The American Dental Hygienists' Association Emphasizes Proper Brushing this National Dental Hygiene Month

Oct 18, 2010, 10:00 ET from American Dental Hygienists' Association

CHICAGO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the theme "Healthy Habits are Easier than You Think" for its National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) celebration this October, the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), makers of Aquafresh®, emphasizes the importance of proper brushing as a key to maintaining excellent oral health.

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 cavities and gingivitis.

"It is imperative to our overall health to have a healthy mouth," ADHA President Caryn Solie, RDH, said. "Possibly the easiest and most effective technique for preventing some oral diseases is brushing for two minutes, a minimum of twice a day."

"Healthy teeth are critical to our overall oral health and regular toothbrushing with a toothpaste such as Aquafresh plays a major role in fighting cavities and therefore the risk of developing further dental problems," said Colin Mackenzie, Vice President Marketing, Oral Care, GlaxoSmithKline.

Leading an active lifestyle requires you to be healthy, and being healthy requires taking care of your mouth.  It is important to make time for good oral health.  Of the 1,440 minutes in a day, the most effective, and important to your well being, may be the four that you spend brushing your teeth.  

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ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 150,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit ADHA at

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