Make your dental hygienist a partner in disease prevention

Did you know? Oral diseases are among the most prevalent chronic illnesses. Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to pain and tooth loss and have a significant negative impact on your ability to learn, work, socialize, speak or even eat. Once considered localized infections, oral diseases are now associated with diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

A visit with your dental hygienist today can protect your overall health for tomorrow. Dental hygienists are primary health care providers and members of the sixth largest registered health profession in Canada, who work in a variety of settings including dental offices, public health clinics, and retirement homes. An increasing number own and operate their own clinics or use mobile equipment to deliver care to clients in the community, in their homes or long-term care facilities.

During regular appointments, your dental hygienist will examine your mouth, head, and neck and recommend preventive treatments, such as dental sealants or fluoride, when warranted. Dental hygienists can also perform oral cancer screenings or custom-fit you with a protective sports mouthguard.
They will work with you to develop a proactive oral hygiene plan that you can implement at home based on six simple steps:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste;
2. Floss daily;
3. Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash once a day;
4. Eat healthy foods and avoid sugary treats;
5. Eliminate tobacco use; and 6. Schedule regular dental visits.

To learn more about oral health practices that will protect your overall health, visit dentalhygienecanada.ca for articles and resources, and use the handy search engine to locate an independent dental hygienist near you.

@The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association