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.