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National Dental Hygienists Week: April 6–12

(NC)— April is Oral Health Month in Canada, and an important part of the celebrations is National Dental Hygienists Week, which takes place from April 6–12.

Sponsored by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), a national organization serving as the collective voice for more than 26,800 dental hygienists across the country, the National Dental Hygienists Week is a perfect opportunity to take up the challenge of making oral hygiene a priority in your daily life. The week's theme is “Oral Health for Total Health” and it reminds us that taking care of our mouth, teeth, and gums positively impacts our overall health.

Dental hygienists are a valuable partner in prevention. They are trained professionals who work in a variety of settings, including independent practice, with people of all ages. Responsible for more than just cleaning teeth, the dental hygienist is a primary health care provider with a goal to educate and guide their patients to embrace oral health as an essential component of overall well-being. Whether calming down toddlers at their first cleaning, or providing care to adults with periodontal disease, the dental hygienist aims to help you build a foundation for a healthy, happy smile for life.

This month, you can support these objectives by setting new dental health goals for yourself, starting with six simple steps: brush, floss, use an oral rinse, eat a healthy diet, eliminate tobacco use, and see a dental hygienist regularly. Watch for oral health promotions and events in your community throughout the month of April.

More information, including regular news, updates, articles and resources, is available online at www.dentalhygienecanada.ca. On Twitter, follow @theCDHA; on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/theCDHA.

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