Aspen Dental Celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month

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Industry leader offer tips on effective oral health care

The month of October has been declared National Dental Hygiene Month by the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA). The 2007 theme is part of a continuing four-year focus on, "A Healthy Smile Lasts a Lifetime." While it is important for everyone to maintain proper dental hygiene habits, this year's spotlight is on adolescent and teenage oral health. The month-long observance is designed to raise awareness about oral health hazards and to provide information on prevention and oral care.

To help celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month, Aspen Dental (http://www.aspendent.com), the nation's fastest-growing network of full-service dental and denture offices, is offering helpful tips and advice for a healthy smile and enhanced overall health. Each Aspen Dental office provides a full range of dental services, including general and cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, hygiene and oral surgery, and eight styles of full and partial dentures from Aspen's exclusive line of comfidents® brand dentures.

Aspen dentists and hygienists acknowledge that healthy oral hygiene practices are essential for living a fit, happy life. According to Maureen Howes, Manager of Hygiene Services, "Proper oral health practices are absolutely important for everyone to follow. Brushing three times a day and flossing daily will have a significant, positive impact on a person's oral health and overall health. Having a daily routine that involves thorough oral hygiene practices will not only make your mouth feel good, but helps protect against heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain cancers."

Following proper oral health care procedures is easy to do and will help to make your teeth and gums strong and healthy throughout your life. Here are a few simple tips that you can put into practice that will start you on your way to excellent oral health:

  •     Brush at least twice a day.
  •     Floss at least once a day.
  •     Drink less soda and sugared juices and more water.
  •     Eat more fibrous foods, including carrots and apples, which are considered "natural tooth cleaners"
  •     Reduce the consumption of sticky foods that contain high amounts of sugar.
  •     Visit a dentist twice a year.

According to a study conducted by the research group Health Care For All, proper oral health care requires access to dental services and treatment, regular visits to a dental care professional for cleanings and exams, and the utilization of preventative measures such as: dental sealants, fluoride, and regular brushing and flossing.

Aspen dentists provide their patients with an array of professional dental services ranging from check-ups to comprehensive oral surgery. For more information visit the company's website at http://www.aspendent.com. For additional information on National Dental Hygiene Month, visit the American Dental Hygienists website at http://www.adha.org.

About Aspen Dental:
Aspen Dental provides access to high-quality, affordable denture and dental care through a full range of dental services, including general and cosmetic dentistry, hygiene, oral surgery, whitening, fillings, crowns and bridges. Aspen Dental specializes in fixed and removable prosthetic dentistry, offering a choice of eight proprietary styles of full and partial dentures through its comfidents® brand. There are more than 125 Aspen Dental offices throughout Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Arizona. Aspen strives to serve historically under-served members of the community by providing dental care to the 40 percent of the population with no regular dentist or pattern of dental visits. In 2006, Aspen dentists received more than 700,000 patient visits, including visits from about 100,000 new patients and 25,000 denture patients. In 2007, Aspen anticipates more than one million patient visits.    

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Mark Frank
315-454-6000 ext. 244

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