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Dental Celebrations This October Month

October 02, 2022
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Rejoice! Dental Hygiene Month is here, so today, let’s discuss its significance, how to celebrate it, and why maintaining oral health is so important.

What is Dental Hygiene Month?

Dental Hygiene Month is observed in October (America) and April (Canada). Dental Hygiene Month was launched in 2009 by The American Dental Hygienists’ Association in collaboration with multinational chewing gum corporation Wrigley Company. The goal was to create and spread awareness about oral health.

Why is dental hygiene important?

A flashy smile doesn’t always indicate good dental health. Your gums are essential as well. Cavities and bad gums may lead to severe infections like periodontitis, diabetes, cancer, and heart ailments.

Further, your oral health affects your speech and confidence. So maintaining your teeth and gums is beneficial for your general well-being.

Your oral hygiene routine


Brushing removes plaque, lessening the chances of developing cavities and gum diseases.

Brush twice with fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Each session should last for two minutes.


Before you sleep, floss once daily.

Flossing cleans areas your brush cannot reach. So, it removes plaque further and small particles stuck in your teeth.


Use a good mouthwash to remove bacteria from other parts inside your mouth. Rinse after brushing and flossing.


Have sugarless chewing gums.

Sugar damages teeth enamel, so avoid such chewing gums. Sugarless chewing gums increase saliva volume, decreasing plaque acid, making teeth strong, and reducing decay.

Benefits of dentist visits and dental cleaning

Visit a dentist twice a year. And, if you have a dental issue, make it 3-4 times.

A dentist visit helps in early cavity detection and thorough dental cleaning. The latter removes hardened plaque, stains, and tartar.

World Smile Day

World Smile Day lands on the first Friday of October. In 2022, it’d be observed on October 7.

It was started by Harvey Ball, creator of the extremely popular smiley face, in 1999. The Massachusetts-based artist wanted people to smile and spread happiness through small acts of kindness.

Why should you smile more?

Stats say children smile 400 times/day while we clock a measly 20! Let’s change that from now. Because:

  • Smiling boosts mood
  • Releases happy hormones like cortisol, endorphins
  • Reduces pain, BP, stress
  • More endurance, stronger immunity
  • Makes you approachable

Five fun facts about smiling:

  • Over 50 muscles work to make you smile
  • The easiest identifiable expression, even from 300ft away
  • Babies learn to smile/laugh from birth
  • There are 19 types of smiles
  • Men smile less than women

How to celebrate these occasions

  • Follow dental hygiene and visit a dentist as suggested
  • Consider teeth whitening
  • Replace your old dental tools
  • Go for cleanings and fillings
  • Teach your children about dental hygiene. Give utmost importance to pediatric dentistry
  • Watch fun movies
  • Compliment someone, express gratitude, bring coffee/food, order something – just make someone smile!
  • Shower your dental team with love/gifts like thank you note, flowers, cake, etc.
  • Go for cosmetic dentistry. Make your set of white pearls aesthetically appealing.


 October is Dental Hygiene Month and World Smile Day falls on the month’s first Friday. Celebrate it with your children. Be particular about their and your dental visits.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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