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American Dental Hygienists’ Association and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Partner for Fifth Consecutive Year to Promote Good Oral Health During National Dental Hygiene Month 2014


October 1, 2014
by American Dental Hygienists' Association

Collaborating for the fifth consecutive year during October for National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, the makers of Orbit® sugar-free gum, are again showcasing their commitment to educate the public on the importance of developing a daily oral health regimen of “Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew,” and how such a program can help not only improve individuals’ oral health, but their overall health as well.

“Dental hygienists work daily with people of all ages, educating the public on the importance of developing strong oral health habits such as twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, the daily use of an anti-microbial mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free gum after meals,” said ADHA President Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH. “A healthy mouth is an important part of disease prevention, both for oral health and overall health, and the ADHA is proud to partner with Wrigley to help educate and share this important knowledge with people nationwide. The ADHA thanks Wrigley for their continued commitment to optimum oral health, and reminds hygienists and patients to be mindful of ‘Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew.’ when it comes to oral hygiene.”

“Chewing sugar-free gum like Orbit after eating or drinking helps you get a just brushed clean feeling, which gives you the confidence to do your best when it matters most,” said John Starkey, vice president of gum and mints, Wrigley North America. “Wrigley is proud to work with ADHA as a partner to promote a good oral health routine, including chewing sugar-free gum when on-the-go.”

This year’s Dental Hygiene Month will feature a national radio media tour on Oct. 2, 2014, centering on the importance of proper dental hygiene and the benefits that developing a strong oral health regimen can have in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. ADHA President Kelli Swanson Jaecks will be on air that morning with more than 20 radio stations in major markets that include New York, Chicago, Seattle,

Charlotte and Philadelphia, offering tips and information that individuals can use in their daily lives and discuss with their dental hygienist during their next check up or appointment.

In addition, the Wrigley Company Foundation, in partnership with the ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH), will offer community service grants of $2,500 or $5,000 to dental hygienists who are pursuing projects intended to improve their community’s oral health.

The ADHA is also encouraging dental hygienists, as well as the public, to share their oral health care experiences, outreach efforts and thoughts via social media. Share your photos and stories with the ADHA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/youradha), Instagram (http://instagram.com/youradha) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ADHADOTORG). Dental hygienists can find valuable resources to share with patients on the NDHM webpage, http://www.adha.org/national-dental-hygiene-month, including fact sheets in both English and Spanish, as well as research and data on the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum after meals to help prevent cavities and other oral health problems.

About the American Dental Hygienists’ Association
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 185,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about the ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit the ADHA at www.adha.org.

About the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
For more than 25 years, Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programs have supported independent, clinical research into the benefits of chewing gum including saliva stimulation, plaque acid neutralization, and tooth strengthening to help oral care professionals and their patients understand the role of sugar-free gum as a convenient tool for everyday oral care. Today, Wrigley operates oral healthcare programs in 47 countries worldwide. Visit www.wrigleydentalcare.com for more information.

About the Wrigley Company Foundation
The Wrigley Company has a rich history of giving back to the communities where we live and work. Established in 1987 to formalize the giving of grants and donations, the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation has distributed more than $50 million to non-profit organizations around the world. The mission of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation is to improve the health of people and our planet through sustainable initiatives focused in oral health and environmental stewardship as well as local needs that ensure a healthy community. Wrigley provides support not only with financial resources, but with the care and compassion of their nearly 17,000 associates who have a passion for service and are provided opportunities throughout the year to exhibit their generous spirit.