Known as the window into the body, the mouth can tell a lot about our overall health. In its 11th year, National Dental Hygiene Month is dedicated to raising awareness of how to keep your mouth, body and teeth healthy.

 This year, through their Faces of Courage project, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association will “celebrate [hygienists’] courage in the face of adversity, and promote good oral health for National Dental Hygiene Month 2020.”

Learn how to celebrate courage and submit photos here.
See how a few hygiene students are sharing their excitement and connect with the ADHA on Instagram, Facebook and other social channels.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College Dental Hygiene Class of 2021 on the AHDA Instagram channel.

Why is this month a perfect time to review your oral hygiene?

Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria inside the mouth can lead to oral infections, tooth decay and gum disease. Because the mouth is the entry point to the digestive and respiratory tracts, neglecting oral care can go so far as to lead to cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth complications, and pneumonia. Conversely, pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease can lead to an increase in mouth bacteria. Research has proven that investing in the care of oral health is an investment in overall body health.

How can you celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month?

  • Brush for two minutes twice daily.
  • Floss between teeth once a day.
  • Treat yourself to an electric toothbrush to better clean teeth and gums.
  • Schedule an appointment at the dentist.
  • And, most importantly, thank your hardworking hygienists.

For extra health points, continue these practices long after October 31st! Both your body and hygienist will thank you.