ADHA Celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month this October



Chicago-August 25, 2011—For its 2011 celebration, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), in collaboration with the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, manufacturer of Orbit® sugarfree gum, has continued its National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) partnership with a renewed focus on developing healthy habits for a healthy smile. Along with this focus, the NDHM celebration will highlight community service activities and the day-to-day efforts of dental hygienists nationwide. "We are excited to renew our partnership with the Wrigley Company to provide a National Dental Hygiene Month celebration which salutes the amazing efforts of dental hygienists year round," said ADHA President Pam Quinones, RDH, BS. "This year’s celebration spreads the message of the importance of a good oral health care routine, as well as celebrates all of the hygienists who play a key role in educating their patients on the best ways to maintain a healthy smile." "The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company is pleased to partner once again with the ADHA on this important initiative, to spread the message of the importance of a good oral health care routine", says Pat Alexander, Sr. Marketing Manager, U.S. Wrigley Oral Healthcare. "Wrigley is committed to improving the general understanding of the role of sugarfree gum as part of a healthy oral care routine, particularly after meals and when you’re on the go".

News Highlights It’s Simple. Healthy habits for a healthy smile.
ADHA continues to emphasize the value of dental hygienists working to increase public awareness about the importance of preventive services in keeping good oral hygiene and the correlation between oral health and total health. This year’s NDHM theme, "It’s Simple. Healthy habits for a healthy smile," promotes the idea that good oral hygiene habits are simple to establish and maintain, even for the person living an active lifestyle. "Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew" reminds consumers that keeping a healthy mouth can have lasting effects, including helping prevent oral disease. Prevention is at the core of NDHM this October, as nearly 75 percent of all Americans have some form of periodontal disease, which is easily preventable with a good oral health care routine. Making time for good oral health is vastly important, and incorporating a daily oral hygiene routine into a busy schedule is vital in the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay at any age. Regular visits to your dental hygienist are critical in determining the best plan for you as an individual as well as catching any potential problems, such as gingivitis, at an early stage.

ADHA Celebrates NDHM this October continued It’s about you!
NDHM is an opportunity to share with the world the wonderful services which dental hygienists provide to their patients and the community at large, but it’s also a time to be recognized for that contribution. The month of October is the perfect time to celebrate with ADHA and praise our member and potential member dental hygienists for their daily contributions to their office, patients, and community. One of the ways in which ADHA is rewarding these contributions is through our Facebook page. With the help of Orbit®, ADHA is giving hygienists the opportunity to win great prizes throughout NDHM with our Parade of Prizes Trivia Game. Each weekday throughout the month a new trivia question and corresponding prize will be posted exclusively on ADHA’s Facebook Page. Hygienists will be given the chance to win prizes such as iPod’s, gift sets, digital cameras and more. Detailed instructions on how to submit an entry will be posted each day on the ADHA Facebook Page. This contest is open to all licensed dental hygienists or students currently enrolled in a dental hygiene program. ADHA’s Facebook page can be found at ADHA encourages all dental hygienists and other dental professionals and supporters nationwide to take part in NDHM this October. For further details about NDHM, go to ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 150,000 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 ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit ADHA at