Celebrating National Dental Hygienist Week!

Celebrating National Dental Hygienist Week!

Each year, National Dental Hygienist Week falls on the second week in April, which is a great time to celebrate FDA’s wonderful and amazing team of hygienists! Alex, Ashley, Diann, Erin, Jean, Kelly, and Lydianne are the caring professionals you see the most when you come to our office. From removing plaque and tartar to taking digital x-rays, they are experts in oral health care and help assess your health at each visit. Our dental hygienists also love to help our patients set up a home health routine and are always happy to demonstrate the best way to brush or share their flossing tips! We asked this dynamo group of women what they love most about their job…here’s what they said.


“Oral hygiene plays such an important role with overall systemic health. Every patient is different and unique in their own way, and I am passionate about finding a routine that works for his or her lifestyle. Helping patients feel confident about their smile is such a rewarding experience!  I love motivating patients to keep up with their oral care. Also, my goal is always to help patients feel relaxed at their appointment…I want patients to enjoy their visits here at FDA.”


“I love the enthusiasm created by the whole team learning together. We can branch off and learn about other things and then come back and share. I [also] love laughing with my patients. We all have better days when we laugh a lot.”


“FDA takes the time to get to know patients to create individual treatment plans based on their needs and wants. I love educating my patients about the new developments in dentistry. It’s such an honor to take care of generations of the same family.”


“The teamwork at FDA is unmatched. Helping hands are everywhere. The dental care is modern, conservative, and thorough; and it’s what I want for my own family.”


“Our doctors are always a step ahead in adopting useful technology which makes for a comfortable dental practice for our patients and an exciting work environment and culture for the staff. We go above and beyond for our patients. In fact, I’ve built up a clientele that I’ve seen for so long, I just can’t wait to catch up with them during their next visit.”


“I love the team at FDA! Everyone is highly trained and are the best at what they do. We all really care and put our patients first. I especially enjoy working with patients who have dental anxiety. Meeting them where they are, addressing their concerns, and identifying what I can do to make them more comfortable is my favorite part of the job.”

Thank you, Alex, Ashley, Diann, Erin, Jean, Kelly, and Lydianne!! You are the heart of FDA!

Do you need to schedule a visit to see one of our hygienists for a cleaning? Give our office a call today – 207.781.5900. We’re here to help!

Happy National Dentist’s Day to Our Favorite Dentists:  Dr. Brunacini & Dr. Karagiorgos!

Happy National Dentist’s Day to Our Favorite Dentists: Dr. Brunacini & Dr. Karagiorgos!

National Dentist’s Day is March 6th. While we don’t need a holiday to sing our praises for our beloved dentists, Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos, we’ll take any opportunity to highlight how wonderful they are! They are two of the most caring, compassionate and thoughtful dental professionals out there…dedicated to providing our patients with the best oral care possible. But you don’t have to take our word for it! We regularly receive 5 star reviews from happy patients who have positive experiences with our dentists. Let’s hear from a few of them!


“For years, the care I receive has been the best I’ve ever encountered (at 50, and having lived all over the country, I’ve been to a number). Here’s what you probably want to know: Nothing has ever hurt! Really. Secondly, I’ve had a lot of work. Regular cleanings, crown repair, Invisalign… lots. It has all been wonderful. My teeth are totally straight now (no dinosaur teeth!), beautifully white, and really healthy. What’s more, they really care. The Drs (both of them) feel like they’re at the top of their game, and spend time, EVERY time. The facility is super clean, remarkably modern as far as scanning/diagnostic tech, and the people who take care of you really take CARE of you. I couldn’t be happier, and my teeth are no longer a liability.”  – Peter L.

“I have been with Falmouth Dental Arts for many years when Dr. Knock was there. He made a wonderful choice by having Dr. Brunacini take over the practice. I had a crown installed yesterday. I hadn’t had a crown in years, so I was completely blown away by the latest technology! The whole process only took about 2 1/2 hours and I had a permanent crown in one sitting. It is all done digitally with virtual photos and drawings that communicate with another machine that fashions the crown out of porcelain. Dr. Brunacini and Mary took their time and explained every part of the process and made sure I was comfortable at all times. I was fascinated watching the computer programs, the different tools that were used, and the perfect symphony that they had as a team working together in tandem. It was an educational and an enjoyable experience! All of the staff that work here are knowledgeable, professional, and personable. I highly recommend Falmouth Dental Arts.”  – Cheryl C.

“Dr. K is the best. Exceptionally competent. Laser focused. Creative, communicative, thoughtful, pragmatic. Great ‘chair side manner.’ Couldn’t ask for a better dentist/partner.”  – Scott B.

