Wednesday, October 11, 2017

National Dental Hygiene Month

Did you know that National Dental Hygiene Month is recognized in October by dental providers all over the country?  National Dental Hygiene Month is sponsored by both the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program!

According to this year, the awareness is focusing on four routines that can help people maintain a healthy smile by flowing the #daily4: brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing.

  • Brush - Twice a day for two minutes with a soft bristled brush
  • Floss- Regularly
  • Rinse - With Mouthwash (avoid types that contain alcohol)
  • Chew - Sugarfree gum after meals for twenty plus minutes.
Along with the #Daily4, its very important to visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and exam.

Food for thought:

Before you say "oh, you're just a hygienist!" keep in mind they do much more then just clean your teeth.
  • Review your medical history just in case your forgot to write something down.
  • Talk to you when they are cleaning your teeth to keep you calm and make you feel comfortable.
  • Preform oral cancer screenings, periodontal charting, decay assessments oral hygiene assessments, sealant placements, fluoride treatments and deal with any other overall health concerns.
  • Sterilize the operatory and dental instruments.
  • Have obtained a bachelor's degree in allied dental health, have to complete continuing education requirements and maintain current licenses. 
A simple "Thank You" will go a long way!

No comments: