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Dental Hygiene

Transcript: Dental Hygiene Things with High Acidity Rinsing How many times should you see your dentist each year? Children 6-12 years of age can use a rinse with adult supervision. Always read and follow the directions for the mouthrinse that you use. • After rinsing, spit the rinse in the sink (don’t swallow it). • Rinse should be used in conjunction with brushing and flossing. How to floss: How long should you brush your teeth? Brushing Rinsing Little Nasties are also known as bacteria. Once enough bacteria builds up, it's going to form into plaque and then tartar Plaque: sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth, makes teeth "feel fuzzy" to the tongue The plaque then eats at your protective layer of your teeth, called enamel, and forms tiny holes on top This is called a cavity and if it is not taken care of your teeth can rot and fall out. This isn't meant to scare you, but show the importance of Dental Hygiene! A fluoride rinse can help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Little Nasties: An antimicrobial rinse can kill germs that cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath. Rinsing for 30 seconds, twice a day, can kill more plaque than brushing alone. Flossing How do we Protect our teeth? How to brush your teeth! Brush the outer tooth surface of 2-3 teeth at a time along your gum line using circle motions and repeat this until you get each tooth! Make sure you get the insides of your teeth and the back (where the nasties like to hide. Don't forget the places on your teeth where you chew! When brushing this spot use a scrubbing motion. Last but not least, brush the top of your tongue to remove bacteria that can cause bad breath. A special message from Captain Supertooth

Dental Hygiene

Transcript: Dental Hygiene The American Dental Hygiene Association has a website to go where a person can either find schools with dental hygiene programs, join as a member after being registered, whatever they may need as a dental hygienist is at their disposal on: Brandy Showalter Grades 9-12 Dental hygienist are typically located in dentists offices. The average salary of a dental hygienist in America is a little less that $66,000 a year. Hours tend to be flexible and the ability to either have an at home family life or a second job is very possible with this career. The dental hygienist is in charge of taking patients and cleaning their teeth of tartar, brushing and flossing their teeth, examining for any cavities or other oral health problems (which are later diagnosed by the dentists) Enforce dental hygiene techniques and efforts to maintain good oral care. Admissions All you need to know Graduation and After Reaching graduation is not the last step for the dental hygiene student. Because dental hygiene is a health career there are three board tests that are required to approve the student for the national, state, and licensed boards. Each test cost money to take, some require a patient to be approved in order to observe the student's ability to perform their duties as a dental hygienist. All must be passed in order for the student to become a registered dental hygienist and legally work in a dentist office as a dental hygienist. The Journey to Making Smiles Dental hygienist can easily be referred to as "smile makers" Connecting on a personal level to patients and improving their health for many years to come tends to be extremely rewarding. The flexible hours are very important for those people with family or hopes to start a family and be able to also provide for them at the same time. There is a high demand for health professionals and dental hygienist are going to be required and wanted to be employed for many years to come. In the Program Being accepted into the dental hygiene program is the first major step but it is definitely not the easiest. Every fall a class of usually 40 students are selected into a dental hygiene program each year. Hundreds could apply but there are a specific set of qualifications needed in order to be accepted into the program and the best of the best are chosen. Typically the admission requirements focus on a certain GPA and requiring a set of college class courses and a minimum grade in each. A student can meet the requirements but can not be accepted due to the fact that so many apply and only a small number is accepted, the best of the best is selected. Acceptance is the first step in a long journey to graduation. The dental hygiene program is a two year program. Classes tend to be strenuous and a demanding work load to many students. Students learn medical terminology, radiography, oral cancer screenings, injection of anesthesia and of course the overall ability to clean teeth and provide information of dental hygiene. Clinicals are required during spring semesters of the program where the students are required to meet the required number and qualifications and approved patients in order to pass the program. The Benefits In The Field

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