Have you ever been talking to someone and notice they have food stuck in between their teeth? Image what else is stuck between their teeth that you can’t see, Plaque! Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that builds up on the teeth and the gum line. Increased amounts of plaque can aid in the formation of cavities and increase the chance of getting gum disease. After plaque has accumulated it begins to turn into tarter (a hard version of plaque). Every year when you visit the dentist for a checkup, the questions always come up: How many times a day do you brush? How many times a day do you Floss? For most clients the answer is twice a day for brushing, but flossing goes unheard or gets forgotten. If flossing wasn’t important then your oral
Brushing your teeth, how do you feel when you brush your teeth? When you wake up in the morning what is your routine, get up use the restroom, brush your teeth, and then go on about getting ready for the day? How would you feel if you couldn’t brush your teeth whither it be because you don’t have access to a toothbrush or toothpaste, or what if you couldn’t even remember to brush your teeth in the morning or evenings? When you don’t brush your teeth you feel like your routine is incomplete or what about the smell or taste you may have in your mouth. Or what happens over time when you don’t brush your teeth or go get your teeth cleaned twice a year, a buildup of plaque occurs and possibly gum inflammation.
Becoming a dental hygienist has not only been just a dream of mine, but also my fathers. From a young age, my father started inspiring me to pursue a career in the field of dentistry. After countless hours of watching videos, speaking to advisors about the career path, and shadowing underneath Dr. Soltanian’s dental hygienist by the name Ms. Lopez that I solidified the idea of becoming a dental hygienist. I fell in love with becoming a dental hygienist after the first day of shadowing her. The idea of being involved in the field of dentistry has reinforced the idea of promoting proper oral hygiene not just within myself, but with others too. It intrigues me to learn about the various diseases and conditions that can manifest without proper care taken off a person’s teeth. I think people underestimate the power and overall importance of brushing, and flossing of the teeth on a regular basis. The short time I’ve spent under Ms. Lopez has help emphasize the importance of knowing the anatomy and physiology aspect of the teeth. The knowledge I obtained from shadowing, and numerous hours of online research has help convey to me knowledge on how to better prevent oral
In Eritrea typically oral hygiene is very poor, this is often due to the lack of Oral Health Education and inadequacy of professionals to educate the public. Throughout my work experience in Eritrea I saw many patients with poor oral hygiene resulting in periodontal disease and ultimately leading to loss of teeth. This placement inspired me and increased my determination to take this career path, as each time I witnessed patients with such problems I was left feeling very sympathetic and compassionate toward them. When I saw them being treated and relieved from their pain, I was left feeling pleased as I felt this was a great accomplishment this has led me to one day hope to open my own practice in Eritrea. This will allow me to make a change by educating the people on how to maintain good oral hygiene and provide suitable
Someday I might become a dental hygienist because they make a lot of money. Along with, educating patients about the importance of oral health. In a general dentist’s office the dental hygienist plays an important role, such as educating patients on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene and preventive oral care. These practices include, brush and floss their teeth correctly, select the correct type of toothbrush for their teeth. They also inform patients on how to maintain a good diet to improve their dental and gum health. Hygienists also clean, polish, inspect for cavities and loose fillings, look for cracks in teeth and remove plaque and calculus from teeth. There are so many responsibilities that the dental hygienist must take
People are struggling to maintain their oral health by not sufficiently and regularly brushing or flossing well enough. Now, if people do not care about or try to at least maintain their oral health then the dental industry could shut down. The reason being, that people do not care enough or do not have enough money to go to dental practices to get an oral checkup, results in having bad oral care. Not long after, people will have to deal with oral diseases and difficulties if they do not get accustomed to taking better care of the inside of their mouths and get the assistance that they need. Since people are not taking care of their oral health well enough, that will lead them to go to a dental
between a span of 2000 and 2010, the prevalence concerning chronic disease comorbidities have increased from 32.2-42.4% for Hispanics and African American population from 43.8-51.6% in people 65 and older. In order to get these numbers to start decreasing those that work in healthcare must first understand the social determinants of health such as conditions where people are born, grow up and live. One social determinant that affects a population access to health is socioeconomic status. Low socioeconomic status is seemingly the most common cause for health care disparities. Socioeconomic status is characterized by a person’s or group’s social standing, education, income and occupation. People that live in low income communities may not have access to nutritious food, adequate shelter or reliable transportation which can lead to decrease in health. One example of health disparities that plague low income families is lack of oral care reach can lead to a domino effect on medical health. There are over 45 million adults and children who live in an area where there is a shortage of dental care. Over half of the low income children have not been seen by a dentist or have received some form of preventative dental care because a lack in insurance. Also, there is a likely possibility that adults living in these types of areas are not receiving care as well. A correlation between lack of dental care or poor dental care can lead to diabetes, heart disease, premature birth, and or problems with births has been identified (Vanderbilt et al,
It 's estimated that 90% of Americans will experience gum disease during their lifetime, and 25% of Americans over 60 will lose teeth due to the disease.
