October is Dental Hygiene Month

Everyone loves a clean mouth, right?

October is National Dental Hygiene Month! This is the time of the year where we celebrate the work dental hygienists do, and we help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health.

Support for Good Oral Health

Working with dental hygienists, schools, and many public and private organizations across the nation, the promotion sponsors presentations, speaking events, webinars, free clinics and courses, social media outreach, service grants, and many other educational activities to market good oral hygiene to families and communities.

The ADHA is the nation’s premier organization for dental hygienists and supports them through advocacy, training, research, reviewing and setting standards, grants, and scholarships. The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company has for 25 years sponsored the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programs, created to encourage research into the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum for oral health, particularly how stimulating saliva acts to neutralize the acids that attack teeth. They also promote oral health programs worldwide.

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Elements of Good Oral Health

The focus of National Dental Hygiene Month is on the key daily habits that promote healthy teeth and gums. These are:



The ADHA recommends using a soft toothbrush to brush twice a day, once in the morning after breakfast and then again in the evening just before going to bed, using a toothpaste containing fluoride.

Chew sugar-free gum.

Research supported by the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programs has shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating helps to clean debris from teeth, promotes saliva production which helps to control acid buildup, and adds necessary minerals to the enamel of the teeth.


This should be done once daily, optimally just before going to sleep, when trapped food particles can do the most damage.

Eating healthy.

A diet in accordance with the government’s food pyramid promotes oral health by cutting down on sugars and contributing to overall physical health and includes whole-grains and dairy products, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, with meat, fish, and sweets in moderation.

Use an antimicrobial mouthwash.

This should be done with daily brushing.

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