Short films unveiled to honor 100th anniversary of dental hygiene

Crest Oral-B releases films at 2013 ADHA meeting.


CINCINNATI, Ohio--Crest Oral-B has continued the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the profession of dental hygiene by releasing two short films during the 2013 American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s 90th Annual Session in Boston.

Each film captures the commitment hygienists have to their patients’ lives and showcases their contributions beyond the dental chair.

Crest Oral-B continues to thank hygienists for their unwavering hard work and dedication to the field,” said Dr. Veronica Sanchez, global oral care scientific communications director, Procter and Gamble.

“With these short films, we hope to expose the endless ways hygienists can affect their patients’ lives and bring deeper insight into the true nature of the profession.”

The films highlight Mariann Danielson, RDH, from Austin, Texas, and Vinny Wong, RDH, from New York, N.Y., as examples of hygienists who have altered the lives of their patients through their dedication to the oral health cause.

Through support and repeated dental visits, Danielson helped a 15-year-old patient slowly overcome sensory integration disorder and conquer fear of the dental chair and instruments. Wong discovered that the patient had ankyloglossia—was tongue tied—during a routine oral cancer scan and suggested corrective surgery.

These stories are just two examples of the nature of the profession.

“I think the biggest stereotype for dental hygienists is that we’re ‘teeth pickers,’” explained Danielson in the short film.

“There’s a lot more to it than just buff and puff. We’re educated. We’re state licensed. We’re national licensed, and we’re the nurses of the dental profession,” added Wong in his short film.

"I’m going to clean your teeth, but I’m going to educate you along the way. And also, I’m going to give you all the knowledge, and all the power for you to take care of yourself at home.”

The two short films are part of Crest Oral-B’s ongoing show of gratitude towards hygienists for what they have brought to the oral care industry during the past 100 years.

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