Dental hygienists are assistants to the dentist because they get everything ready for the dentist and may even do some work before the dentist sees the patient depending on what the patient is there for. A dental hygienist helps assist their patients on how to practice good oral care and teaches them how to prevent dental diseases which are going to the dentist every six months, flossing twice a day, and brushing after every meal. Dental hygienists play an important role when it comes to informing patients about oral care and water fluoridation. Below is a brief description of the dental hygienists occupation and then the background information about water fluoridation.
Evidence based dental hygiene is the practice of giving your patients the best care possible with a combination of adequate techniques and patient values. When evaluating a patient, it is important to understand their values as well as what that they need clinically to improve their oral health. In today’s society, due to the internet and social media, people are presented with the latest fads in dental hygiene on a daily basis. When presented with a question in regard to this, we must research rather than just shut the idea down entirely. As a dental hygienist, it is our responsibility to research these fads and see if there is substance (scientific evidence, patient preferences, clinical/patient circumstances and clinicians experience and
I believe this career path is important to the health of populations because of how a person 's oral health and overall health are connected. Correspondingly, the article The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care written by Amanda Dunker, Esther Krofah, and Fredrick Isasi states how oral health is an integral part of physical health and wellbeing. The oral diseases that come from the mouth (periodontal, cavities, gingivitis. etc..) have become issues for millions of Americans and can lead to serious consequences, including major chronic diseases, pain, time off from work and school, negative social development in children, and loss of teeth (2014 p.1). As can be seen, the influence dental hygiene can have on
In this study data will be collected in 2 months and the number of participates will be 69 Dentistry students Final Year, to avoid any difficulties the sample size equation didn’t use and when sample is used the calculation became less, if the sample size equation used and the number of students answer the question became less, it will affect the
The response rate of the participants were 100%. Out of the total 106 respondents, 62 (58.5%) of them were females and 44 (41.5%) of them were males, aged between 5 to 11 years with a median age of 7.9 years. 35 (33%) out of the 106 participants reported of having their first visit to the dentist while the remaining 71 (67%) have visited a dentist in the past for dental treatment. Most of the common chief complaints reported by the parents of the child participants were experience of tooth pain, presence of caries and a feeling of discomfort around the tooth region. The results were gathered through the questionnaire and the results are as
It is important for all health professionals to assess oral inflammation as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and to activate the dental team as part of the patient care plan.  Because chronic systemic inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, and because periodontitis has been shown to contribute to the overall level of systemic inflammation, there have been increasing calls for early interventions that would eliminate oral inflammation and reduce the overall systemic inflammatory burden.  Thisinterprofessional approach will have the twofold benefit of establishing more comprehensive individual risk reduction strategies and improving overall public health outcomes.  A limited clinical inspection is performed to identify possible signs of oral or systemic disease, malformation, or injury, and the potential need for referral for diagnosis and treatment.
MATERIALS AND METHODOLOGY The study was done among 100 dental practitioners in chennai who were interested in taking part in the survey.