Dr. William K. Hettenhausen, Executive Director
YTFL Mailing Address Change:
|YTFL Foundation P.O. Box 2631, Thunder Bay ON P7B 5G2.|
|YTFL Foundation, P.O. Box 10215, Thunder Bay ON P7B 6T7.|
Special thanks to Dr. Peter DeGiacomo and Dr. Bruce Pynn for their help in
meeting the dental needs of an elderly patient with advanced radiation caries.
We were able to get some excellent digital pictures of the surgery. This case
provides a lesson in the destructive and painful nature of radiation caries, which
if anticipated or detected early is preventable. (Digital *.jpg photos of the oral
surgery are available by e-mail upon request firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fear of Flossing Video:
Shaw Cable TV accepted our latest 15 minute dental health promotion video
and broadcast it 8 times in prime time during February and March. Mr. Jim
Farrell is a freelance writer, videographer and grateful patient that made
this video for the 14% of the public that are still not using dental services
preventively yet. The video teaches that it is far better to learn about
prevention through regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene, than it is
to learn about the high cost of neglect by waiting until it hurts. Congratulations
Jim on a job well done!
Forum on Interdisciplilary Gerontology (FIG):
Dr. Hettenhausen was invited to give a presentation at Lakehead University's
Health Sciences North on February 16th. The session entitled, "How to die young
at a very old age", chronicled the benefits of regular dental care and nutrition
on the aging process with examples of positive aging drawn from Hettenhausen's
private practice and continuing education lectures.
Manitoba Dental Hygienists' Assn. Hosts YTFL Lecture Series:
The University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Dental Hygienists' Association
full day YTFL Presentation on "Dental Health, Wellness and Nutrition" was held
on Saturday, February 24, 2001 in the Basic Medical Sciences Building at the
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus. 23 hygienists, 3 students and two
dentists were in attendance and the presentation was very well received.
Special thanks to Kathy Mastrobuono, Carol-Ann Yakiwchuk RDH, and Salme Lavigne
RDH MS for seeing that the program was such a success and for their kind hospitality.
4TH Annual First Nations DHMonth Colouring Contest:
We have already received requests for colouring pages from 29 First Nation Communities
involving more than 1,398 children. It looks like it is going to be an even bigger
success this year! The contest is designed to promote better dental health and nutrition
awareness in Northern Ontario First Nation communities and to get the message of Kiminoya
Geepidun, Gichicandun Showegwenin (Healthy Teeth, Happy Smile) out to children and their
YTFL Abstract Accepted for Presentation:
Dr. Bruce Pynn brought back a "Call for Abstracts" from the Canadian Dental Public
Health Association and the submission of our Healthy Teeth, Happy Smile First Nations
Elementary School Dental Health Month Colouring Contest was one of 8 abstracts accepted
for presentation Friday, April 20th at the Univ. of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry.
Blueberry Dental Health Adventure:
Three sessions were held at Shkoday Abinojiiwik Obimiwedoon (Thunder Bay Aboriginal
Head Start). 46 children heard the story of Young Beaver, Clever Racoon and the secret
of how eating blueberries can lead to better dental health. Then they washed their hands,
ate the blueberries like Clever Racoon, and brushed all the blue plaque bugs away.
The children showed off their clean teeth to Dr. Hettenhausen and children needing
checkups were referred into the dental community.
A special big meegwitch (thank you) to Walter Prince, Health Canada FNIHB, and to the
TBAHS teachers and parents for making this program development possible.
YTFL Dental/Medical Health Evaluation Systems Research:
Dr. Hettenhausen has been participating in medical head and neck clinic rounds with
Dr. Anthes and Dr. Turner at the NWO Regional Cancer Centre. It provides an opportunity
to screen and educate new patients to prevent unresolved dental health issues from
becoming major problems during cancer therapy. Special Thanks to Dr. Dhaliwal CEO
and Pat Sevean Clinical Research Co-ordinator for their continuing support of this
YTFL.ON.CA Website Development:
Sir Winston Churchill CVI's OAC Website Planning Group presented a general appraisal
of the current YTFL First Nations Healthy Teeth, Happy Smile website. They also made
suggestions for improvements and recommended some helpful changes to the basic homepage
layout and design. Special thanks to Dylan Howe OAC Captain, his team and to J.K.
Koivisto and Earline Bopp for their support of our YTFL website development.
Take Care and Be Care-less!
Yours in Healthy Smiles,
William K. Hettenhausen DDS, Y.T.F.L. Executive Director
A LIFETIME (Y.T.F.L.) PREVENTIVE
DENTISTRY FOUNDATION - "A History"
William K Hettenhausen DDS, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2631,
Thunder Bay, Ontario, CANADA.
The Foundation was established on January 1, 1978, granted its
Letters Patent and non-profit charitable organization
status in 1980, and received official recognition by the
Ontario Dental Association in 1982.
The purpose of the foundation is to
help communicate positive health values to both the
public and the health professions. It is intended to form
the nucleus of a preventive dentistry information and
resource facility to further increase the availability of
health generative information, through research,
instruction and communication.
If you are
interested in becoming involved in the "Secrets
of a Healty Smile," or becoming
involved in our next Y.T.F.L. project, please E-mail us
The following are some examples of our
- For six years YTFL operated an
experimental Dental Health Education
Centre in Selkirk High-school. The grade
nine and eleven students were screened and a
prevention based secondary school dental health
education program was developed.
