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The role of dental hygienists in oral health prevention.
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PMID:  15646586     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Most dental diseases are preventable. This indicates that the main concept of dentistry could be changed to a situation in which the dental hygienist becomes the principal oral care professional. The competencies of dental hygienists focus on disease prevention and oral health promotion; thus referral to a dentist would only become necessary in the event of a failure in the preventive program where disease cannot be controlled. Future oral health care personnel need to be better educated to encourage people to implement healthy lifestyles rather than to treat teeth. In addition, the connection between oral health, general health and health-related quality of life will necessitate a multidisciplinary approach to prevention and oral health promotion. To focus strictly on oral health would too narrowly define the role of the dental hygienist in comprehensive prevention and health promotion. There is no precise boundary between the oral cavity and the rest of the body. Dietary advice to prevent dental caries and smoking cessation counseling to prevent periodontal disease and oral cancer also promote general health. Consequently the focus on prevention and health promotion makes the dental hygienist a very important person in the dental team of the future.
Kerstin Ohrn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oral health & preventive dentistry     Volume:  2 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1602-1622     ISO Abbreviation:  Oral Health Prev Dent     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-13     Completed Date:  2005-02-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101167768     Medline TA:  Oral Health Prev Dent     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  277-81     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Dalarna University, Health and Social Sciences, Falun, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Caries / prevention & control
Dental Hygienists*
Food Habits
Health Promotion
Health Status
Life Style
Mouth Diseases / prevention & control*
Mouth Neoplasms / prevention & control
Oral Health
Patient Care Team
Patient Education as Topic
Periodontal Diseases / prevention & control
Quality of Life
Smoking Cessation
Tooth Diseases / prevention & control*

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