Springtime Smiles: April is Oral Health Month

12 April 2017

As part of oral health month in Canada, National Dental Hygienists Week takes place from April 8 to14. The week’s theme is “Oral Health for Total Health,” a reminder that taking care of the mouth, teeth and gums benefits our overall physical and mental well-being.

Sponsored by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, which serves as the collective national voice for more than 28,495 dental hygienists across the country, this awareness week is a perfect opportunity to make oral hygiene a priority in our daily lives. Why not help your smile shine by setting new dental health goals for yourself? Start with six simple steps: brush, floss, use an oral rinse, eat a healthy diet, eliminate tobacco use, and see a dental hygienist regularly. Dental hygienists are primary healthcare providers who work in a variety of settings, including independent dental hygiene practice, with people of all ages. Responsible for more than just cleaning teeth, they work with us to develop daily oral care routines and offer treatment recommendations and disease prevention strategies. Whether calming down toddlers at their first dental visit or providing care to adults with periodontal disease, dental hygienists want everyone to enjoy a healthy smile for life. Find more information at www.cdha.ca/ndhw.