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October is typically most recognized for Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating with bags full of candy. But did you know October is also National Dental Hygiene Month? An entire month dedicated to promoting healthy mouths, gums, and teeth. All of which allow us to enjoy a little well-deserved sweet treat at the end of the month! Here are a few ways to celebrate – and better understand dental hygienists’ role in supporting healthy and happy smiles.
Oral and overall health are linked
It is essential to keep up good dental hygiene regardless of age. Your oral health is connected to your overall health. Studies show that gum disease is linked to many health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, more than 120 diseases can be detected by the dentist during a routine dental exam — an important reason to visit the dentist for routine exams. Learn more about the link between oral and overall health.
Tips for keeping your smile healthy
In addition to regularly visiting your dentist for a cleaning and exam, here are a few tips to keep your smile healthy this October and beyond:
The vital role of dental hygienists in your dental hygiene routine
From performing regular cleanings to offering guidance on oral health care habits, dental hygienists play an essential role in helping patients maintain healthy smiles.
What does a dental hygienist do?
Dental hygienists serve many vital roles:
The next time you are at the dentist’s office for your regular cleaning, remember to thank your dental hygienist and ask them about their favorite oral health tip or routine.
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*All TruAssure dental plans are offered in association with the DenteMax Plus dental network arrangement, which includes participating dentists from the United Concordia, DenteMax and Connection dental networks.
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