Dental Hygienists: The Prevention Specialists
Prevention & Treatment Dental hygienists have long labored under the public’s misperception of the profession; “teeth cleaning” fails to capture the essence of the services performed, not only for the patients’ oral health, but for their overall health.
A dental hygienist is a prevention specialist, focused on the early detection and deterrence of dental caries (tooth decay), periodontal (gum) disease, oral cancer and a host of other conditions.
One in five
Dental hygienists know all too well that periodontal disease is one of the most common afflictions in the world. According to the CDC, one in five Americans is currently living with undiagnosed decay. And with 47 million US residents residing in parts of the country with too few oral healthcare professionals, there’s definitely room for improvement.
"According to the CDC, one in five Americans is currently living with undiagnosed decay."
Catching oral health issues early is essential. Not only can tooth decay and periodontal disease lead to costly dental work, a growing body of evidence suggests that these diseases can contribute to more serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.
A new approach
A proactive approach to oral health is an essential part of a healthy life, and the dental hygienist is the best possible resource for in-office services and at-home care best practice information. So schedule an appointment with your dental hygienist today, and don’t hesitate to ask a lot of questions!
Dental hygiene is a growing workforce; with 332 entry-level educational programs in the United States, these preventive oral health professionals work in communities across the nation.
Remember that the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is always available as a credible oral health care resource.