October is recognized as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time to celebrate the importance of dental hygiene, dental hygienists, and dental hygiene professionals in our communities. It’s also an opportunity for us to recognize the work that dental hygienists do every day. In addition, National Dental Hygiene Month is a great opportunity to learn about the many ways dental care is vital to improving your health and well- being. Guilliot Dentistry applauds every dental hygiene professional for the excellent services that they provide, and Guilliot Dentistry emphasizes the importance of good oral health, especially in this month of recognition. 

This month, let us spotlight our dental hygienists! National Dental Hygiene Month is a time to celebrate the contributions of these professionals who have made an impact on our health and well- being. As dental hygienists, their list of responsibilities are many. Dental hygienists see and treat patients during their dental exams. During these exams, a dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the patient’s teeth using several dental tools, apply protectants, such as fluoride and sealants, to the patient’s teeth, administer and evaluate dental x-ray exams as needed, and also administer local anesthesia as necessary. After the cleaning is complete, the dental hygienist educates the patient on good oral hygiene techniques and how to use them effectively. After the appointment, dental hygienists review all the patient’s oral health records and record any changes in oral health. They then report back to the dentist for further evaluation and recommendations regarding appropriate oral care practices. Overall, a dental hygienist’s job is to ensure that patients are treated with the best dental care possible and that their oral hygiene habits are maintained.

This month, let us also highlight the importance of good dental hygiene. The mouth is the window to a person’s overall health. The oral cavity is where most germs and bacteria live. It is important that we keep our mouths clean and free from any harmful bacteria that can then travel to the digestive and respiratory tracts where larger health problems can occur. A high level of oral bacteria has been linked to the following diseases:

  • Endocarditis
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Pregnancy Complications

Therefore, our dental hygiene is vital in our daily lives. The importance of dental hygiene is not only for oral health but also for overall well-being and wellness. Dental hygiene can be a major factor in maintaining good health over a lifespan.

Lastly, let us take this opportunity to highlight some tips for good dental hygiene! First, make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste. Secondly, be sure to floss once a day. Thirdly, use a mouthwash to rid your mouth of remaining food particles and/or bacteria after brushing. Fourthly, maintain a healthy diet, limiting your sugar intake to thwart cavities. Fifthly, replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months is advised. Finally, keeping regular dental exams/appointments is vital in maintaining your dental health.

During National Dental Hygiene Month, we are celebrating the importance of dental hygiene and how it can be a lifesaving and life-saving practice. Also, celebrating our dental hygienists and other dental professionals is important because they are responsible for maintaining healthy oral health. We want to encourage you to join us in making a difference by participating in this national dental hygiene month!

If you have any questions about your dental hygiene, contact the dental professionals at Guilliot Dentistry in Lafayette, Louisiana. Their highly skilled dental staff is ready to serve you with a bright smile!