April 23, 2020: An Announcement from NHDHA President, Myra Nikitas, RDH

Dear colleagues:
The enthusiasm for our profession has declined due to the uncertainty of our future in Dental Hygiene. I can assure you that the proactive measures we are taking as an association during these times have us working hard to provide each practicing dental hygienist in NH with a sense of relief by reviewing the safety precautions both for us and our patients. The daily updates on the COVID-19 pandemic are a constant reminder of the battle our country is facing. We are advocating for all the RDHs and hear your concerns on going back to work. We need to work together and stay strong, and we will overcome this crisis.
As we all know, dental offices, amongst many businesses, have been affected, causing great stress and financial burdens. As members of the NHDHA, we are fighting statewide and nationally to have our concerns professionally heard. Here in NH, we have been working closely with our lobbyist group in voicing our concerns relative to opening offices too soon and potentially causing the virus to spread quicker. The wellness and safety of our patients and ourselves is extremely important at this time. Our profession has never been impacted due to a pandemic before, and we are learning day-by-day what changes to make within our profession. This virus is ever-changing and we do not know when preventative services will be allowed to resume. We have to rise up and support each other, not only in our professional association but as colleagues, as well.
I can assure you that as your president and also a practicing dental hygienist, I understand that aerosols and the highly-susceptible environment we work in are huge threats to us and our patients. I will continue to work to the best of my ability to make us all feel we can safely return to work. I need all of us to come together, have faith, and know that we all chose a very rewarding profession, and we will make it great again!
In closing, I trust you all will be joining us for our continuing education webinar on Monday, April 27th from 1-3 pm. We are proud to have Chasity DeMers, RDH, BS and Kristina Dion, RDH, BS as our presenters to help us understand how to navigate through infection control and protect ourselves and our patients after COVID-19. The webinar is entitled, "Dental Infection Control & Your Practice: What Will Happen After COVID-19?" You can register by clicking here, for a cost of only $10.00.
Stay safe,
Myra Nikitas, RDH
NHDHA President