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  • 28 Apr 2020 10:18 PM | Anonymous

    As of January 1, 2020, all licensed professionals in Illinois are required to complete a 1 CEU hour course in Sexual Harassment Prevention. This does not to include the mandatory annual training that an employer is to conduct for all employees in their practice. The annual employee training must be taken in office and on company time (paid). The 1 CEU hour course taken for your licensure renewal must be an IDFPR approved provider (if you are unsure, please contact IDFPR to verify), and you must obtain and present the completion certificate to IDFPR if asked.

    Here is more information about the required Sexual Harassment Prevention Training CE  law from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR):  https://www.idfpr.com/FAQ/DPR/DPR%20Sexual%20harassment%20prevention%20CE.pdf

    Here are links to a couple (approved$15.00 CE courses: 



    Here is a link to an approved, free CE course:


    Please do all you can to share this information.  Don't pay $50 or $100 for this course.  Let's make sure all the dental hygienists in Illinois are aware of their options regarding CE.

    Thank you - Your IDHA team

  • 25 Apr 2020 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 Resources

    When the economy begins to reopen, and employers begin calling you back to work, IDHA wants to ensure we can all be #HealthyAtWork. Dental hygienists need to have the latest, necessary information regarding PPE and how to be safe in the workplace. As you may know, dental aerosols increase the risk of transmission within the dental office, and more thorough research is pertinent to guide us forward.  Sources of aerosols include (but are not limited to): air/water syringe, ultrasonics, hand scaling, and usage of all handpieces. COVID-19 has been shown to be suspended in aerosols and on surfaces for prolonged periods.  It is our duty to protect our patients from ourselves and from other patients.  Visit here to see the list of the State of Illinois executive orders.  See the recent SIREN notification by Illinois Department of Public Health sent out on April 14 (these will also be posted below).

    If you feel that you are working, or are being asked to work, in an unsafe environment due to insufficient or ineffective PPE or aerosol control, the most important first step is to discuss those concerns with your employer. We do know that the previous standard precautions are not effective against this virus, and the bare minimum PPE should include a full face-shield with a disposable N95 maskGoggles are needed for patients, not just safety glasses. Please remember that we took an oath to do no harm.

    Below are many resources listed to help you prepare yourself and your team.  If your management still fails to provide a satisfactory solution after sharing resources and recommendations, there are links listed below to report unsafe working conditions.  Please note the current CDC recommendations are to postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits.  “Services should be limited to emergency visits only during this period of the pandemic. These actions help staff and patients stay safe, preserve personal protective equipment and patient care supplies, and expand available health system capacity.  This recommendation aligns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations, which states to limit all non-essential planned surgeries and procedures, including dental, until further notice.”

    Visit ADHA.org/covid19 for updated information. 
    State of Illinois COVID-19 website
    Send questions to ADHA Return to Work Taskforce

    ADHA Governor campaign on returning to work
    Contact Illinois Department of Public Health

    Infection Control Resources
    Denta Quest Webinars – Infection Control 1 and Infection Control 2
    Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the Covid-19 Response
    List of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
    Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19
    OSHA Very High exposure risk to procedures creating aerosols
    OSHA Control and Protection (scroll down, select Healthcare, scroll down, select airborne precautions)
    General mask information
    Research and Articles on COVID-19 and Dentistry
    Journal of Endodontics
    Journal of Dental Research
    Saudi Dental Journal
    COVID-19 and the Problem with Dental Aerosols – Perio-Implant Advisory
    Illinois Department of Health
    Liability and Labor
    Employers cannot retaliate against employees reporting unsafe conditions
    Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

    Reporting Unsafe Working/Patient Environments
    OSHA – file a complaint
    American Association of Dental Boards – file a complaint (this can be done anonymously)
    Illinois Attorney General

    If you feel you are in an unsafe HOME environment, or know someone that is, you can contact the domestic violence hotline at 1-877-863-6338 or contact your local law enforcement. If you do not feel safe to do either of those, please send us a message on our Facebook page or email us at leadership.idha@gmail.com and tell us that you are "Interested in learning more on how to attend the upcoming CE course" and we will get back to you ASAP for the next steps.

