Dental Hygiene is Good for Your Whole Body! – ChesPenn Health Services

Dental Hygiene is Good for Your Whole Body!

Tye Spady-Blair, Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner
Tye Spady-Blair, Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner
Keri Kilgore, Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner
Jaclyn Gleber, PHDH












Like all good dental practices, we encourage our patients to begin bringing their children in as soon as they have their first tooth, and to make sure the whole family has a cleaning and check-up every six months.  Often, we think about this in terms of preventing dental pain and preserving healthy tooth function.  But it’s important to remember that dental hygiene is about much more than appearance or even the ability to chew comfortably. Good hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular cleaning, keeps teeth and gums healthy.  A healthy mouth is essential to your overall health.  Infections in the mouth can travel through the bloodstream and cause illness elsewhere.  They make it more difficult to keep diabetes under control.  Poor dental health increass the risk for poor birth outcomes. Sealants for children provide additional protection by preventing cavities.

As a community health center, ChesPenn’s focus is always on prevention wherever possible.  Our Public Health Dental Hygienists are avid educators.  They work with medical staff to ensure children have their first visit as soon as their teeth come in.  They go out into the community to teach and screen for dental disease.

Dental Hygiene Fun Facts:

Fact #1: Fones School of Dental Hygiene opened in 1913 as the first dental hygiene school in the country.

Fact #2: The first bristle toothbrush was introduced in 1948; before that, animal hair was widely used.

Fact #3: Tooth enamel is the hardest thing in the human body.

Fact #4: Tooth decay is the second most common disease in the United States.

Fact #5: Regular dental cleanings can prevent heart attacks.

Six Steps for Proper Brushing and Flossing:

  1. Get the right angle – ensure you tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle
  2. Gently move your toothbrush back and forth but be sure you are not too rough.
  3. Cover all surfaces of your mouth including inside, outside, top, and bottom.
  4. Spend about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth.  Many electric toothbrushes will time this for you.
  5. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. A lot of bacteria lives on your tongue, so brushing that away will not only help get rid of the bacteria, but also give you fresher breath.  If that’s uncomfortable, you can try a tongue scraper.  They are less likely to trigger gag reflexes.
  6. Don’t forget to floss!

October is National Dental Hygiene month.  If you haven’t seen your hygienist, make an appointment.  And thank your hygienist for protecting your whole health.

For a fun introduction to brushing for your kids, watch “Teach Me How to Brushy,” put out by The Oregon Dental Hygiene Association.  It’s an oldie but goodie.



Center for Family Health at Eastside
125 E. 9th Street
Chester PA, 19013
Medical Phone: 610-872-6131
Dental Phone: 610-874-6231

Center for Family Health at Coatesville
744 East Lincoln Highway
Suite 110
Coatesville, PA 19320
Phone: 610-380-4660

Center for Family Health at Upper Darby
5 South State Road
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: 610-352-6585


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Suite 200
Eddystone, PA 19022

Phone: 610-485-3800
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