The Oral-Systemic movement has taken on a new responsibility within dentistry and the major brunt of that responsibility falls onto we dental hygienists. I take pride in knowing my patients do not view preventative care as “just a cleaning” and it brings even more joy seeing each of them reach health in ways they previously did not believe was possible. Hygienists are preventative specialists and we are magical at instilling value within our patients. Never underestimate your knowledge and your ability to create change. The less tapped into power of our profession is our ability to encourage habit change not only with educating and treating periodontal disease, caries disease and physiological conditions but most importantly the power we have in allowing our patients to participate in their own health and it is not by tackling the daunting brushing and flossing routine. There is science proving we can better create change when our patients understand they are a participant in getting them to healthy.
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