It's May! Here's what's happening!
NATIONAL DENTAL CARE MONTH
During the month of May, National Dental Care Month takes time to remind us of the importance of caring for our pearly whites. Thaddeus P. Hyatt promoted preventative dental care in the early 1900s. Today, oral hygiene is learned at an early age. Brush twice a day, floss, keep the sugary snacks to a minimum and see your dentist twice a year. That’s what we learn. Beyond childhood, it seems, we forget all we have learned. A healthy smile requires continued healthy habits. Maintaining those habits reduces the risks of cavities and infection and the costs associated with long-term dental repairs. If it’s been a while since your last visit, understand that dentists today appreciate your fears. They will do everything they can to alleviate your anxiety and get your smile back on track. National Dental Care Month brings awareness just in time for a summer full of family reunions, weddings, and vacations – all times when we love to take pictures and smile! So, brush up on your dental care and check-up with your dentist.
NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
National Mental Health Awareness Month in May focuses on bringing tools, resources, and education to the general public. Each year Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and other mental health organizations across the country organize events, webinars, and more to improve mental health access across the country. Mental health is a hot topic. This is good news. It means the stigma for mental health issues is slowly going away. Mental health issues are finally getting the attention they deserve. Healthcare workers and individuals feel they can discuss mental health more openly. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still work to do, however. As a whole, we often misunderstand mental health because it is hard to define. Additionally, mental health includes several areas. These areas involve one’s social, emotional, and psychological well-being. Mental health affects thoughts, feelings, and actions. When one has positive mental health, they are better equipped to handle stress, be more productive, and realize their full potential. While we focus on our physical wellbeing, the food we eat, exercise, and getting regular check-ups for vision and dental care, we often forget to take stock of our emotional and spiritual needs. Everyday demands take their toll.