Sunstar Launches 2024 Regional Awards of Distinction for Dental Hygienists

08 February 2024

Sunstar Oral Health, a division of Sunstar, is proud to unveil the latest edition of the Regional Awards of Distinction for Dental Hygienists. These prestigious accolades aim to acknowledge the exceptional contributions of dental hygienists across Europe and North America, highlighting their significant impact on the field of dental hygiene.

The European and North American Awards of Distinction are now officially open for entries, offering dental hygienists a unique opportunity for recognition. By participating in these awards, hygienists can not only showcase their work but also gain automatic qualification for the esteemed World Dental Hygienist Award, elevating their professional standing on a global scale.

Winners of the Awards of Distinction will be unveiled in July 2024, marking a momentous occasion for the honorees and the dental hygiene community as a whole.

Created in collaboration with esteemed partners such as the European Dental Hygienist Federation (EDHF) and RDH Magazine, these regional awards celebrate excellence in dental hygiene across diverse categories. Supported by the Sunstar Foundation, the European and North American Awards of Distinction provide a platform for hygienists to showcase their achievements and contributions within their respective regions.

Qualified dental hygienists are encouraged to submit their entries before the deadlines: March 31, 2024, for the North American Award and April 15, 2024, for the European Award. Whether self-nominating or nominating a deserving colleague, all officially registered dental hygienists are eligible to participate.

The categories for both awards encompass Public Health, Full-Time Clinician, Academia, Entrepreneurship, New RDH, and Research, offering a comprehensive spectrum of recognition for diverse accomplishments within the field.

Moreover, these regional awards serve as stepping stones toward the coveted World Dental Hygienists Award, established in 2007 and reinstated last year after a temporary hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2024 WDHA winners will be announced during the International Symposium of Dental Hygiene in Seoul, with the next edition slated for January 2025.

Gitana Rederiene, president of the European Dental Hygienist Federation, comments on the new edition of the European Award of Distinction announcement: “We have been very impressed by the standard of nominations received for the 2023 awards European Award of Distinction, and the EDHF is delighted to continue our involvement in the 2024 edition together with Sunstar.”

Comments Jackie Sanders, RDH, MBA, Chief Editor of RDH Magazine: “We have seen how the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction has become the annual celebration of dental hygienists, and we are extremely proud to have built this along with Sunstar over the years.”

Adds Mayumi Kaneda, Director of the Sunstar Foundation: “Our commitment to celebrating dental hygienists is now stronger than ever with not just one, but three awards dedicated to acknowledging their successes and achievements globally.”

Independent selection committees will evaluate nominations across all categories, ensuring impartial recognition of excellence. Winners will not only receive regional acclaim but also qualify for the prestigious WDHA, with the chance to attend the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene and the accompanying award ceremony in Milan in 2026.

For more information and details on prizes, dental hygienists are encouraged to visit the following links:

- European Award of Distinction

- North American Award of Distinction

- World Dental Hygienist Awards

Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your achievements and be part of a global celebration of dental hygiene excellence!

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