October is National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month when we celebrate everything dental hygienists do for patients! It’s also a great time to remind everyone about good oral care habits for healthy mouths.

Healthy oral care habits

The American Dental Association and our dentists recommend the following oral care habits:

  • Brush your teeth 2-3 times per day for 2 minutes each time you brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

  • Floss your teeth 1-2 times per day to remove plaque and particles between the teeth.

  • Schedule your teeth cleaning and oral exam appointment two times per year (once every six months).

Additionally, try to:

  • Limit your sugar intake, including sugary foods and beverages.

  • After eating and drinking sugary beverages, chew sugarless gum for 20 minutes to help prevent tooth decay (aka cavities). The increased saliva when chewing gum helps remove bacteria and plaque.

(Source: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/ada-october-is-national-dental-hygiene-month)

What happens at your teeth cleaning appointment?

Teeth cleaning appointments are very important for healthy mouths. The hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth during the appointment.

You’ll also have the opportunity to speak with the dentist about any dental issues you’re experiencing.

If you or your family members have any questions about oral care habits, such as proper brushing and flossing techniques, your 6-month appointment is a great time to ask. The hygienist can teach you the best ways to care for your teeth and gums at home.

He or she can also make recommendations for the best products to use, such as sensitivity toothpaste for those who have sensitive teeth or gums.

Also, x-rays will be taken at your appointment, when needed, to make sure your teeth and gums remain healthy.

Ready to schedule your teeth cleaning appointment?

If you need a teeth cleaning appointment and are located near Marietta, GA, call Shining Smiles Family Dentistry today.

Also, be sure to visit our website often to check our dental services specials.

We look forward to meeting you..and in the meantime, check out some of our patient reviews who mention the hygienists at Shining Smiles:


Professionalism at its best!!!   I’ve been seeing Dr. Mohip-Chahwala since she started at the practice and I can honestly say that I can’t imagine going anywhere else for dental work. Her professionalism and attention to what’s important to me and my dental health keeps me coming back.  Her assistants and hygienists are always top notch! I can’t image going anywhere else for my dental needs.

– Leslie Clark


Dr. Mohip-Chahwala and her staff are wonderful and take great care of you! I have a crazy work schedule and they’re always willing to work with me to get me in and out

– Lee Fudger


This Dentist and her amazing staff set the bar where it needs to be for the patient / customer experience! It’s so nice to be treated by people who care about true quality of work.

– Steven Smith


They always do an excellent job. The hygenist and doc are always caring and pleasant.

– Teddy