October is the seventh annual celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month.
October is the seventh annual celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month. The National Association of Dental Hygienists (NADH) promotes this month each year to recognize and celebrate the pivotal role that dental hygiene and dental hygienists play in oral healthcare. The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) is proud to join in the celebration.
“Dentists would not be able to do what we do without the hard work of dental hygienists,” said Dr. Michael Ungerleider, President of the CSDA. “Hygienists and dentists work in tandem to help patients maintain good oral health.”
During this month, the NADH encourages hygienists and dentists alike to discuss the steps necessary to maintain good oral health, the “Daily 4.” The “Daily 4” include brushing teeth, flossing – or other interdental cleaning, rinsing with antimicrobial mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free, rather than sugary, gum to complement the hygiene routine.
“Dental hygienists are often the first line of support,” said Dr. Ungerleider. “They frequently serve as the first person patients see when they visit a dental office.”
National Dental Hygiene Month is hosted by the American Dental Hygienist’s Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Health Program (WOHP).