Dental hygienists take action

October 16th, 2014

The best background that a dental hygienist can have is a solid education that comes from hygiene school software. By starting from a good foundation, oral care professionals can grow to become professionals as well as fixtures of their community. Here are two examples of oral hygienists who helped to effect change where they were conducting their jobs.

The potential dangers of polyethylene
A dental hygienist in Phoenix Arizona, Trish Walraven, noticed that her patients had "little blue dots" that were trapped between people's teeth and gums, according to Fox 8 Cleveland. These are special micro-beads that a certain toothpaste manufacturer used in order to promote healthy teeth. However when the beads become trapped in the gum line, they can cause bacterial growth, which will lead to gingivitis, and then move from the gums to the bone that holds the teeth in place. When that happens, a periodontal infection occurs, which can be very serious.

She released a blog that got national attention, and now toothpaste manufacturers are beginning to take the polyethylene beads from the toothpaste.

Helping out kids in the community
Oral hygiene students in Grand Rapids, Michigan, have been giving back to the community through their school, Michigan Live reported. A good hygiene school provides quality dental software that helps students stay in touch with new developments, along with figuring out how to plan appointments and use professional software once they graduate. Some schools go above and beyond by giving students a certain number of hours when they go out and help out the community. One such school partners with the local community health center, as well as with local dentists, to provide free dental exams and cleanings to kids who might not otherwise make it to a dentist. They also provide education about brushing teeth and flossing.

"A healthy child is a student more likely to be successful," said Peggy Betzinger, who directs the program.

Helping out just by doing one's job
A new infographic by Dentistry IQ demonstrates that even if an oral healthcare professional doesn't go out into the community to make a difference, just being a dental hygienist is helpful by the very nature of the profession. Oral hygienists are supposed to treat and prevent diseases, clean teeth to ensure they don't get cavities, and educate their patients about proper dental care. For those who want to make a difference, oral hygiene is one job that is worth considering.

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