American Dental Hygienists’ Association Celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Health Care Program (WOHP) are proudly partnering for the seventh straight year to celebrate the work dental hygienists do and provide them with a wide range of oral health resources to share with their patients throughout October for National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM2016). NDHM2016 is focused on dental hygienists starting a conversation with their patients about doing the “Daily 4.” This everyday oral health regimen includes brushing teeth twice daily, flossing* daily, rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthrinse and chewing sugarfree gum after eating or drinking when brushing isn’t possible in order to stimulate saliva, which helps to neutralize plaque acids and maintain tooth remineralization.

“As dental hygiene professionals, it is our responsibility to make connections with our patients,” ADHA President Betty Kabel, RDH, BS said. “Starting the conversation with them about their oral health and their prevention options builds that connection. Incorporating the Daily 4 regimen into that conversation will help develop a patient-centered, individualized routine. ADHA is thankful to the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program for their commitment to support dental hygienists as they improve their patient’s oral and overall health.”

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