National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™) takes place this year on April 6‒12, 2019 as part of Oral Health Month in Canada. This week emphasizes “Oral Health for Total Health. Dental hygienists remind us that taking care of our mouth, teeth, and gums benefits our overall physical and mental well-being. Dental hygienists are oral health experts and primary health care providers. They work in traditional dental offices and independent dental hygiene practices, public health, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and the community.

As health care superheroes, dental hygienists examine your mouth, head, and neck at every appointment and offer preventive treatments such as scaling and root planing [debridement], dental sealants, and fluoride. They may also provide dietary recommendations, tobacco cessation counselling, and sports mouthguard fittings. There is a lot of expertise behind that mask! Revised from an excerpt of the CDHA’s Media Release – for full details, see https://files.cdha.ca/newsEvents/SpecialEvents/NDHW_2019/NDHW_media_release_2019.pdf 

During Oral Health Month, the CDHNS would like to take the opportunity to highlight that the mouth is part of the body and that poor oral health can affect many aspects of your quality of life —oral pain, missing teeth, or oral infections can influence the way you speak, eat, or socialize within your community. These oral health problems can also affect your physical, mental, and social well-being.

Let your dental hygienist work with you to improve your oral health and overall health. 

As part of the CDHNS’s commitment to reach all Nova Scotians to get out the messages that oral health is important to overall health and that dental hygienists are an integral partner in helping Nova Scotians achieve oral health, we have launched two initiatives during the month of April. Billboards will be showcased in two locations during National Oral Health Month — (1) in Halifax located at Barrington St 300 m north of Glebe (east side) and (2) in Sydney located at Welton St 20M west of Lorne St (southside). In Nova Scotia regions outside of the billboard locations, during National Dental Hygienists Week™ (April 6-12, 2019), local Tim Horton’s with TVs will show a short ad about dental hygienists serving in your community to help improve oral health/overall health. This ad runs twice per hour. With the combination of these two initiatives, we will be able to access many Nova Scotians throughout the province. We encourage you to take the opportunity to check out a billboard or Tim Horton’s, in your region, during these time periods.

 

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