Dental hygienists are primary health care providers who work in dental offices, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and the community.

They examine your mouth, head, and neck at every appointment and recommend preventive treatments. To ensure optimal oral health, scaling and root planing are common for adults, as are dental sealants and fluoride for children.

As your partner in disease prevention, your dental hygienist knows that good oral health is essential for total health and well-being. Chronic gum infection (periodontal disease) is associated with cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and strokes.  Gum disease is associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Together with your dental hygienist, you can develop a good daily oral hygiene plan based on these six simple steps:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Clean between your teeth daily.
  3. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash once a day.
  4. Eat healthy foods and avoid sugary treats.
  5. Eliminate tobacco use.
  6. Schedule regular visits with a dental hygienist.

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