Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Good oral health, including healthy teeth and gums and proper alignments, is an important part of overall health for all residents of the Commonwealth; and 

Whereas Nineteen percent of adults in Massachusetts have not had their teeth cleaned in the past year, and 84 percent of 17-year-olds in the United States have tooth decay; and

Whereas Good oral health habits start in childhood and include twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular dental checkups; and

Whereas Brushing and flossing properly, along with regular dental checkups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease; and

Whereas Orthodontists in the Commonwealth are dedicated to creating the best dental alignment for the most proficient hygiene and hygienic access, thus creating a healthier oral environment and leading to improved overall health; and

Whereas We encourage Massachusetts residents to take a pr0-active approach to their oral hygiene, dental health and alignment,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2011,  to be

Oral Health Month 

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this thirtieth day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin 
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts