Lesson One-Preventive Oral Hygiene Basics

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Preventive Oral Hygiene(POH)begins with nutrition and home maintenance of your oral cavity. A role of the dental assistant is to instruct patients on POH to reinforce proper home maintenance of their oral cavity. This will support the patient's dental health and investment.

In this lesson you will be introduced to fundamental dental terminology as it relates to patient POH instructions.


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View the 12 minute video:

Oral Hygiene: The Systemic Link to Overall Whole Body Health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0iEzUBL6OI

View the following links to define the following terms:

-plaque http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/plaque-and-tartar/article/plaque-what-is-it-and-how-do-we-get-rid-of-it

-tartar http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/plaque-and-tartar/article/what-is-tartar

-periodontal disease http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/gum-disease/article/sw-281474979297996


Post how you effectively maintain your own oral hygiene and respond to at least three other posts


Prepare a scenario from you childhood experiences on POH such as what you were taught, demonstrated, dental office experiences


A key role for the dental assistant is to maintain their own oral health through POH. In understanding the importance of oral health, the patient will look up to the dental team for guidance on POH. The dental assistant along with the team, will provide POH to their patients for maintaining their dental investment and health.

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