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.

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.