  • 21 Apr 2020 5:11 PM | Anonymous

    We are aware many states are preparing to reopen the economy, including some dental offices, as early as this week. We know that access to appropriate PPE is a significant concern for the dental hygiene community. We need to unite and ensure our governors step up to support dental hygienists and ensure their access to appropriate PPE should their employer dental offices reopen. In order to protect the dental team and patients, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) continues to support the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) in recommending dental facilities postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks
    Governors need to hear your concerns about returning to work.


  • 15 Apr 2020 3:28 PM | Anonymous

    April 24 & 25, 2020


  • 15 Apr 2020 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    April 19 & 20, 2020


  • 3 Dec 2019 9:24 PM | Anonymous

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  • 4 Oct 2019 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    Do you have questions about the Public Health Dental Hygienist training?  We've added this youtube videos to provide answers.  If you still are curious about the training - email us at: mail@idha.netA


  • 15 Jul 2019 10:06 PM | Anonymous

    Hello Potential Certified Public Health Dental Hygienists,

    As you may have read, the PHDH training criteria has several mandatory topics along with specific required continuing education hours.  Our plan is to prepare an informational webinar providing clear information for those interested in pursuing the PHDH certification.  For now, “self-study” courses are available on the American Dental Hygienists’ Association website.   After August 15, ADHA will launch its new learning management system which will also provide relevant classes.  Other options are to attend the Missouri Dental Hygienists’ Association Conference (https://www.cezoom.com/events/?conf=399) or Wisconsin’s INDIGO (https://www.cezoom.com/events/?conf=374) – both scheduled on October 4-5, 2019.  We will rely on interest to determine the schedule of the eight-hour review, exam and presentation of certificate (as mandated by the Illinois Dental Practice Act).   Here’s a few classes to get started.  Remember to meticulously retain your records regarding documentation related to the PHDH.

    Pharmacology 5 CEs: Polypharmacy and Off-label Drug Use in Dentistry (2 CEs)

    Pediatric 5 CEs:  Childhood Obesity: Dental Hygienists’ Beliefs, Attitudes, and Barriers to Patient Education (2 CEs)

    Preventing Early Childhood Caries (2 CEs)

    Geriatric 5 CEs: Professional Caregivers’ Oral Care Practices and Beliefs for Elderly Clients Aging in Place (2 CEs)

    Oral Health Status of Independent Older Adults (2 CEs)

    Medically compromised patients5 CEs: Oral Health and Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia in Elderly Patients: A Review of the Literature (2 CEs)

    Utilizing a Diabetes Risk Test and A1c Point-of-Care Instrument to Identify Increased Risk for Diabetes in an Educational Dental Hygiene Setting (2 CEs)

    Pathology 5 CEs:  Coming Soon

    Medical Recordkeeping 4 CEs:  Coming Soon

    5 CEs total for these areas of study

    Special needs dentistry:  Access to Preventive Oral Health Services for Homebound Populations: a pilot program (2 CEs)

    Pica: a Direct Link to Oral Health (2 CEs)

    Teledentistry: Coming soon

    Nutritional needs of geriatric and low income patients: Food Security and Unmet Dental Care Needs in Adults in the United States (2 CEs)

    Communication techniques with non-English speaking patients:  Coming soon

    Cultural competency: Treatment of a Culturally Diverse Refugee Population (2 CEs)

    Professional ethics:  Assessing Dental Hygienists’ Communication Techniques for Use with Low Oral Health Literacy Patients (2 CEs)

  • 20 Jun 2019 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    Gurnee office needs some temp help for the next couple weeks (June 24-July 5) while hygienist is on vacation. Our temp fell through. Monday 9-7, Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-6, Friday 8:30-6. July 3rd is 8:30-2 and will be closed July 4th. One hour appointment for adults. If you can help, please call Amber at 847.244.4000

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