Patient FAQ
for your consideration in 2017
~ from Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH, MS
 

Have teeth in 2017? 
Thank your dental hygienist!

Dental hygienists are a community of professionals devoted to the prevention of disease and the promotion and improvement of the public's health. *  Dental hygienists are also preventive oral health professionals who provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services to the public.  See related Consumer Education Guest Editorial from Margaret.


Want to get really ready for your next appointment with your dental hygienist? Then see these timely articles from the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA):


  1. What to Expect from a Dental Hygiene Appointment

  2. Protecting Against Disease Transmission

  3. Important Facts About Dental Hygienists

  4. Choosing a Dental Office


Importantly, one's oral health truly impacts one's systemic health. To learn more about how oral health impacts systemic health, see the Journal of the American Dental Association for Patients.


Dedicated entirely to oral health, the latest issue of Health Affairs (December 2016, 35:12) tackles the divide between dental and medical care, addresses financial barriers to oral health care, and much more.




Want Some Lifesaving Advice? 
Ask Your Dental Hygienist.




LATEST ON PERIO/SYSTEMIC LINKS

Want to know the science behind the oral/systemic links? The latest and easily-available edition of Periodontal Disease and Overall Health: A Clinician’s Guide (ed 2) provides the latest information and clinical studies pertaining to the oral systemic relationship and is specifically directed at understanding how periodontal (gum) disease might affect distant sites and organs, therefore having an effect on overall systemic health. Thus there are many studies now showing the relationship between oral diseases and systemic diseases and the emphasis co-management of patients for the best oral and systemic health. See all the latest articles concerning this timely topic~




  1. *See also Margaret's recent contribution to a textbook concerning clinical assessment to understand why your dental hygienist is concerned about your overall health and how it can impact your oral health (Chapter 15, Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice,  ed 4, scroll to pages 215-243, Darby and Walsh, 2014; note that ed 5, 2020 is in press)


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Margaret discussing the community of dental hygiene professionals

 

Margaret as a tooth fairy helper on Kids' Free Dental Day

Information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient or site visitor and his or her existing physician or dentist.  I will not give out any medical or dental advice online since I have been advised the following:  "If you establish a patient-provider relationship with an online participant, you owe that person a duty of care. If such a relationship exists and the participant is harmed because of the advice you provided, he or she could sue you claiming that you did not meet the standard of care. And because you acted outside the scope of your employment-you provided health-related advice while off-duty-your malpractice insurance might not cover you. Depending on state law, you also may put your license at risk if you provide health-related advice to a participant who lives in a state where you do not hold a license, or if your advice does not fall within the scope of your practice."

Margaret wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year on the road!