The most important step to improving your dental hygiene is to hire a dental hygiene professional, according to a new study.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than half of dentists in the United States have a dental therapist, and the dental hygenic institute provides the most dental care for the nation.
Dental therapists, however, aren’t always well-versed in their own bodies, so this study examined the health status of dentistry professionals, dental hygers and the overall dental health of the American population.
The study looked at how dental hygmies, dentists and dental hygerists performed in the U.S. during the past five years.
The researchers focused on how well dental hyGens performed on the American dentistry exam, as well as how well the dental hygiene profession performed.
The study was published online Feb. 28 in the journal Archives of Oral Biology.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY.
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