The first-ever World Dental Hygienist Awards will be given at the International Federation of Dental Hygienists Symposium on Thursday, July 19, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.

Cosponsored by the Sunstar Foundation for Oral Health Promotion and Sunstar Americas, the awards recognize and encourage dental hygienists and students of dental hygiene who make contributions to the community of dentistry, to the profession, or to the public.

Award winners were chosen from papers submitted to the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. Submissions were divided into three award categories: research papers on dentistry, reports of activities that contribute to the promotion of oral health, and activity reports or essays written by dental hygiene students on dental hygiene or volunteer work.

The award recipients are:

  • Research Category, ($5,000 prize): “Risk for Development of Atherosclerosis in Women with High Amount of Dental Plaque and Severe Gingival Inflammation,” submitted by Birgitta Soder and Maha Yakob from the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
  • Project Category, ($3,000 prize): “The Experience of a Canadian Dental Hygienist in the Dominican Republic,” submitted by Elina Katsman from Toronto, who reported on the activities carried out by “Sonrisas” to promote oral health.
  • Student Category, ($2,000 prize): “Dental Hygiene Residential Care in a 3-Year Dental Hygiene Education Program in Japan. Towards Dysphagia Management Based on the Dental Hygiene Process of Care,” submitted by Tomomi Nishimura, Chigusa Takahashi, and Eri Takahashi from the Miyagi Advanced Dental Hygienist College, Japan.

Each award recipient will also receive a commemorative trophy.