GOT TEETH? Thank Your Hygienist! October is also National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). 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. WOW, and you just thought they cleaned your teeth! The American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) designated October to honor these professionals who are dedicated to healthy smiles that last a lifetime. So the next time you see your Hygienist, please tell them that you thought about them during NDHM and how much you appreciate the care they give you.