October is National Dental Hygiene Month
According to the CDC, “Oral health refers to the health of the teeth, gums, and the entire oral-facial system that allows us to smile, speak, and chew.” CDC Oral Health
There are many aspects to promoting proper oral hygiene:
Avoid these bad habits:
Some reasons you should call your dentist between visits include:
Studies are ongoing into the link between poor oral health and certain conditions including:
Common consequences of poor oral care include cavities (caries), periodontal disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) and oral cancer. For more information, PCHC.org has Health Promotion Activities Plans (HPAPS) on this oral health and many other topics:
Gingival Hyperplasia Gingivitis Periodontitis PCHC HPAPs
On PCHC’s Training page (https://www.pchc.org/training.html) you can take an online training or fill out the training request form for an oral health training from our outreach department.
Information on free Dental Care Brochures is available from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at Dental Health.
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