New course teaches dental hygienists the science of holistic dental hygiene

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The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month in the US by promoting its new course for dental hygienists. 

IAOMT is a global consortium of dentists, hygienists, physicians, other health professionals, and scientists.

IAOMT’s Biological Dental Hygiene Accreditation Program was recently launched to help dental professionals understand the science behind holistic approaches that reconnect oral health with the rest of the body.

“For many years, our dental hygienist members sought to construct a specialised training course to provide a detailed understanding about how biological dentistry treats the whole body as part of oral health care,” IAOMT executive director Kym Smith said. 

“It’s a testament to our hygienist members that they achieved their goal of putting together scientific research and hands-on resources to create this innovative new program.”

The Biological Dental Hygiene Accreditation Program covers essential components of holistic dental hygiene through an online course consisting of training articles and videos, as well as a workshop that can be attended virtually or in person. 

Coursework includes learning how to mitigate mercury exposure from amalgam fillings, understand patient biocompatibility with dental materials, recognise nutrition’s role in periodontal health, and identify signs of sleep-disordered breathing. 

Participants also receive a one-on-one mentor, access to peer-reviewed research articles about biological dentistry, and partnership in a professional network committed to continuing to investigate the oral-systemic connection.

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