Dental Hygiene Month
Celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month
It’s not everyday that we thank our dental hygienists for all the hard work they do for their patients. Day in and day out they bring energy, knowledge, skill, tired backs and the utmost care for their patients! A BIG “THANK YOU” to Liz, Mallory, and Pam!
Dental Hygienists do more than “clean teeth”, they are a wealth of knowledge in regards to your overall health. Dental hygienists screen for serious health problems, such as HIV infection, oral cancer, eating disorders, substance abuse and diabetes. Two out of three dental hygienists report that they see signs of hypertension and heart disease in some of their patients. (ADHA)
- Periodontal Gum Disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults! Hygienists can help prevent this with hygiene exams and cleanings every 6 months.
- Dental Caries (cavities) is the major cause of tooth loss in children! Hygienists can help prevent this with hygiene exams and cleanings every 6 months!
- Infants are more prone to early tooth decay if they routinely fall asleep with milk, juice, or other sugary liquids. Water is best! Dental exams for babies are recommended starting when they get their first tooth.
- Toothbrushes should be replaced every 2-3 months or after an illness/cold.
- Dental caries (cavities), tooth decay, is an infectious, transmissible disease. It’s not recommended to share toothbrushes, straws, cups, chap stick, etc.
- Oral cancer is more prevalent in women than men, with tobacco being the leading cause!
Dental hygienist can help to prevent many dental diseases/infections with routine assessments and cleanings. It’s recommended to see a dentist and dental hygienist every 6 months to help improve & maintain your best possible oral health.
American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Oral Health Fast Facts. https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/72210_Oral_Health_Fast_Facts_&_Stats.pdf. Accessed October 23, 2019.