Dental hygienists celebrate oral health for total health
(NC)—Eating, speaking and smiling are just a few things we do with our mouth that are usually taken for granted. Yet specialists tell us that optimal oral health is the cornerstone of overall health and wellness, and the key to a happy and productive life.
The month of April is Oral Health Month and an important part of this celebration is National Dental Hygienists Week, April 7-13, sponsored by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), a national organization representing the collective voice of more than 24,000 dental hygienists in Canada. The week's theme, “Oral Health for Total Health” reminds all of us that taking care of our mouth, teeth and gums positively impacts on overall health.
CDHA points out that dental hygienists are trained professionals who work with people of all ages, helping them address issues related to oral health care. Whether settling a toddler having their first cleaning or providing care to adult with periodontal disease, the dental hygienist's goal is to help people learn and practice good oral hygiene and help build a foundation for a healthy, happy smile for life.
2013 is a milestone year for dental hygienists in Canada as we celebrate 100 years of the founding of the dental hygiene profession and 50 years of our national association CDHA. Celebrate with us by resolving to make oral hygiene a regular priority in your daily life. Set new goals to achieve better oral health by following these six simple oral health tips: brush, floss, use an oral rinse, eat a healthy diet, eliminate tobacco use and see a dental hygienist regularly.
If you would like to participate, watch for oral health promotions and events in your community throughout the month of April. More information about good oral health practices, including regular news, updates, articles and resources, is available online at www.cdha.ca. On Twitter, follow @theCDHA. On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theCDHA.
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