Welcome to NZDHA

The New Zealand Dental Hygienists' Association is the professional association for Dental Hygienists' and Oral Health Therapists in New Zealand. Dental Hygienists' and Oral Health Therapists are oral healthy preventative practitioners. All practicing professionals in NZ are registered with the Dental Council of NZ and work in private practice and the public sector. Our association was formed in 1993 to unite Oral Health Professionals around the New Zealand and world. We have branches across NZ where members can regularly attend meetings to enhance their professional knowledge. Every year we hold an annual conference. The role of the Dental Hygienist and Oral Health Therapist is to help educate and promote good oral health behaviours in patients, treatment and prevention periodontal disease and restorative care up until the age of 18.

The NZDHA provides a significant amount of information and support for its members. If you would like to register to be a member of our association simply click on the "Join Us" section of our website where you will find all the information you require.

Colgate - Bright Smiles, Bright Futures

Why Oral Care?

Almost 50% of children aged 5-11 years have experienced dental decay in their baby teeth*; the earlier children develop good oral health behaviours, the better their long term oral health will be.

The Bright Smiles Bright Futures™ program gives teachers, children and families the tools they need to make good oral health a permanent part of their lives – focusing on building confidence to enable kids to take control of their own oral health.

What’s in the kits?

Primary School: Our Primary School kits are created for children between the ages of 5-9. The kits feature everything you need to fit oral health lessons into your existing curriculum. Each kit is suitable for classes of up to 32 kids.

Preschool: Our Preschool kits are created for children between the ages of 3-5. The kits cover not only good oral health but also hand washing with Palmolive. Each kit is suitable for classes of up to 28 kids.

English and Te reo Māori kits available.

2 easy ways to order!

Online – visit colgateBSBF.com.au

Freecall – 1800 075 685 (Australia) 0800 556 615 (New Zealand)

Maximum of 8 kits per school per year, while stocks last.

To find out more about the program visit colgateBSBF.com.au

*Ministry of Health. 2010. Our Oral Health: Key findings of the 2009 New Zealand Oral Health Survey. Wellington: Ministry of HealthOver 20 Years

Award Winners 2019

Colgate Dame Annette King Award for Excellence and Leadership in Oral Health

Dr Susan Moffatt

Dental Hygienist of the Year

Paula Palmer

Oral Health Therapist of the year

Yun-Yu LIU (YY)

Dental Therapist of the Year

Arish Naresh


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Supporting Organisations & Associations

IFDH - International Federation of Dental Hygienists
The D3 Group
DHAA - Dental Hygienists Association of Australia Ltd
NZAO-Association of Orthodontists
Mene Mene Smiles for Life
Te Ao Marama - The New Zealand Maori Dental Association
ACFF ANZ - Alliance for a Cavity Free Future
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