ADHA revamps month

Sept. 13, 2010
ADHA has a renewed focus on developing healthy habits on the go, community service, and recognizing the day-to-day efforts of dental hygienists nationwide for its 2010 celebration.

CHICAGO, Illinois--For its 2010 celebration, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association has restructured its National Dental Hygiene Month format with a renewed focus on developing healthy habits on the go, community service and recognizing the day-to-day efforts of dental hygienists nationwide.

ADHA is working in collaboration with Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, manufacturer of Orbit sugarfree gum, for NDHM celebration.

“National Dental Hygiene Month is a prime time to not only honor and celebrate dental hygiene and hygienists, but also to make the public more aware of the practices that ensure optimal oral health,” ADHA President Caryn Solie, RDH, said.

“Teaming up with the Wrigley Company will help promote this message and give dental hygienists opportunities to reach out to their communities and make a difference.”

New National Dental Hygiene Month theme
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, “Healthy Habits are Easier than You Think,” 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 center of NDHM in October 2010. About 75% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease. Employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due to oral health problems or dental visits. Making time for good oral health is 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.

Community service
The ADHA Institute for Oral Health has partnered with the Wrigley Company Foundation to offer members of the ADHA the opportunity to apply for community service grants to coincide with NDHM. IOH was created to provide funding for scholarships, fellowships, and research and community service grants to dental hygienists throughout the U.S.

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation Community Service Grant will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 per grantee to help ADHA’s state constituents and local components, as well as individuals, fund specific community health projects designed to improve their community’s oral health. Twelve grants, one for each of ADHA’s 12 districts, will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate that the project coincides with the IOH’s mission and vision.

“The Wrigley Company Foundation is delighted to partner with the IOH on this Community Service Grant program to provide greatly needed oral health services and education in local communities across the country” said Mary Houpt, executive director of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation.

In addition to the grants, the “RDHs in Action: Coming Together for Community Oral Health” YouTube contest will allow dental hygienists to submit a video showcasing their community service efforts. Winners could receive one of many prizes, sponsored by ADHA and Wrigley’s Orbit.

ADHA encourages dental hygienists and other dental professionals and supporters nationwide to take part in NDHM. For further details about NDHM, go to

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