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Many people may know October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but dentists know these 31 days as National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). According to a press release, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, manufacturer of Orbit® no sugar gum, are joining forces to promote the theme “Keep them clean. Keep them healthy.”

“NDHM is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of a good oral health regimen to total health, and to honor the work that dental hygienists do all year,” said ADHA President Susan Savage in a statement. “With the help of the Wrigley Company, the message will reach new audiences and celebrate the vital role dental hygienists have in educating patients on the value of a healthy smile.”

In addition to the emphasis that is being made to get people to take better care of their gums and teeth, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation is partnering with the ADHD Institute for Oral Health and giving $60,000 in community service grants to dental specialists with the purpose of using the money toward oral health outreach. Those in the dental industry who are interested in receiving this gift, which will be offered in installments of $2,500 and $5,000, should apply by November 2.

More information about NDH can be obtained by visiting www.adha.org.

If you’ve got an upcoming appointment with a family dentist in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area you should ask about ways that you can keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy, as good oral hygiene is imperative in preventing oral problems later in life.

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