Dental hygienists support water fluoridation for optimal cavity prevention

    BURLINGTON, ON, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - As more and more dental hygienists start
their own mobile businesses and clinics across Ontario, their primary concerns
are improving access to oral health and preventing tooth decay and gum
    The use of fluoride, a natural substance present in most food and water,
plays an important role in prevention, according to the Ontario Dental
Hygienists' Association (ODHA), which represents close to 6,000 members in the
    "Dental caries is ranked as the most prevalent global disease even though
we have witnessed a significant reduction over the past several decades," said
ODHA Executive Director Margaret Carter. "Tooth decay, left untreated, can
lead to tooth loss, gum disease and other diseases throughout the body."
    ODHA supports water fluoridation as the best way to provide fluoride
protection to a large number of people at low cost, eliminating the barriers
of individual income or access to routine dental care.
    "Where fluoride has been added to municipal water supplies, there has
been a marked decline in tooth decay rates. Fluoride is proven to be a safe,
effective and economical way of preventing and even reversing the stages of
tooth decay," said Carter, facts that are well documented in research studies
and reports from Health Canada, the Canadian Public Health Association, the
World Health Organization as well as several Canadian and American dental
    Fluoride works by strengthening or remineralizing tooth enamel to prevent
cavities from starting, to reduce the size and number of cavities, and to
decrease tooth sensitivity. People of all ages need fluoride. Children need
fluoride protection while their teeth are developing. Adults also require
fluoride since the possibility of decay in the roots of teeth increases with
    In addition to water and food, fluoride is found in consumer products
such as toothpaste and rinses, and professional applications of gels, foams
and varnishes.
    Dental hygienists work with individuals to keep their teeth and mouths
healthy. An assessment of fluoride sources and optimum levels in order to
avoid overexposure, and a thorough clinical examination is required before
embarking on a specific course of fluoride treatment, which, if recommended,
dental hygienists will provide or customize a homecare program. In addition to
clinical assessments, dental hygienists educate clients on fluoride and other
ways to maintain good oral health as well as provide sources for more

    Established in 1963, ODHA achieved independence for the profession in
September 2007, enabling dental hygienists to work outside the dental office.
Dental hygiene is among the largest of the regulated healthcare professions in
the province. In Ontario, all dental hygienists are registered with the
College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, which regulates the profession to
ensure the public receives safe and effective healthcare.

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For further information: The Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association,
1-800-315-6342 or e-mail

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