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October is National Dental Hygiene Month - Resources for your hygienists

The ADHA is again partnering with the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program, providing resources for dental hygienists to talk with their patients about the importance of maintaining a daily oral health care regimen.
Throughout the month of October, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Health Care Program (WOHP) are proudly partnering for the sixth straight year to provide dental hygienists and the public they serve with a wide range of resources and information as part of National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). This year’s campaign is focused on dental hygienists starting a conversation with their patients about “Doing the Daily 4” — brushing teeth twice daily, flossing each day, rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthrinse and chewing sugar-free gum after eating or drinking when brushing isn’t possible.

“Each and every day, dental hygienists educate patients of all ages and walks of life on the value and importance of good oral health habits. The Daily 4 regimen is a great habit to implement, and talking to patients about brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production in between brushings is a great way to open a conversation before discussing patient-specific oral care needs,” said ADHA President Jill Rethman, RDH, BA. “The Daily 4 is simple and effective and can help patients have a bright smile, fresh breath and healthy gums. The ADHA is grateful to the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program for their commitment to help dental hygienists have this conversation with patients — a conversation that can have a huge impact on their oral and overall health. ”

This year’s National Dental Hygiene Month will feature a number of dental hygienist-focused initiatives, including resources and materials geared to help hygienists and patients start discussions about good oral health; samples and educational materials that can be utilized for community service projects or patient education initiatives; a free continuing education course for dental hygienists that looks at the important role saliva can play in preventing oral health issues; unique dental hygienist-related contests through social media; and much more. Plus ADHA members will receive a special thank you message from the organization and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program to help celebrate them and the vital role they play in bettering the health of their patients.

 “Wrigley is proud to partner with ADHA in celebration of dental hygienists, and we’re excited to help provide resources to support their conversations with patients about the Daily 4, which includes chewing sugarfree gum like Orbit,” said Caroline Sherman, senior manager of external affairs at Wrigley. “This year, we refreshed the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program to provide dental professionals with even more resources to help keep those conversations going and brighten the patient experience.”

In addition, for the sixth year 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. Since 2010 more than 63,400 patients have already benefitted from this program in the United States. More information about the grants and the IOH can be found by visiting http://www.adha.org/institute-for-oral-health.

The ADHA encourages dental hygienists and the public to share their oral health care experiences, outreach efforts and thoughts via social media. Get social with the ADHA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/youradha), Instagram (http://instagram.com/youradha) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ADHADOTORG), and include the hashtag #NDHM2015 with your submissions. Dental hygienists also can find valuable resources on the NDHM webpage, http://www.adha.org/national-dentalhygiene-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 Wrigley Oral Health Care Program For more than 25 years Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programs (WOHP) 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 sugarfree gum as a convenient tool for everyday oral care. Today Wrigley operates oral healthcare programs in 47 countries worldwide. The WOHP is one example of how we make a difference to people and the planet through performance and how we incorporate our principles based approach to business into all that we do. For more information please visit http://www.wrigley.com/global/principles-in-action.aspx#.

About the ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health Founded in 1957, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health is the philanthropic foundation to advance professional excellence in dental hygiene education and research. Working for the dental hygiene community, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides opportunities for academic achievement through Scholarships and Fellowships, resources to advance the professional field through Research Grants, and support for dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants. For more information, visit http://www.adha.org/institute-for-oral-health.

About the Wrigley Company Foundation The mission of the Wrigley Company Foundation is to help improve the health of people and our planet through sustainable initiatives, including those focused on oral care access and education, as well as local needs that ensure a healthy community. Since its founding in 1987, the Wrigley Company Foundation has donated more than $66 million to charitable organizations improving lives around the world. For more information, visit www.wrigley.com and www.mars.com.
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