National Dental Hygiene Month 2013

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company proudly announce their fourth annual collaboration for October’s National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). National Dental Hygiene Month, with the theme “Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew.”, showcases the commitment of ADHA and Wrigley, the makers of Orbit® sugar-free gum, to improving the nation’s oral health.

This year’s National Dental Hygiene Month will feature a national radio media tour highlighting the importance of proper dental hygiene with ADHA President Denise Bowers, RDH, PhD. In addition, the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation, in partnership with the ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH), is offering community service grants of $2,500 and $5,000 to applicants pursuing projects intended to improve their community’s oral health. The application deadline is November 1, 2013. More information can be found on the ADHA IOH website.

The 2013 NDHM is the capstone of ADHA’s yearlong centennial celebration of the founding of dental hygiene in 1913. For state and local dental hygienists’ associations, public relations materials are on the Resources page. These can be used to promote any state or local dental hygienists’ association NDHM event.

Patients can review the following “Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew.” guidelines and apply them to their daily oral health regimen. Those needing more information about oral health can go to the Patient Resources category in the Resources section.


2 minutes, 2 times a day

Research shows that brushing for two minutes is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases. Brushing for two minutes twice a day is crucial to maintaining healthy smiles. Proper brushing technique cleans teeth and gums effectively, so read on for advice on how to brush properly:


Every day

Daily flossing (or other methods of interdental cleaning) removes plaque and food particles that cannot be reached by a toothbrush, particularly under the gumline and between teeth. Plaque that builds up in these areas can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Getting into the routine of daily flossing can be a challenge. Making flossing easier can improve compliance with recommendations for daily flossing. If you resist flossing, try to determine why and tell your dental hygienist. Knowing the precise reason you are not flossing will enable them to recommend floss with the right thickness, coating or filaments so you might be encouraged to floss more often.
More educational information and resources:


With mouthwash

Rinsing your mouth each day with an anti-microbial mouth rinse is another important step you can take to prevent gum disease (gingivitis). Think about it—teeth make up less than half of your mouth. Brushing and flossing cannot get all plaque and germs. Be sure to finish your oral care routine with an antiseptic mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Speak with your dental hygienist for more information on which mouth rinse is right for you and read on for more educational information and resources:


Sugar-free gum after eating

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Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is clinically proven to be an important part of good oral health. It stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay—saliva—which in turn helps fight cavities, neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth and washes away food particles. Scientific evidence clearly shows that chewing sugar-free gum, especially after eating and drinking, has a positive impact on oral health.

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Other Resources from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company:

To take the online continuing education course for the supplement click here.


National Dental Hygiene Month will feature new, interactive contests!

Win $200 in Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew Poster Contest
Dental hygienists, take pictures of yourselves with the Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew National Dental Hygiene Month poster, courtesy of our partners at Orbit sugar-free gum, displayed in the most unique non-operatory setting. Then post to Instagram.

Win $200 with Best Video:
Demonstrate how you explain benefits of Brush, Floss, rinse, Chew to patients. Record a video of your idea (creativity counts!), post the video to Instagram, then share the video to Facebook. Viewers can vote for the videos they feel have the best, most practical advice.

Can You Beat the Bubble? Contest
Re-create the ADHA/Orbit National Dental Hygiene Month Poster by trying to blow a bubble with Orbit sugar-free gum bigger than the one on the full size poster included in the September/October edition of Access. Post your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #orbitgum. Win a 100th anniversary gift bag!

More details to come!

About Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programs

For more than 25 years, Wrigley Oral Healthcare programs have supported independent, clinical research into the benefits of chewing gum including saliva stimulation, plaque acid neutralization and tooth strengthening to help oral care professionals and their patients understand the role of sugar-free gum as a convenient tool for everyday oral care. Today, Wrigley operates oral health care programs in 47 countries worldwide. Visit for more information.

Community Service

For October, ADHA will be sending out a special shipment to each state president to assist with their community service activities. Look for more information as National Dental Hygiene Month approaches.

NDHM Posters
2013 NDHM Poster 11 x 17 
2013 NDHM Poster 8.5 x 11
2012 NDHM Poster 11 x 17 
2012 NDHM Poster 8.5 x 11
2011 NDHM Poster 11 x 17
2011 NDHM Poster 8.5 x11
2010 NDHM Poster 11 x 17
2010 NDHM Poster 8.5 x11

NDHM Materials
Child Oral Health Fact Sheet
Adolescent Oral Health Fact Sheet
Adult Oral Health
Senior Oral Health
Premature Birth Fact Sheet

Spanish fact sheets are also available
ESPA-Atrapado Sin un Cepillo de Dientes
ESPA-Consejo que puede salvarle la vida
ESPA-El Cepillado Correcto
ESPA-Eliminar el mal aliento
ESPA-Lo que Necesita Saber Acerca de la Saliva
ESPA-Quién es el Higienista Dental
ESPA-Uso Apropiado del Hilo Dental

Dental Hygienists: It’s About You!

National Dental Hygiene Month is an opportunity to share with the world the wonderful services which you, as a dental hygienist, provide to your patients and the community at large, but it's also a time to be recognized for that contribution. The month of October is the perfect time to take a moment and reflect upon your success and be rewarded for it. We're here to help! For the entire month ADHA will celebrate you, our members and potential members, for your daily contributions to your office, your patients and your community.

Please look for a special mailing in October with more details!

Public Relations Materials

Now is a great opportunity to begin promoting your NDHM events for this year! Start the process by using the templates created by ADHA to raise awareness of your event.

Download NDHM 2013 PR templates