• Dental hygienists help you prevent gum disease and tooth decay. They work with you to help keep your mouth healthy which contributes to your overall health.
  • The link between oral infections and overall health emphasizes the importance of good oral hygiene and the role dental hygienists play in preventing oral disease.

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Ontario Dental Hygienists' Associations

The Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association (ODHA) has always been passionate about informing the public about the importance of maintaining oral health, encouraging regular visits with a registered dental hygienist, and receiving preventive oral care to  maintain overall health. Check back often for current and relevant oral health information and tips for you and your family! 

Why you shouldn’t ignore bleeding gums.

75%...of adults*
may suffer from some sort of gum disease.

*over the age of 30

Bleeding gums indicate trouble and ignoring them could put you at risk for other illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, respiratory disorders, and premature or low birth-weight babies. Oral infection can also affect blood sugar levels, making it difficult to control diabetes.

Over time, a buildup of bacteria collects at the gum line as plaque, and if not removed on a daily basis eventually hardens on the teeth forming calculus or tartar. If left untreated, infective bacteria can enter the bloodstream from the gums and travel to other parts of the body potentially causing other types of health problems.

Fortunately, with regular and proper oral care, gum disease can be controlled or even reversed. Professional dental hygiene services can remove tartar and help control bacteria. Remember, your dental hygienist can help you take action before the condition become serious.

Oral Health Tips

One of the best gifts you can give your child is to help them develop good oral care habits. Healthy primary teeth are essential for healthy adult teeth and the prevention of oral health problems later in life. Keep your child's mouth healthy with top tips recommended by the Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association.

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Oral Health Tips

It only takes a few minutes each day to protect yourself from tooth decay and gum disease. Keep your mouth healthy with tips from the Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association.

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Healthy School Lunches

Whether you love planning school lunches or dread every minute of it, packing your children a healthy and nutritious lunch will not only give them a mid-day energy boost, it can also have a positive effect on their oral health.

Set your family on the right path to good oral and overall health with this printable card full of simple lunch and snack ideas!

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Local Independent Clinics Near You

Dental hygienists can help prevent oral disease and tooth decay and work with you to keep your mouth healthy. Many dental hygienists operate their own clinics across Ontario, so you can choose where you want to receive preventive oral care services. Check out one of the many independent dental hygiene clinics or mobile practices listed on the ODHA website.

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Fact Sheets

Brushing, Flossing, Rinsing 

It takes about five minutes, twice a day and the right tools to maintain or improve oral health. Brushing, flossing and rinsing, as recommended by a dental hygienist, should be part of a person's daily regimen to prevent oral infections such as tooth caries (decay) and periodontal (gum) disease. 

Nutrition and Oral Health 

A well-balanced nutritious diet is important for good oral health and general health. The food we eat supplies the nutrients that the body, bones, teeth and gums need to renew tissues and help fight infection and disease, including periodontal (gum) disease. Dental hygienists work with their clients to promote good overall health by keeping the mouth and body healthy with preventive oral care treatment and nutrition counselling.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer screening (OCS) may be the best way to detect oral cancer early, and dental hygienists have an important role. They screen for oral cancer as part of every dental hygiene appointment, regardless of age, and educate clients about risk factors and how to detect potential problems. Detecting the disease in the early stages is key to the survival rate.