Sunstar Announces Return of World Dental Hygienist Awards

Sunstar will bring back the World Dental Hygienist Awards to recognize international dental hygienists who have made an impact in the profession.

Oral healthcare company Sunstar has announced that, through a partnership with the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), they will be relaunching the World Dental Hygienist Awards (WDHA). The WDHA was created in 2007 and is meant to recognize achievements and contributions to the dental hygiene field. It was put on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic but will return at the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Seoul, South Korea, in 2024.

“IFDH is proud to continue its involvement with Sunstar since the very beginning of this valuable program in 2007,” President of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists, Wanda Fedora says in a press release from Sunstar. “The only global meeting place for dental hygienists–ISDH–has provided a unique and appropriate setting for the excitement when these distinguished awards are announced.”

A regional Award of Distinction has been created in partnership with the European Dental Hygienist Federation to celebrate European dental hygienists. This will combine with a North America Award of Distinction to be a qualification round to the WDHA program. The regional awards and the WDHA are split into 6 categories including Public Health, Full Time Clinician, Academia, Entrepreneur, New RDH, and Research.

“We are delighted to announced that the World Dental Hygienist Awards will be returning in 2024 as the sixth edition of the awards, along with the introduction of the new European region category,” Director of the Sunstar Foundation, Mayumi Kaneda says in the press release. “To acknowledge and recognize the significant efforts of worldwide registered dental hygienists is incredibly motivating and inspiring to not only the current industry, but to the past and future professionals too, and we look forward to welcoming all entries.”

The deadline for nominations is March 31st, 2023. Selections will be held from April 2023 to June 2023, and the winners will be awarded at the World Dental Hygienist Awards in 2024.