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Behind Your Pearly Whites

By: Leslie Benson
Posted: February 4, 2009, from the February 2009 issue of GCI Magazine.

Web Exclusive to Teeth-Whitening Feature, Up from the Dentist’s Chair.

Basic oral health care is a growing concern to dental hygienist and president of the ADHA, Diann Bomkamp, as she explains in this Q&A with GCI.

While interviewing members of the oral care industry for GCI magazine’s February 2009 teeth whitening feature, it became apparent—after speaking with one dental hygienist—that basic oral health care should be more top of mind to beauty brand owners and consumers than secondary specialty procedures alone. Diann Bomkamp, president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), shared her thoughts on the matter.

GCI: Could you share some basic background information about the organization you represent, the ADHA?

Diann Bomkamp: The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is a professional organization that represents over 150,000 dental hygienists. ADHA is promoting the utilization of dental hygienists in offering preventive oral health services directly to the public, especially for patients who do not have easy access to care, like children, those with special health care needs.