Celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month: Tips From Our Team!

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.

National Dental Hygiene Month! What Does It Take to Be a Hygienist?


Leigha – Our New Dental Hygienist

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and we are lucky to have an amazing team of dental hygienists at Falmouth Dental Arts: Diann, Kelly, Jean, Erin, Alex, and our newest addition Leigha!

From a patient perspective, this incredible group of compassionate and knowledgeable healthcare professionals are the people you interact with most:  they perform your routine check-ups and cleanings, and help your teeth get squeaky clean for the dentist’s review.  They also love to educate patients so you are empowered to make the best choices for your unique dental needs. 

So, what does it take to be a dental hygienist? What are some of the tricks-of-the-trade? To celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month, we asked Ashley from our team of phenomenal hygienists to share a little more about what they do.


1.What sort of school and training is required to be a dental hygienist? 

Ashley: Dental hygienists must attend accredited dental school or university majoring in Dental Hygiene. The majority of current programs take four years to complete, with graduates receiving a bachelor’s degree. Upon receiving their degree, hygienists are eligible to take a series of board exams in order to become licensed and to work in a dental office.

2. What is your favorite part of your job?

Ashley: One of the best parts of being a dental hygienist is building connections and relationships with our patients. Learning about our patients not only makes our appointments fun and engaging but also helps us make recommendations that work with their lifestyle.  We love our patients!

3. What is something most people don’t know about being a hygienist? 

Ashley: Choosing a career in Dental Hygiene is a commitment to life-long learning. Technologies and care philosophies are always evolving which means we as providers are constantly engaging in education and professional development to ensure we are providing “crest of the wave” care. In fact, we are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two years as part maintaining an active license in the state of Maine. 

4. What is your favorite dental product? 

Ashley: The electric toothbrush. It is more effective at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush and stimulates the gum tissue in order to promote gum health. It enhances the homecare routine especially for those with dexterity issues and braces. 

5. What is your #1 dental tip for patients? 

Ashley: Simple, FLOSS. Flossing daily can prevent a myriad of dental and overall health issues. Who knew a piece of string could have such an impact on overall health?! 

7. What is the best part of being a hygienist at Falmouth Dental Arts? 

Ashley: Collectively, one of the most rewarding elements of being a hygienist at Falmouth Dental Arts is our whole-body approach to dental care. We recognize the impact of oral health on overall health and collaborate with our patients to create an individualized care plan. This approach is empowering and motivating for both us as hygienists and for the patient. As a result, treatment success is increased.  It’s very rewarding!


Thank you, Ashley! 

And thank you to all of our outstanding dental hygienists — Diann, Kelly, Jean, Erin, Alex, and Leigha!  If you have more questions for our team about your oral health care, or need to schedule your next appointment, give our office a call at 207.781.5900.