“This office was incredibly thoughtful and respectful. Dr. Brunacini was wonderful, provided information that was comprehensive and understandable. He is so extremely respectful and incredibly knowledgeable. Jean, the dental hygienist, was the best I’ve ever had. She was very thorough and professional. This is the best dental experience I’ve had in 50 years!!!” – Dotsy

Falmouth Dental Arts and all the staff are absolutely wonderful!!! Dr K is the best! He is professional, has a great sense of humor, and knows how to make your visit a comfortable one! I would recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality experience.” – Nancy C.

Thank you to Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos for all you do to take excellent care of our patients!

Haven’t seen Dr. B or Dr. K for a while? Schedule your appointment with us today by calling 207.781.5900. We are here to provide you with the best oral care possible and to help you have your best smile!

It’s Children’s Dental Month –  Frequently Asked Questions About Baby Teeth

It’s Children’s Dental Month – Frequently Asked Questions About Baby Teeth

At FDA, we believe that healthy habits start early! In honor of Children’s Dental Month, we’re talking about your child’s baby teeth: what to expect, and how to care for them. Here are some frequently asked questions:

1)    How Important are Baby Teeth?

Although they are eventually replaced by adult teeth, baby teeth are still very important! Not just cute, they actually help with chewing solid food, learning to talk, and they serve as placeholders for when the big teeth grow in.

2)    When Will My Baby Develop Baby Teeth?

Children develop at different rates, but typically a baby will sprout his or her first tooth between 6 to 12 months of age. Usually, the two bottom front teeth pop up first, with the top two teeth following right behind. New baby teeth continue to make their appearance until about age three. Around age six, you can expect your child to get their first loose tooth!

Your baby or toddler may have lots of space between their teeth and that’s ok! This is normal and allows more space for adult teeth when it is their time to move in. For more information on new teeth timing, check out the American Dental Association’s Eruption Chart.

3)    When Should My Child Start Brushing and Flossing?

Even though all baby teeth will eventually fall out, tooth decay and cavities are still possible, even at a young age. To clean your baby’s first tooth, use a wet washcloth to gently wipe the tooth and the front of the tongue. Do this after feeding your baby and again before bed.

When your baby has more than one tooth, you can start brushing them with a soft-bristled, baby toothbrush or you can use your finger. Use an ADA-approved toothpaste specifically formulated for babies or just plain water works too! Flossing isn’t necessary until two or more teeth are touching together, usually between the ages of two and three.

4)    When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?

Every child is different and we want to help them build a positive relationship with oral health and dental care. We recommend scheduling your child’s first dentist appointment between their first and their third birthday. Give us a call to determine if your child is ready for their first appointment. At this appointment, Dr. Brunacini or Dr. Karagiorgos will help them to feel comfortable with the dental chair and all of the tools we use. We will examine your child’s teeth for cavities and will also give you and your child a lesson on proper brushing technique.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s little pearly whites, feel free to get in touch – we’re here to help! Our team of fun and friendly dental professionals looks forward to caring for your child and helping them develop life-long healthy habits! Give us a call at 207.781.5900!


7 Oral Health Tips for the New Year!

Happy New Year from the Falmouth Dental Arts team! The new year is always a great time to recommit to making positive changes to your health routine, and oral health is no different!  Small changes, repeated often, become habits. At FDA, we believe that practicing healthy habits at home can make a big impact on your oral health. Here are seven tips to improve your oral health in 2023. They are tried and true and are sure to help you!

1)    Brush for Two Minutes, Two Times a Day

Gently brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, using a soft-bristled, ADA-approved toothbrush. Check out our tips for proper brushing technique. We are always happy to make suggestions about the best type of toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, so please don’t hesitate to just ask us!

2)    Floss Your Teeth Once a Day

In addition to brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, it is important to floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth. Use traditional string floss or flossers to gently get between each tooth.

3)     Use a Mouth Rinse With Fluoride

Using products with fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce bacteria, which helps with overall oral health and teeth sensitivity. We offer several professional-strength, alcohol-free mouth rinses made with essential oils.

4)    Make Healthy Food Choices

There are many dietary changes you can make which will have a positive impact on your oral health and will help keep your smile shining bright! For example, you can:

  • Reduce the sugar in your diet.
  • Cut back on acidic foods and beverages, like citrus fruits and soft drinks.
  • Rinse with water after meals, sugary snacks, and drinks.
  • Increase your intake of calcium-rich foods like cheese and yogurt.

5)    Kick Tobacco to the Curb

Giving up smoking and other forms of tobacco use is one of the best things you can do for your oral health and overall health. Tobacco use is linked to tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. There is help available to quit this highly addictive habit, and we’ll be here to cheer you on. Let us know if you need support!

6)    Treat Yourself to an Electric Toothbrush

Your oral health is worth it! An electric toothbrush can upgrade your oral health routine by brushing more efficiently and by making it easier to brush for a full two minutes. This can be especially helpful for those with arthritis or other conditions that make brushing by hand more difficult.

7)    Routine Dental Visits

Start the new year off right by scheduling your recommended cleanings or other dental care appointments.  Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos recommend coming in for a check up at least twice a year for optimal oral health. Preventative dental care is one of the best things you can do for yourself in the new year.  Give us a call at 207.781.5900 if you would like to schedule an appointment – we’re here to help!

