National Dental Hygiene Month

October is observed as National Dental Hygiene Month. This means that it’s a month that encourages people to pay more attention to their oral health. Although good oral health can result in white teeth, healthy gums, and good breath, there are more benefits to be had than those by observing a daily dental care routine.

Regular oral care lowers the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, reduces the risk of lung diseases and diabetes, and decreases the risk of heart disease. Recent studies have also shown that good oral healthcare can reduce a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. All of these are good reasons for people to take care of their dental health, not just during the 31 days of October, but all year long.

The History of National Dental Hygiene Month

This month was created in 2009 thanks to a partnership between the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the William Wrigley Jr. Company. They created the month to raise the public’s awareness about oral hygiene and its importance in people’s lives.

Some Interesting Facts About Oral Health

To illustrate the importance of National Dental Hygiene Month, we decided to list some facts about oral health. Anyone looking over the following facts will quickly realize just how important oral health is and why this month should be observed.

  • Oral health is healthcare and is important to a person’s overall health.
  • Cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease can have a drastic effect on a person’s health and quality of life.
  • Low-income children are twice as likely to have cavities as children from higher-income families.
  • Diabetes and tobacco use are two risk factors for gum disease.
  • It’s been estimated that over half of the children have had a cavity by the time they’re 8 years old.
  • Unfortunately, 1 out of 4 adults does not brush their teeth the recommended twice per day.
  • The average American will spend a total of 39 days of their life brushing their teeth.
  • Flossing is an important part of oral hygiene. People who don’t floss can miss cleaning 40% of their mouth!
  • No two people on the planet have the same tongue print.
  • Over 90% of bad breath cases originate in a person’s mouth.
  • Commercial floss was first introduced in 1882 by Codman & Shurtleff Incorporated.

Observing National Dental Hygiene Month

This month can be observed with a trip to the dentist or by learning more about dental hygiene. We also recommend that people spread the news about this month online using the hashtag #DentalHygieneMonth. Let’s all come together and celebrate our smiles and our oral health.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 1 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 1 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 1 Sunday
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