Celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month: Tips From Our Team!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and we are lucky to have such an incredible team of hygienists to honor at FDA!  Ashley, Diann, Kelly, Jean, Erin, Alex, and Leigha make up the core of our practice, providing our family of patients with knowledgeable and compassionate dental care.  They are the expert eyes that Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos rely on for comprehensive patient updates at every check-up appointment.  The resilience and care that our hygienists demonstrate day-in-day-out is truly extraordinary.  We are so grateful for their hard work and commitment to patient comfort and care!  This month is also about promoting healthy mouths across the county, because that is what hygienists are all about!  Our team of hygienists are who you see at every cleaning and check up appointment and work closely with you to set up the right oral health care routine so your teeth and mouth stay healthy. We know that learning how to prioritize wellness and self-care can be challenging, so we asked the hygienists for their top oral health care tips!


“Flossing is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health.  Best practice is to make sure the floss reaches under the gumline.”


“Xylitol products like Spry or Oxyfresh are helpful tools for decay prevention.”


“If you don’t use an electric toothbrush, invest in one.  They truly provide a superior clean and help keep the gums healthier.”


“Don’t forget to clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or brush.”


“Cleaning between teeth can be tricky, even for the best flossers.  Teeth are not a flat surface and sometimes you need a little help to clean the concavities and convexities.  ‘Go Betweens’ are tiny pipe-cleaner-type brushes that fit between the teeth and pick up material that floss might miss.”


“My all time favorite tip for flossing is ‘keep it easy and simple.’  Keep a bag of ‘Plackers’ in the car and every time you drive, grab one and floss away!”


“Your oral cavity is a pathway to better health! Both a healthy diet and how you care for your teeth and gums are important.  Ancient Chinese medicine held this same advice.  Two minutes of proper brushing and interproximal cleaning (i.e. flossing) two times daily will help prevent numerous problems of inflammation throughout your body.”


Thank you, ladies!

Be sure to say thank you to your hygienist at your next appointment – or give them a shout out on our Facebook page!  If you have any questions about their tips or want to go over your oral health care routine, give us a call – 207.781.5900. We are here to be your partner in excellent oral health care.