It’s FALL in ARKANSAS ya’ll! That means the holiday season is just around the corner but here in our office, the celebrations start now. October is National Dental Hygiene Month! The American Dental Hygienists Association sponsors the event to recognize the hard work and dedication of dental hygienists everywhere. And there is none better than our Marlene!
Marlene has been a registered dental hygienist for 29 years and a member of our team since 2014. She has developed a strong and lasting relationship with so many of our patients. She and Dr. Hodous share the same passion about their patient’s dental health and hygiene.
What Does Marlene Do?
Marlene and other dental hygienists are often the first line of defense for a patient in regards to their oral hygiene. Their main responsibilities revolve around the prevention of many dental concerns including cavities and gum disease. Besides providing patients with a thorough cleaning at every appointment, they also help educate patients on oral hygiene and answer any concerns patients may have.
Marlene loves to talk about oral hygiene!
If you want tips on how to maintain a healthy mouth, Marlene is your gal! She and other hygienists will share proper brushing and flossing techniques, whether mouthwash may be beneficial, and other tricks to help keep teeth problem and cavity-free.
Here are some of her favorite tips!
BRUSH twice a day and after meals when you can. She recommends a minimum of two minutes at each brushing and suggests using gentle circles with the brush held at a 45 degree angle. This will remove bacteria and plaque from teeth without causing damage.
FLOSS everyday! Don’t wait until you have that annoying piece of food stuck between our teeth. Even if you are brushing regularly but not flossing, then you are missing about 35% of your teeth’s surface. Make sure to gently wiggle floss between each tooth and up under the gums.
CHOOSE your food and drinks carefully! Certain foods are linked to higher levels of cavity-causing bacteria. Decay occurs when sugars combine with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. The foods you choose can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums too!
We think dental hygienists ROCK! So the next time you are in our office, be sure to thank Marlene. And don’t forget to practice good at-home oral hygiene and keep your six-month cleaning appointment.
Wishing you the healthiest and most beautiful SMILE…