Each October, while children prepare to fill their bags full of sweet treats on Halloween night, dentists prepare for the damage those treats will inflict on teeth and gums. October is National Dental Hygiene Month when we focus on dental hygiene and celebrate dental hygienists – and what better time to do that than the month of tricks, treats, and candy?
During the month of October, dentists with the American Dental Hygienists Association encourage people of all ages to do what they can to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing, rinsing, and eating healthy foods.
When you think of dental hygienists, you probably think of teeth cleanings, but they have many other responsibilities, too. The American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) defines dental hygienists as oral health professionals responsible for preventing and treating oral diseases. This can include taking x-rays, taking your blood pressure, examining your mouth, and assessing your overall health. It is important to regularly see your dental hygienist and dentist because they use special techniques, instruments, and professional training to remove plaque buildup via tooth scaling and tooth polishing.
Why Dental Hygiene Month Is Important
- It encourages oral health.
- No one likes a dirty mouth, especially when it’s your own. Keeping your oral health on track is a great way to keep bacteria at bay. Without proper dental hygiene, you risk developing issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
- It celebrates the hard-working hygienists.
- With over 200,000 dental hygienists in the United States, this holiday is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the work that these fabulous people do to keep our mouths happy and healthy.
- It’s an excuse for a new toothbrush.
- Admit it. New toothbrushes are fun — for a while. Most dentists recommend soft bristles, but make sure you check in with us at Allen Dentistry to see what’s best for you.
If it has been a while since you have come to see your hygienist, be sure to schedule an appointment today.