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

If it has been a while since you have come to see your hygienist, be sure to schedule an appointment today.

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