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From the President:

Greetings Friends,

Can you believe we are already halfway through the month of March? I hope your year is off to a fabulous start. In February we celebrated National Children's Dental Health month, in this issue we are thrilled to highlight some of the outreach efforts our members were involved in. I attended the Dental Hygiene Education Fair presented by the Students of the American Dental Hygienists Association (SADHA) of NHTI. I witnessed the excitement and smiling faces of approximately 150 children as they learned about oral health at the Boy and Girls Club. As children made their way around the oral health stations located on the perimeter of the auditorium, they were greeted by dental hygiene students (some even in costume). After each activity they children were given a dental health related item to take home in their "loot bag". I was also very impressed with the level of professionalism the dental hygiene students displayed. This marked the 9 th year of the fair, it began as an idea of Professor Rachel Leo-Flagg, a SADHA advisor, who continues to organize the event each year. It is just one example of NHTI's commitment to community outreach. Please remember to send in pictures and information about efforts you have participated in so that we may publish in future newsletters.

I want to welcome all of our new members who have joined over the past year. As well as thanking all of long time members, your confidence in our ability to represent you is recognized and valued. Please know that NHDHA does not take the investment you have made in your profession lightly. We are diligently working to advance the profession of dental hygiene. You are professionally represented and your voice is heard within collaborating organizations in the greater dental community, including the New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition, The New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners, NHTI Dental Advisory board and the Dental Hygienist's Committee.

I have had the opportunity to attend the past two monthly meetings of the Dental Hygienist' committee and the Board of Dental examiners. Not only was it very interesting and informative, I left with such admiration for my colleagues commitment to the profession. The amount of time, effort and dedication these board members demonstrate is amazing. The meetings are open to all and I encourage you to attend, they are held the first Monday of each month. The Dental Hygienists' Committee meets at 1:30 pm and the Board of Dental Examiners at 3:00pm. Both are held at the board's administrative office I the Pillsbury building, at 121 South Fruit Street Concord.

Have you had a chance to visit the new updated ADHA website? I recently lost track of time as I explored all the pertinent useful information it contains. I challenge you to check it out yourself and see if you don't walk away learning something new.

In addition to organizing a year packed with high quality, relevant CE's, your Board of Trustees is preparing for Annual session. This year you will be represented by two delegates and two alternate delegates, who will vote on bylaws and policy that affect YOU! Please share with us your thoughts so that we may convey them on a National level. We would love to have you join us June 20-25 in Columbus, Ohio.

Be well,


"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
NHTI SADHA at Dental Hygiene Education Fair
Katie on left Andrea on right using puppets for education demonstration.

Brittanie Toothpaste, Yanna Toothbrush

Billie Lunt, RDH SADHA Advisor-left, Saya, Toothfairy-middle, Rachel Leo Flagg, RDH SADHA Advisor-right

Dental Hygiene students with the children.

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Board Member Anne Sleeper, RDH, CPHDH celebrating Children's Dental Hygiene Month Foster's Newspaper Reports

Feb 19, 2018 at 2:20 PM  Feb 19, 2018 at 2:20 PM

DOVER - The Children's Museum of New Hampshire has partnered with more than two dozen area dentists during the month of February for a variety of fun programs centered on dental health. Children's Dental Health Month is a program developed by the American Dental Association that has grown from a two-city event in 1941 into a nationwide program celebrated across the United States.
Throughout the month, museum educators will offer a variety of fun programs and experiments like tooth storytime, examining animals skulls, elephant toothpaste experiments, crafting tooth fairy pouches and animal teeth and so much more. Every child who visits during February will also get a free toothbrush and toothpaste to take home, thanks to the Museum's Toothbrush Sponsor, Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry.
In addition to all the crafts and experiments, the museum welcomes local dentists as special guests throughout the month. Anne Sleeper, RDH, CPHDH from Wentworth Health Partners Dental Center and representatives from Core Physicians/Exeter Hospital have already visited and offered fun activities. Lakeside Smiles Pediatric Dentistry will visit Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Goodwin Dental Clinic will visit Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to offer free dental activities.
Then also on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m., Dr. Timothy Hunt from Hunt Veterinary Consulting is back to teach visitors all about animal teeth. Guests will observe and evaluate pictures of animal teeth, learn about the tools veterinarians use to give pet's teeth a good cleaning and why dental hygiene for pets is so important.
This is the Children's Museum of New Hampshire's fourth year of participating in Dental Health Month. "Getting kids interested in brushing their teeth is a challenge for every parent," said Carolyn Hogan, Development Coordinator at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire. "I struggle with it daily with my own children. It's amazing how much energy a child loses when you say that it's time to brush their teeth!"
"Luckily for us, we know a lot of wonderful teeth experts in the area," said Paula Rais, Vice President of Development and Community Engagement at the Children's Museum. "Whenever we can try to partner with local experts who can talk to our guests and give them timely resources, we'll happily do it. It adds another level to the hands-on discovery that we offer here at the museum.
Sponsors for Dental Health Month include Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry, Seacoast Endodontic Associates, Cochecho Dental, Lakeside Smiles, Crest + Oral-B, Core Physicians, Northeast Delta Dental, Alliance for Dental Care, Daniel De Tolla, DDS, MD, Dover Dental Associates, Hillside Family Dental Care, Geri R. Hunter, DMD, Lenk Orthodontics, Michael St. Germain, DMD, North Hampton Dental Group, Piscataqua Dental Partners, Seacoast Pediatric Dentistry, Merrimack Dental, Ahern, Nichols, Aher & Hersey, Louis Clarizio, DDS, PA, Anne Barclay-Filler, DMD, PA, Northwood Family Dental, Harvey Family Dental Practice, Brenda Berkal, DMD, R. Susan Horsley, DMD, PA, Salem Family Dental, PC, Wentworth Health Partners Dental Center, and Goodwin Dental Clinic.
To learn more about Dental Health Month at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, visit

Jaime Murphy RDH, CE Chair and Immediate Past President Celebrating Children's Dental Hygiene Month with local Elementary School Students.


Congratulations and Thank you!

Past Years New Members (Please let us know if we have inadvertently missed you)

Cheryl Allen
Lauran Berntsen
Kayla Berry
Danielle D'Alessandro
Felicia Fields
Arianna Garland
LeaAnne Haney
Christa Keddie
Michelle McGlew
Holly Mulhern
Mary Norton
Karen O'Connor
Lisa Pastro
Kathrine Pattison
Lauren Purell
Noelle Travers
Amanda Washburn
Annual Session June 20-25, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio

From submitting testimony to voting on the House of Delegates Floor, we are working to be YOUR voice at our National Meeting. Team building, Awards, Networking, Education, Product Testing, and more are all part of the work and experience of Annual Session. Please join NHDHA in thanking Susanne Kuehl, RDH, Jaime Murphy, RDH, Pam Delahanty, RDH and Anne Sleeper, RDH for their hard work and dedication, not only to our profession, but specifically to our state as they prepare to represent US in Columbus! 

Annual session is open to everyone, if you are interested in attending in Columbus, Ohio in 2018, please let us know! It is always a fun-filled and educational event! 

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The ADHA's core ideology is focused on leading the transformation of the dental hygiene profession to improve the public's oral and overall health. The ADHA's vision is that dental hygienists are integrated into the health care delivery system as essential primary care providers to expand access to oral health care. The mission of ADHA is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene. We work to:
  • Ensure access to quality oral health care
  • Increase awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention
  • Promote the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research
  • Represent and promote the interests of dental hygienists
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