- A computer assisted Dental
Health Education Program was proposed,
and prototype curriculum design specifications
were drawn up. A YTFL Interactive Educational
Technology (I.E.T.) Project received partial
funding from the Health Promotion Branch of the
Ontario Ministry of Health. Presentations have
been made at Lakehead University's Faculty of
Education, Physical Education and Athletics, and
to more than 200 Nursing and Physical Education
students in Biology.
- A YTFL Continuing
Education Program has been developed for
secondary school teacher's professional
development and Healthy Food Banquets have been
held in two local high schools.
- A YTFL Orthodontic Dental
Health Education Program was developed
to test the effectiveness of various oral hygiene
aids (Floss/Threaders/Brushes vs. Water
Irrigators) using 12 problem cases referred by
two local orthodontists.
- The YTFL High Tech Health
Adventure Cable Television Video Series "The
Secrets of a Healthy Smile" was the
"Winner of the 1986 CCTA Award for
Excellence in Programming - Educational" for
all of Canada. (Chosen from 240 entries)
Currently, work is continuing on the "Health
Quest" adventure video, entitled, "The
Jewel and the Giant" which features a
futuristic portable interactive biospace health
education classroom featuring an oral health
- A "Healthy Smiles For
Seniors" Gerontology Project
developed in conjunction with the Thunder Bay
Dental Association to service the needs of
seniors in our community continues to provide
YTFL gerontology presentations for nursing staff
and residents of local senior citizen's homes.
(Dawson Court, Grandview Lodge, Cumberland Hall,
Central Park Lodge, St. Joseph's Heritage,
Hogarth-Westmount and St.Joseph's Hospital
Medical Day Care).
- 170 YTFL "Secrets of
a Healthy Smile" slide
presentations have been given to community groups
and service organizations. (This includes free
public presentations at schools, libraries,
colleges, universities, hospitals, and senior
- 131 "Generating
Health in the Oral Environment"
lectures have been given to health professionals
and their support organizations (ie. physicians,
nurses, pharmacists, hospital and collective
living centre staffs, and university
- 51 YTFL slide and
lecture presentations by Dr. Hettenhausen
on primary prevention and nutrition have been
given to Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting and
Dental Receptionist students at Confederation
College of Applied Arts & Technology since
- 35 "Your Teeth For a
Lifetime" slide and lecture
programs to dentists and auxiliaries by Dr.
Hettenhausen have been sponsored by
invitation of the Royal College of Dental
Surgeons of Ontario (R.C.D.S.O.) to component
societies across Ontario (Approved for Mandatory
Continuing Education MCDE points).
- 58,000 YTFL Oral
Health Education Booklets have already been distributed through
dental offices, district health units, and public
service organizations across Canada and the
U.S.A. (including 28 other countries courtesy of
the Federation Dentaire International (FDI).
- 461 "PLAK-LITE" disclosing
systems distributed by YTFL are seeing active use
in dental practices and 26 health units across
the province. 6 Provincial Governments have also
ordered YTFL Preventive materials, including
PLAK-LITE Systems, videos and preventive support
materials for dental public health school
- 755 YTFL members
including life members, patrons, professional
associates, supporting groups and subscribers are
currently on our Foundation's mailing list and
help us spread the message of "Better Health
Through Preventive Dentistry".
- In 1986,
a special YTFL presentation was given to the
staff at Manifest Communications
to assist them in the development of the Canadian
Dental Association's Dental Awareness Program.
The Five Point Prevention Plan was officially
adopted by the CDA in 1988.
- A Dental Health Awareness video
entitled, " Disclosing For Dental Health
& The 5 Point Prevention Plan" has been written, and
produced by YTFL for the Canadian Dental
Association to make the "Great Canadian
Plaque Test" an integral part of Dental
- "Use of a
Database in Clinical Dentistry"
was published in the 1989 ODA Journal and a
working software prototype of a YTFL Oral Health
Evaluation System (OHES) placed 3rd out of 31
table clinic entries at the 125th Annual ODA
Convention in Toronto. Currently, four
enthusiastic Lakehead University Faculty of
Business 4th year students in the Decision
Systems Support (DSS) Group are adapting the
software to operate in Microsoft Windows and
allow the program to be used in any dental office
with a DOS personal computer.
- A YTFL gerontology presentation, "What
a Difference a Little Care Makes"
by Dr. Hettenhausen is made available
for the continuing education of nurses and
institutional gerontological care providers
through the Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology.
- YTFL has worked
with McKellar General Hospital Dental
Staff to develop the Patient Mouthcare
Standards recently passed by the Medical Advisory
and Nursing Practice Councils. 100 adult YTFL
Dental Health Kits have been donated to the
hospital for patients in need.
- YTFL Healthy Native
Lifestyle Program Dental Health Awareness
presentation by Dr. Hettenhausen entitled,
"The Secrets of a Healthy Smile" has
been provided for the staff and support personal
of Wequedong Lodge. Culturally appropriate
preventive materials including a colouring book,
board game and role-model poster was developed
with the help of YTFL. Presentations have also
been given to Native Community Health
Representative (C.H.R.) students from 22 First
Nation communities across Northwestern Ontario.
- The Thunder Bay Healthy
Lifestyle Coalition sponsored a YTFL
presentation by Dr. Hettenhausen to
native youth and elders at the Nishinabe-Aski
First Nation "Wekongay"(gathering).
- The Thunder Bay
Multi-cultural Association sponsors YTFL
slide and lecture presentations to English Second
Language (ESL) program classes to Thunder Bay's
immigrants. We also provide toothbrushes, floss,
toothpaste samplers and information brochures.
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