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

TJ8C3112I live in: El Segundo.

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.