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 it is the key to a happy and productive life. This fact may be something to think about, especially since we want our smiles to last a lifetime.

Dental Hygienist holding large toothbrush The month of April is Oral Health Month and an important part of this celebration is National Dental Hygienists Week, April 8-14. Focusing on the importance of maintaining good oral health practices, this event is 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, reassuring a child about losing a baby tooth, providing care to adult with periodontal disease or assisting a senior the elderly coping with reduced saliva flow, 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.

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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