National Dental Hygiene Month

NDHM_Banner_2015October is National Dental Hygiene Month!  The focus on NDHM this year centers around the four components of good oral health maintenance: brushing teeth twice daily, flossing every day, rinsing with antimicrobial mouthrisne and chewing sugar-free gum. Are you doing the Daily 4?

If you would like more info about how integrating good oral health-care habits into your daily routine will benefit not just your oral health, but also contribute to improved overall health ask your dental hygienist at your next visit or contact us today!

Knock Tobacco Out of the Park!

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California Dental Hygienists’ Association has taken action and so can YOU.

Please take a moment to review Tobacco-Free Baseball. Join CDHA and Major League Baseball by asking your state legislator to support a bill to prohibit tobacco products in California baseball venues.

It’s Time to Take Tobacco Out of Baseball.

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NUMBER OF KIDS AGE 12-17 WHO TRY SMOKELESS TOBACCO FOR THE FIRST TIME EACH YEAR

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In 2014, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died at age 54 from salivary gland  cancer. Shortly after, pitching great Curt Schilling went public about his treatment for oral cancer. Both players attributed their health battles to their longtime use of smokeless tobacco.

In the News – Proctor and Gamble to Remove Polyethylene from Products

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The American Dental Hygiene Association reports:

In the last few months, dental hygienists like Trish Walraven, RDH, BSDH have been speaking out about polyethylene plastic beads or microbeads in toothpastes, and their potential to become embedded within gums. Procter & Gamble (P&G) has elected to remove the FDA-approved microbeads from a number of products, including Crest toothpastes, due to pressure from consumers and dental hygiene professionals. P&G states that although “the ingredient in question is completely safe, approved for use in foods by the FDA and part of an enjoyable brushing experience for millions of consumers with no issues, we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove the ingredient.” P&G pledges to remove the plastic beads from a majority of their products by March 2015, with the completion of the removal process a year later, in March 2016.

Random Acts of Hygiene – Anthony

Today we kicked off our Random Acts of Hygiene.  The dental industry is unique in that we offer a service that only trained and licensed individuals can give. Knowing we are the only ones that can provide dental treatment, we wanted to use our special skills to help others.  So we are seeking out random individuals who are in need of dental treatment and simply providing them with professional hygiene services at no cost.

First up was Anthony.  He was all smiles by the end of his appointment.  He was truly thankful and honored to be a part of Random Acts of Hygiene.  It is really an awesome feeling to know we were able to help Anthony not only improve his oral health, but his overall health as well!

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“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” —Kevin Heath, Ceo More4kids

National Dental Hygiene Month – Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew

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The focus of National Dental Hygiene Month this year centers around the four components of good oral health maintenance: brushing teeth twice daily, flossing every day, rinsing with mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum.

Click below for:

Proper Brushing Instruction

Proper Flossing Instruction

Hygienist Highlight – Stephanie Estrada

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I attended dental hygiene school at: West Los Angeles College.

I became a dental hygienist because: I always loved going to the dentist growing up and when looking into a career change and going to dental school a retired dentist suggested I become a dental hygienist instead, because I had the personality for it and it would be a lot less stressful and more flexible than being a dentist.

The thing I enjoy most about being a dental hygienist is: developing strong patient-provider relationships, so the patients have fun, but at the same time, they know they are receiving the best care and are genuinely cared for.

My mentor is: Dr. Calleros, since they day I got hired she has provided me with a platform to continually grow professionally and has always shown me enormous support and encouragement over the years.

My favorite oral hygiene aid: Interproximal Brush, they are really great for removing plaque and preventing build up, especially in the bottom front teeth, where so many people build up calculus.

Hygienist Highlight – Laurie Monroe

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I Live in: Redondo Beach

I attended dental hygiene school at: University of Michigan

The thing I enjoy most about being a dental hygienist is: helping patients that have dental anxiety become more comfortable and have an enjoyable experience at the Dentist.

I became a dental hygienist because: I always admired my dental hygienist growing up and thought it seemed like a great way to help people and meet a lot of different people.

My mentor is: Wendy Kerschbaum, she was the director of dental hygiene while I attended UM. I can still email her questions!

My favorite oral hygiene aid: Sonicare Toothbrush

Hygienist Highlight – Marissa Heredia

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and we will be highlighting our very own dental hygienist through out the month.  Dental Hygienist are vital to every dental practice.  They work very hard to ensure each and every patient has a pleasurable experience and leave with the oral hygiene knowledge needed to maintain good oral health.  We can’t thank them enough for all that they do!

First up is Marissa Heredia, RDH

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I live in: El Segundo.

I attended dental hygiene school at: West Los Angeles College.

I became a dental hygienist because: I truly love dentistry and wanted to work with people one on one. I also loved the flexibility to work part-time so I can still be a mom.

The thing I enjoy most about being a dental hygienist is: meeting someone new everyday and being able to give them one new piece of oral hygiene instruction that they may not have heard before.

My mentor is: my aunt Patti, she was the first female to go to college in our family. She helped me get through college and pushed me to pursue my goal of becoming an RDH.

My favorite oral hygiene aid: Tongue Scraper: it can help reduce bad breathe, stain and plaque build up. My favorite for all the coffee and wine drinkers.