Oral Health Impacts General Well-being

June Jones, a registered dental hygienists who has worked in communities throughout Kentucky, currently helps patients in and around Atlanta, Georgia. In the lead up to her current position, June Jones supported practices in Glasgow, KY, and Edmonton, KY, in their efforts to improve and maintain each patient’s oral health.

Research suggests that oral health impacts patients’ general well-being. For example, poor oral health has been linked to illnesses as serious as cardiovascular disease. Studies show that the bacteria that give rise to gum and tooth infections may be linked to life-threatening events like strokes. Other health problems linked to oral health issues include premature birth, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Luckily, patients can keep their mouths healthy by following a simple oral hygiene regimen involving daily flossing and brushing. Brushing and flossing work by keeping the harmful bacteria that live in the mouth from growing out of control and causing tooth decay. In addition to practicing good oral hygiene, it’s important to see a dentist for regular checkups.


The Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Annual Meeting

With more than 15 years of experience as a dental hygienist, including several years at a dental practice in Glasgow, Kentucky (KY), June Jones possesses skills in root planing, soft-tissue management, and oral prophylaxis. A graduate of the associate’s degree program in dental hygiene at Bowling Green State Vocational Technical School in KY, June Jones maintains memberships in several professional organizations, including the Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association (GDHA).

Representing more than 6,000 hygienists in Georgia, the GDHA provides members with opportunities to network, attend events, and participate in the organization’s public outreach. It also advances dental hygiene through educational opportunities.

Each year, the GDHA hosts a meeting and symposium that allows members to share ideas. The 2015 event, which occurred on July 10 and 11 at the Homewood Suites and Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, included a business meeting, dinner, and keynote speakers. The topics covered included oral anatomy, pain management, and current trends in dental hygiene.

Those who attended the symposium earned five continuing education credits.

Considerations in Selecting a Toothbrush

An experienced dental hygienist, June Jones has worked with dentists in Georgia and Kentucky. June Jones served patients in Glasgow, KY, for 21 years. She has since left KY and moved her professional home base to Atlanta, Georgia.

When you choose a toothbrush, the first thing to consider is the size of your mouth. You should be able to manipulate the brush to reach all surfaces of your teeth. Large toothbrush heads may be difficult for some people to use on the backs and sides of the molars, including those teeth located farthest to the rear of your mouth.

The toothbrush you choose should have bristles that are comfortable and safe for your teeth. Brushes with medium and hard bristles may be damaging to gums, enamel, and even root surfaces, particularly if you have a forceful brushing style. Softer bristles help to protect your teeth, as does a rounded bristle surface.

Finally, check that the toothbrush you buy comes from a reputable manufacturer and has earned the approval of professionals. Your dentist can give you a recommendation. Alternatively, you may choose to seek out a brush that has received the American Dental Association Seal of Approval.

Understanding CPR

A graduate of Western Kentucky University, June Jones is a former resident of Glasgow, KY. With over 25 years of experience serving patients as a dental hygienist in KY and Georgia, June Jones has obtained many relevant accreditations, including a CPR certification, which can help her save a life in a medical emergency.

The term “CPR” is an acronym for “cardiopulmonary resuscitation,” which is used to resuscitate those who are unresponsive, breathing erratically, or show signs of cardiac arrest. Performing CPR allows oxygen to continue to flow to a body that is not functioning adequately on its own.

For individuals who are untrained, the American Heart Association recommends performing CPR using only the hands to resuscitate by performing chest compressions, as opposed to performing chest compressions and also giving breath. This method has been suggested to simplify the process, focus the rescue time, and to ease any concerns that may prevent the inexperienced from taking action.

Obtaining a CPR certification is an excellent way to gain both familiarity with the process and the ability to save a life. To find a CPR and first-aid course, visit the American Heart Association’s website at http://www.heart.org.

GDHA’s Flossline Keeps Members Abreast of Oral Health Changes

A registered dental hygienist, June Jones has more than two decades of experience working at dental offices in Georgia and Kentucky. She began her career in Glasgow, KY and later worked in Edmonton, KY before moving to Georgia. Dedicated to staying abreast of changes within the field, June Jones belongs to the Georgia Dental Hygienists Association (GDHA).

Representing more than 6,000 dental hygienists in Georgia, the GDHA promotes education and high standards of practice within the field. To this end, the Association provides its members with access to a number of educational events and various outreach and decision-making opportunities.

The GDHA also publishes Flossline, a publication that provides members with updates and news about the field of oral health. Through this publication, members can stay up-to-date on field-related changes around the nation and on the local level. Members can also choose to be involved with Flossline by joining the publications committee.

Flossline is published three times a year, and is thoroughly reviewed for clarity and space availability by the organization’s editorial review board to ensure readers get the most accurate and helpful information possible.

Hiking Safely

As a dental hygienist who has practiced in both Kentucky and Georgia, June Jones of KY has helped people enjoy improved oral health. Beyond her experience working in Glasgow, KY, and various other locations, June Jones enjoys hiking in her free time.

Hiking is a way to stay fit and spend some time outdoors. However, it is important to know your body’s limits and follow certain guidelines to stay safe while out in nature. For example, having to puff and huff to breathe while hiking is a sign that you are pushing yourself too far. Breathing too heavily is an indicator that the legs aren’t getting enough oxygen to work as well as they could be. Therefore, while hiking, maintain a pace and intensity that allows you to be able to hold a conversation at the same time.

Additionally, stop and rest at least once an hour. During the rest, you can sit down and give your legs a break. This is also a great opportunity to rehydrate yourself with water and refuel by having a snack. Keep in mind that while engaging in a strenuous activity such as hiking, your body needs more food and water than it would if you were engaging in a less taxing activity.