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Talking to patients about home oral healthcare can be tricky. It’s important to convey the proper technique for optimal preventative impact, but it’s the “why” and “how” of the message that often gets shortchanged.

Dental hygienist and Midwinter Meeting lecturer Trisha O’Hehir says that sound bites make it easier for both sides of the conversation. 

You know that the science behind bacteria, infection and inflammation, but for patients, tag lines like “bleeding is a sign of infection,” and “bleeding allows bacteria to travel to other parts of the body” convey the same message. Ms. O’Hehir recommends they be delivered frequently and emphatically so that patients understand the importance of oral health and oral healthcare.

Ms. O’Hehir also uses cartoons to illustrate the business of bacteria and biofilm. She shared with the Daily Review her book, the Toothpaste Secret, so that Midwinter Meeting attendees and their patients might see how these health lessons can be communicated quickly and easily. We hope you enjoy this sample.

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