The American Dental Hygienists Association’s (ADHA) 2013 observance of National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) in October featured a national bilingual radio media tour that centered on the importance of proper dental hygiene. Representing ADHA on the October 2 radio media tour was ADHA President Denise Bowers, RDH, PhD, and Diana Macri, RDH, BSDH, Ms. Ed., a lecturer in City Tech’s Department of Dental Hygiene. Macri is also a part-time faculty member of the New York University College of Dentistry.
Bowers provided information and advice on how to maintain good oral health to English language radio stations. Macri, being of Latin descent and speaking fluent Spanish, was the counterpart to Spanish language radio stations. Together, Bowers and Macri conducted more than 25 live and taped interviews which aired in 12 states across the country.
As part of this year’s observance, the Wrigley Company Foundation, in partnership with the ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH), offered community service grants of $2,500 and $5,000 to dental hygienists who are pursuing projects intended to improve their community’s oral health. The 2013 NDHM is the capstone of ADHA’s yearlong centennial celebration of the founding of dental hygiene in 1913. For more details on this year’s festivities, visit www.adha.org/ndhm.
The American Dental Hygienists Association 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.