Dental Hygienist Q&A



This week is National Dental Hygienist Week! We asked you tell us your questions you’d like to ask our hygienist. Kim and Angie (our hygienists) have taken the time to answer some questions, here they are below!


Q: How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

A: Typically you should get your teeth cleaned every 6 months but that just depends what type of cleaning you need. For periodontal and gum disease patients we see them more frequently, every 3-4 months due the more intense cleaning they need.


Q: Why do my teeth bleed during my cleaning?

A: It is actually your gum tissue bleeding, not your teeth. This is caused from not brushing properly or flossing daily. Be sure when you’re brushing that you are also brushing your gums!


Q: How do I get rid of bad breath?

A: Different things can cause bad breath. Usually it is that you’re not brushing your tongue or you’re not flossing/brushing properly therefore plaque is sitting on your teeth. Also sinus drainage can be a factor in bad breath, especially this time of year.


Q: When should kids start brushing at home and when should they go to the dentist?

A: We recommend you start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear and this is usually around 5-8months. We recommend you use a soft toothbrush or a wet cloth, just to get the plaque off.  We would like to see your child around one year. This is to get them acclimated with our office and team members. We also use this time to educate the parent on the correct oral hygiene for your child!


Q: Where did you go to hygiene school and would you recommend it?

A: Our hygienist Angie and Kim went to CPCC – Central Piedmont Community College.  They both recommend CPCC to be a great dental hygiene school!


We appreciate your participation and questions! Please let us know if you ever have any questions regarding your dental health!