Societal Trends and Behaviours

At the center of today's health promotion strategies is the improvement and maintenance of oral health. A number of current social and sexual behaviours are placing our dental hygiene client at risk.

Lecture Synopsis:

What is the Impact on Oral Health?

At the center of today's health promotion strategies is the improvement and maintenance of oral health. A number of current social and sexual behaviours are placing our dental hygiene client at risk. E-cigarette use and vaping among youth is now a significant public health concern. The obsession of escalating sugar in daily diets, the combination of alcohol and energy drinks and the growing incidence of HPV-associated oral and oropharyngeal cancers are just a few of the trends that are impacting the health of today's dental hygiene client. Oil pulling, charcoal whitening and other trends will be reviewed separating myth from evidence based science.

We need to be vigilant in our assessment of risk to better enable us to manage disease and more importantly, prevent disease. The incorporation of risk assessment and evidence based clinical guidelines into today’s dental practice is both exciting and rewarding replacing routine dental care with client centered risk management and disease prevention.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore trends in lifestyle that are having an adverse effect on health and well-being of today’s dental hygiene client
  • Ensure your dental hygiene practice is following the most current clinical guidelines for treatment and disease management
  • Incorporate effective chairside and self-care treatment protocols to pro-actively address the impact of current societal trends
  • Apply a developed risk assessment program complemented by evidence-based protocols immediately into your practice

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