Dental Hygiene Month in October is a Good Time to Brush Up on Oral Health

When was the last time you saw your dental hygienist? 

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a good time to review the ways to take good care of your teeth and recognize the important work of hygienists.

Seeing your dentist and hygienist at least once a year, brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, staying away from tobacco products and limiting alcohol are a few of the ways you can practice good oral health.

Regular visits to a dental office can help prevent cavities and gum disease and help find oral cancer early so that it can be treated.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has programs that support dental health. They include sealants for children’s teeth and oral health promotion for moms, babies, adolescents, adults and people who have special healthcare needs.

VDH dental hygienists work in many communities across Virginia to provide dental services and education. These dental hygienists work in schools, providing dental cleanings, sealants and education. They also work in WIC clinics providing fluoride varnish and education to young children and their families.

It’s important to remember that oral disease can lead to problems eating, speaking, and learning. Poor oral health can lead to severe gum disease and tooth loss and is linked to chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

Learn more about dental hygiene on the VDH Oral Health page where you’ll find information about programs, help finding a dentist for people with special healthcare needs along with facts, figures and other resources.