The Collaborative Practice Of Dental Hygiene

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THE COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE OF DENTAL HYGIENE Introduction Oral health is an important part of an overall health. Oral diseases ranging from cavities to cancer are all serious threats to an oral health. Research shows that there may be a link between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke as well as pre-term and low-birth-weight babies. If left untreated, it can cause more complications to the oral health. Periodontal disease, root caries and infections and other oral cancer can lead to severe pain, loss of teeth and serious health conditions. As a health care provider, it is significant to realizing the connection between oral diseases and systemic diseases so that we all can deliver our services to prevent and help treat disease while it is still manageable. Expanding the role of dental hygienists might reduce the most serious consequences of limited access to dentists, and dental hygienists are potentially well suited to play an important role in expanding affordable access (1). Collaborative practice of dental hygiene Problem statement The city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been on a constant track of growth and is expected to double its current population of 90,000 people within the next 5 to 10 years. The Las Cruces City Council recently approved the annexation of 4200 acres of land, in which up to 44,000 more homes are planned to be developed. In addition, a commercial public space flight venture within miles of
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