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March 27, 2017 News Dental HygieneNewsPublic Health

“Oral Health for Total Health” Focused During Dental Hygienists Week

by Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™) takes place from April 8‒14 as part of oral health month in Canada.  During that week, which emphasizes “Oral Health for Total Health,” dental hygienists remind us all that taking care of our mouth, teeth,

March 24, 2017 News Dental CareDentistryNews

Canadian Budget’s Health Care Funding Good News for Dentistry

by Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) supports the federal government’s enhanced investments in the Territorial Health Investment Fund, as outlined in Budget 2017. This funding will improve access to health services in the territories—including children’s oral health services—and will reduce

March 22, 2017 News Dental HygieneNewsPublic Health

Good Dental Hygiene and Nutritious Diet are Directly Linked

by Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

During National Nutrition Month this March, dental hygienists—your partners in prevention—remind everyone of the important link between proper nutrition and oral health. Dental hygienists see first-hand how poor diet and nutrition can affect a person’s oral and overall health.  Foods

March 21, 2017 News Dental CareDental HygieneNews

P.E.I. Dental Hygienists Offering Free Teeth-Cleaning

by CBC News

Some dental hygienists on P.E.I. will offer a free teeth-cleaning clinic on April 8. The one-day clinic is for those who can’t afford the approximately $120 needed to get their teeth cleaned. The Holland College Dental Assisting program in Charlottetown is offering

March 21, 2017 News Dental CareDental researchNews

Many Factors Found to Impact Oral Health Habits, Including Diet, Gender

by University of Arkansas

Findings from the first comprehensive study on the oral health of a population in transition from a foraging, wild-food diet to an agriculture-based diet indicate that oral health is affected not just by diet, but also by gender and behavior

March 20, 2017 News Dental HygieneNewsOral HealthPublic Health

National Dental Hygienists Week (NDHW) is April 8-14

by Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™) takes place from April 8‒14 as part of oral health month in Canada.  During that week, which emphasizes “Oral Health for Total Health,” dental hygienists remind us all that taking care of our mouth, teeth,

March 13, 2017 News Dental HygieneNewsOral Health

CDHA Celebrating World Oral Health Day

by The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

On March 20, oral health professionals around the world will celebrate World Oral Health Day (www.worldoralhealthday.com), a global awareness campaign to highlight the prevalence of oral disease and the importance of preventive care for maintaining good oral and overall health

March 6, 2017 News Dental HygieneNewsOral Health

World Oral Health Day is March 20

by Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

On March 20, oral health professionals around the world will celebrate World Oral Health Day (www.worldoralhealthday.com), a global awareness campaign to highlight the prevalence of oral disease and the importance of preventive care for maintaining good oral and overall health

March 2, 2017 News Dental CareNewsOral Health

Tailored Dental Care is Improving Seniors’ Oral Health

by University of Eastern Finland, Science Daily

A tailored preventive oral health intervention significantly improved the cleanliness of teeth and dentures among elderly home care clients. In addition, functional ability and cognitive function were strongly associated with better oral hygiene, according to a new study from the

February 21, 2017 News Dental HygieneNewsPublic Health

Dental Hygienists Show Support for Canada’s Heart Month

by The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

February is Heart Month in Canada and a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the risks of cardiovascular (heart) disease and stroke and the importance of making better lifestyle choices for optimal health. Dental hygienists are strong supporters of this

February 16, 2017 Feature Cloud computingComputer softwareDental Hygiene

Top 3 Reasons for Choosing Cloud-based Dental Software

by Feda Bashbishi

In the past few years, the cloud-based dental software was introduced to the dental industry. Many articles and blogs were written to explain this new technology and why dental professionals should consider it for their business. However, most of those

February 16, 2017 Feature Dental HygienePublic Relations - Patient Care

The Right Question

by Debra Engelhardt Nash

“How’s your dog?” “What’s new with the kids?” “Are there any changes in your health history?” These are typical and appropriate questions to ask patients during their recare visit. But there is one question that sometimes isn’t asked that should

February 16, 2017 Feature Dental HygieneDental Office

Wipe Away Your Worries: How to Choose the Right Wipe

by Barbara Albom, RDH

Regardless of where your office is located or what type of practice you work in, a common factor is Infection Control. Everyone needs a surface disinfectant to keep the workplace clean and safe. Not all surface disinfectants are created equally.

February 16, 2017 Feature Dental CareDental Hygiene

Setting the Record Straight About Toothpaste Abrasivity

by Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD

Dental professionals hear a lot of opinions about toothpaste abrasivity. There are misunderstandings about the meaning of relative dentin abrasion (RDA) values and what they convey about the safety of a toothpaste. It can be difficult to distinguish fact from

February 16, 2017 Feature Dental equipmentDental Hygiene

Steam Sterilization: It’s in the Bag!

by Leann Keefer, RDH, MSM

The question, “paper or plastic” takes on an entirely new meaning when related to instrument sterilization in the dental office. Classified as a medical device, there are stringent criteria for manufacturing of sterilization packaging. Quality sterilization pouches, usually constructed of

February 16, 2017 Feature Dental HygieneEditorial

Editorial: Doctor, Doctor… Teach Me, Teach Me

by Catherine Wilson

US-based The Pew Research Group has a special unit following oral healthcare. Recently, it released a blog on three issues facing Americans (yes, it translates to us) oral healthcare: affordability, affordability, affordability. Dental care is one of the most unmet

February 16, 2017 News Dental HygieneNewsPaediatric Dentistry

Storybooks Help Children with Autism Prep for the Dentist

by BDJ Team

The Oral Health Foundation is backing the use of children’s storybooks with dental narratives following a new study which has shown they can be a highly effective way of helping prepare children with autism for a visit to the dentist.1

January 19, 2017 News DiseaseNewsPeriodontics

Periodontal Disease Research Begins for Treatment Options

by Wilfred Laurier University

Studies have shown problems with oral health are strong co-indicators of other serious diseases including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. In 2009, the cost associated with the treatment of periodontal disease was shown be second only to cardiovascular disease in

January 16, 2017 News Dental HygieneNewsOral HealthPublic Health

Hygienists Urge Patients to Quit During National Non-Smoking Week

by The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Research shows that smoking can damage every part of the body, including the mouth, causing life-threatening cancers and chronic diseases.  During National Non-Smoking Week (January 15‒21), dental hygienists across Canada remind us all of the need to eliminate tobacco use

December 20, 2016 News Dental CareDental HygieneNewsOral Health

Dental Hygienists Advise You and Your Patients to Focus on Oral Health in 2017

by The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

The beginning of a new year is a perfect opportunity to make a fresh start and set new personal and professional goals.  While many people focus on self-improvement initiatives, dental hygienists remind Canadians not to overlook oral health when making