Smile! It’s National Dental Hygienist’s Week

Registered Dental Hygienists – Your Partners in Oral Health

4306490_sA copyApril is Oral Health Month and the week of April 11-17 which just so happens to be this week, is National Dental Hygienists Week.

Dental Hygienists are important members of the oral healthcare team and are experts in prevention.

Oral health comprises more than just teeth and gum care and is key to your overall health.

The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) regulates the professional practice of dental hygienists to ensure all Ontarians receive high quality care.

Having been a Dental Hygienist for 31 years (that is a love/hate statement), I have seen a lot of changes in the field of dentistry.  Back in 1978 when I graduated, we did not wear masks, glasses or gloves; imagine trying that today!  However, aside from all the developments in technology and equipment, I think the biggest change has been the transition of the profession of dental hygiene into an integral provider of primary health care.

National Dental Hygienists Week is a perfect time to remember that a healthy mouth is much more than a great smile.  Regular brushing and flossing, a healthy diet, and visits to your dental hygienist contribute to a lifetime of talking, eating and smiling.

Most Canadians are now aware of the relationship between oral health and systemic health; Heart Disease, Diabetes, Respiratory Ailments and low birth weight/premature babies have been directly linked to poor oral health.  Even now, in certain forward-thinking practices, medicine and dentistry are finally joining forces as professionals realize that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body.  Whole-Body dentistry seems kind of obvious and has certainly been a long time coming.

Please remember that as of September, 2007 you may now see a dental hygienist without having to see a dentist and that when necessary you will be referred to the appropriate health care provider.

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Kathleen

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