NHM Health Focus: Dental Hygiene
The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) sponsors National Dental Hygiene Month to increase public awareness of specific dental hygiene-related issues and to recognize the contributions dental hygienists make as they reach out to their communities. This year the focus of National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) is "proper early childhood oral health care."
"Dental decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting 50 percent of children by middle childhood and nearly 70 percent by late adolescence. Luckily, ECC [early childhood caries] are easily prevented by instilling a proper oral hygiene routine at an early age." ADHA
"Periodontal bacteria can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. Research is suggesting that this may:
We also know that:
Avoiding tobacco products, spending a few minutes after each meal on dental hygiene, and selecting healthy foods have been shown to improve both current and future quality of life. Check Behind Your Smile, for information on your mouth and teeth. For more detailed and technical information please see the Merck Manual.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to dental health: