College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario.

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Did you know that your mouth tells a story?

Oral Health


We all know that prevention is one of the keys to maintaining overall health. Did you know that certain medical conditions can have oral signs and symptoms that, if left untreated, may worsen already existing health conditions?

Visiting your oral health professional on a regular basis is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain or improve your oral health.

Dental hygienists have the skills, knowledge and judgment to provide sound clinical decisions related to the treatment of oral conditions associated with many diseases.


What should you do?

If you have, or are at risk for one or more of the following health conditions, it is particularly important to pay attention to your oral health.

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Pneumonia
  • Dry mouth
  • Oral cancer
  • Stroke
  • Gum disease
  • Reflux disease

Prevention is key.  What can be done?

It is important to keep the bacteria in your mouth under control. Therefore, a thorough cleaning of your mouth daily is important. This can be achieved by:

  • Brushing your teeth 2x/day
  • Brushing your tongue daily 
  • Flossing daily
  • Cleaning your dentures daily
  • Looking for mouth irregularities

While the above recommendations are a good start, a regulated oral health professional can advise you on an oral care routine that is best suited to your specific needs.