Show your Teeth Some Gratitude!

Show your Teeth Some Gratitude!

6 Tooth-friendly tips for Thanksgiving!

At Falmouth Dental Arts, we are so grateful for our patients and our team of compassionate dental professionals! Our goal is to develop a partnership with you and we want you to have a healthy smile all year round. That’s why, in addition to visiting us at least twice a year, we encourage our patients to follow a good oral health routine at home, which goes beyond the toothbrush and includes a healthy diet and lifestyle choices.. Here are 6 tips to show your teeth some gratitude on Thanksgiving and every day!

1)    Quit Smoking

November is National Smoke Out Month, so it’s a great time to make a commitment to quit smoking and vaping for your oral health and general wellness. Not only does smoking and using other tobacco products cause damage to your teeth and gums, but it also has the potential to weaken your immune system and raise your risk of oral and other cancers. For resources to quit smoking, visit the American Cancer Society and let Dr. Brunacini or Dr. Karagiorgos know so they can support you as well!

2)    Don’t Use Your Teeth as a Tool

You don’t want to have a dental emergency in the middle of your Thanksgiving festivities, so refrain from using your teeth as a nutcracker, ice crusher, or bottle opener (no matter how impressive these skills may be)!

3)    Choose Tooth-Friendly Foods

 There are so many delicious foods to choose from on Turkey Day, but which ones will do your teeth some good? A healthy diet is an important part of your oral health, and fortunately there are a lot of tasty options that will support your chompers as you feast.

Turkey is high in protein, calcium, and vitamin D, making it a great choice. Fresh and cooked veggies also get a green light. Munch on other healthy snacks like cheese, nuts, and fresh fruit.

4)    Drink Water

A good rule of thumb for Thanksgiving and every day is to drink plenty of water. Water is great for your digestion and overall wellness and it’s also a great drink choice to have with meals. This is because water washes away any debris left behind after eating and reduces bacteria. So make sure you guzzle some water as you gobble your turkey!

5)    Brush and Floss After the Big Meal

Don’t feel too guilty about eating lots of sweets or having an extra glass of wine on this special day –  just remember to brush and floss your teeth after you finish eating or at the end of the day! Link to the toothbush post for tips!

6)    Chew Gum

If you are not at home for the holiday and can’t brush and floss after your meal, chewing sugar-free gum can help; gum can clean your mouth by producing extra saliva that can wash food particles away. Then when you do return home, you can go through your regular routine.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Thank you for being a part of the FDA family! If you have any questions for Dr. Brunacini or Dr. Karagiorgos about your oral health routine or need to make an appointment, give us a call at 207.781.5900, as we’re here to help!

6 Tips for a Happy & Healthy Halloween

6 Tips for a Happy & Healthy Halloween

Happy Healthy Halloween from FDA!

Here at FDA, we are all about teaching healthy oral care habits right from the start, but we also want the kiddos to have lots of FUN on one of the most popular holidays of the year – Halloween! All the little trick-or-treaters out there can go ahead and enjoy their Halloween treats without causing major damage to their pearly whites! Here’s how…


1. Count Your Candy

Let your child know how many pieces of candy he or she can eat in one sitting. After they have finished their candy quota for the day, put it away. Adults should follow this rule too (no more sneaking your favorite candy into the closet)!


2. Save Some for a Rainy Day

Decide how many days you and your child can enjoy snacking on the Halloween candy stash and then save some for later by storing it in the freezer. You can also reduce your supply by donating leftover candy to an organization that sends care packages overseas to active military members to lift their spirits.


3. Choose Tooth-Friendly Treats

Candy that is easy to chew and swallow is always better for the teeth than sticky and chewy choices that tend to linger on the teeth. Chocolate bars and crunchy or easily-dissolvable candy are preferable over taffy, caramel, and sticky choices.


4. Brush ASAP

Encourage your child to floss and brush right after eating Halloween candy, especially if it was something sticky or chewy that could get stuck on or in between the teeth. The sooner your child brushes his or her teeth, the better, to minimize any damage to the enamel of the teeth. This is even more important if your child eats candy late in the evening, as sleeping with sugar on the teeth can increase his or her risk of getting a cavity. Following up toothbrushing with a fluoride rinse is also a good idea.


5. Rinse with Water

Drinking water after eating or drinking anything sugary is always a great cavity preventative. Drinking water after meals is a healthy habit that helps rinse your mouth of bacteria and neutralize the acidity in the mouth caused by foods to help prevent tooth decay and cavities.


6. Schedule a Checkup

Now that the kids are busy back at school and with extracurricular activities, it’s easy to forget to schedule your child’s regular hygiene appointments. Give us a call at 207.781.5900 if you have any questions about your child’s oral health, or would like to schedule an appointment – we’re here to help!