There has to be more to dental hygiene than this: A systemic approach
Dental hygienists have the opportunity to integrate oral health into overall health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, prevention of oral disease becomes even more essential in maintaining systemic health.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be added pressure on dental hygienists as patients return to our practices. During the lockdown, patients did not have access to our services. Now that the doors have reopened, patient treatments have begun with a renewed focus on protection from the virus.
Even though practices will be extra busy, now is a great time to make some changes to our services. What if we stop simply reacting to the apparent problems and instead make the shift from purely corrective to a preventive dental service, and from oral health to holistic health?