National Dental Hygiene Month
October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Are you as inspired as we are? One month each year the American Dental Health Association teams up with the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program. Together, they work tirelessly to raise public awareness about good oral health, and just how vital it is to maintain. Educating patients as well as non-patients makes a tremendous difference. Learning how to incorporate good oral health care habits into a person’s daily routine yields dividends far beyond oral health.
Poor oral hygiene leads to poor general health
You see, once oral health issues arise, they generally continue to decline without swift professional attention. What’s more, the presence of those issues is often an indicator, and sometimes the cause, of disease active in another area of the body. That means the lack of good oral hygiene habits, directly or indirectly, leads to serious health issues, with the capacity to prematurely end a person’s life.
Good oral hygiene contributes to good overall health
Talk about a wake-up call But there is good news. Just as poor or lacking oral hygiene can lead to the shortening of a person’s lifespan, good oral hygiene can have the opposite effect! Adopting regular, positive dental care habits as a lifestyle contributes to a more vibrant overall health.
The DAILY 4
Many Americans still struggle to find access to professional dental care. That translates to a dangerous lack of preventative dental care, and many people who only visit a dental office in the case of an emergency. Through working to reinforce the basic foundations of proper dental care, more Americans are equipped to build a strong foundation with the tools that are within reach. This year’s campaign is designed to reinforce the key facets of daily oral care. Called the “DAILY 4”; it features the four key steps to maintaining good oral health each day.
Are you doing the DAILY 4?
- BRUSH 2X
- FLOSS EACH DAY
- RINSE WITH ANTI-MICROBIAL MOUTHWASH
- CHEW SUGAR-FREE GUM
Awareness leads to improved habits
As awareness spreads, perspectives shift, and individuals become more empowered. In many cases, emphasizing the importance of the “Daily 4” causes individuals to be more likely to engage in preventative care. That is a very good thing.
we care about your family’s health – including the health of your teeth. Always remember to brush 2x each day, floss, use a mouthwash, and chew sugar-free gum. And don’t forget your checkup!