It's National Dental Hygiene Week

Fort St. John city council proclaimed April 6 to 12 National Dental Hygiene Week to promote good oral health care practices and celebrate the dental hygiene profession.

"Dental hygienists focus on prevention," said Michelle Worton of Blooming Smiles. "Evidence-based research shows a direct link between oral health and systemic health."

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To kick off the week, Blooming Smiles saw 12 seniors at the Lutheran Apartments on Saturday, April 6, as part of Gift From the Heart, donating $1,350 worth of services.

"Knowing we are improving health, creating professional bonds, and delivering vital education is fundamental to the role dental hygienists play in our community," Worton said.

Blooming Smiles will be circulating oral health kits this week to students at Robert Ogilvie school, and collecting old toothbrushes from residents for recycling.

City hall will be lit up in purple to mark the occasion this week.

April is also Oral Health Month in Canada. There are more than 29,000 registered dental hygienists in Canada. 

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