Georgia Highlands College’s Dean of Health Sciences, Michelle Boyce, was featured in two editions of Access, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association magazine.
In the July 2017 issue, Boyce explained dental hygienists’ role in an article titled “Inter-professional Collaboration: Dental Hygienists Taking an Active Role.” She explains how inter-professional collaboration is an increasingly important component of evidence-based, patient-centered health care, and that dental hygienists are primary advocates for patients’ optimal overall health. She cites how the oral system is connected to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, pregnancy and more.
“As the primary oral health prevention specialists, dental hygienists are equipped to move forward into an active role in IPC,” she said in the article. “Dental hygienists understand the importance of the oral-systematic health link at a time when many other health care providers have yet to be educated on the importance of maintaining good oral health.”