With a Health Fair at Greenbriar Mall and Dental Hygiene Tips
Clayton State University is celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month during the month of October.
The 2011 theme for National Dental Hygiene Month is, “It’s Simple, Healthy Habits for a Healthy Smile,” which recognizes the importance of adolescent and adult oral healthcare. The new theme stresses easy ways that patients can incorporate a simple oral health regimen into an active and busy life in order to maintain optimal oral health.
This year, Clayton State University junior and senior dental hygiene students will be promoting good oral health on campus as toothpaste and floss will be distributed to Clayton State students, faculty and staff. Additionally, the students are planning to participate in community service activities and have scheduled a Health Fair at the Greenbriar Mall on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. According to Interim Chair of the Dental Hygiene Department Dr. W. Gail Barnes, they are anticipating from 250 to 300 to be in attendance at the fair.
Dental decay is a chronic and quite common disease of childhood, notes Barnes. It affects 50 percent of children by middle childhood and nearly 70 percent by late adolescence.
“This condition is basically preventable when teeth are treated regularly by a dental hygienist,” she says.
Through the National Dental Hygiene Month program, the Metro Atlanta Area dental hygiene associations continue to stress the importance of increasing the public’s awareness about the importance of preventive services in maintaining good oral hygiene and to encourage others to develop and continue with a daily oral health routine. Brushing, flossing and rinsing are essential to good oral health. Barnes further notes that brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day remains a critical component to maintaining a healthy smile. Studies have shown that brushing for two minutes is perhaps the single most important step an individual can take to reduce plaque build-up and the risk of plaque-associated diseases, such as gingivitis and cavities.
Proper flossing or interdental cleaning removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach -- under the gum line and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.
Rinsing your mouth each day with an anti-microbial mouth rinse is another important step in preventing the gum disease known as gingivitis. Speak with your Dental Hygienist for more information on which mouth rinse is best for you, says Barnes.
Brushing and flossing disrupt plaque on teeth and gums, but teeth make up less than half of your mouth. To kill plaque and gingivitis germs that brushing leaves behind, be sure to finish your oral care routine with an antiseptic mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, she adds.
In addition, 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, neutralize plaque acids, re-mineralize enamel to strengthen teeth and washes away food particles.
“Let’s get excited about good oral health!” exclaims Barnes. “Why not join the celebration and get started on your healthy smile by calling the Clayton State Dental Hygiene Clinic at (678) 466-4920 to schedule an appointment today.”