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Dental care professionals offer H1N1 flu prevention tips
Updated: 10/12/2009 3:00:25 PM

Dental care professionals offer H1N1 flu prevention tips Dental hygiene is more important than some people know, so one association has started spreading the word about the risks of not having good teeth cleaning habits.

The California Dental Hygienists' Association (CDHA) recently released a list of ways people can avoid spreading the H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu, that relate to maintaining their dental health.

"It's critical that the public sees the link between oral health and flu prevention because the H1N1 virus spreads through the respiratory system and mouth," said Daphne Von Essen, the CDHA's president. "The primary infection control goal is to prevent transmission of disease - that begins with the mouth."

The CDHA says that many people don't know how risky it can be to share toothbrushes.

The current economic climate in the U.S. has made it difficult for some families to pay for dental insurance, and it is possible the children of these families aren't receiving the dental care they need or enough education on how to take care of their teeth. Discount dental plans are an alternative to dental insurance that some of these families can use to save money at the dentist.

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