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Dental Hygiene

Our Dental Hygienists strive to exceed your expectations by providing on-time, comfortable dental hygiene appointments. It is also their goal to take the extra time to educate you about your oral health. During your hygiene appointment, we encourage you to ask many questions so we can inform you of your oral health. Our hygiene team prides themselves on following up on your questions or any product information requests about how to best care for your family’s dental health.

Dental hygiene is the practice of maintaining good oral health to avoid dental problems like cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. It involves daily habits like brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to a dental professional for cleanings and check-ups. Let's look at the advantages of dental hygiene, its processes involved, maintenance tips, and why regular appointments with your dental hygienist are so important.

Benefits of Dental Hygiene

Maintaining good dental hygiene has numerous advantages:

In-house dental hygiene appointments consist of several steps:

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At a dental hygiene appointment with a hygienist, several things typically take place. Although specific procedures may differ depending on the practice and individual needs of the patient, here are some of the most frequent events that take place:

  1. Review of Medical History and Oral Health: Before starting any procedures, the hygienist will review the patient's medical history and inquire about any oral health concerns or issues they may be experiencing.
  2. Exam of Teeth and Gums: The hygienist will then examine the patient's teeth and gums for signs of decay, gum disease, or other oral health concerns.
  3. Scaling and Cleaning: The hygienist uses special instruments to remove plaque and tartar buildup from teeth, especially in hard-to-reach places that cannot be reached with regular brushing and flossing. This process is known as scaling and cleaning, and it plays an integral role in maintaining good oral health.
  4. Polishing: Once the teeth have been cleaned, the hygienist will polish them using a special polishing paste and rotary brush. This helps remove surface stains and leaves your smile looking polished and glossy.
  5. Flossing: The hygienist will floss the patient's teeth to remove any leftover debris or plaque buildup between teeth.
  6. Fluoride Treatment: The hygienist may apply a fluoride treatment to the patient's teeth, which helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities.
  7. Oral Health Education: Finally, the hygienist will offer patients instruction on proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as tips for maintaining good oral hygiene at home. They may also suggest certain dental products like toothbrushes, floss, or mouthwash that can further promote good oral health.

Overall, dental hygiene appointments with a hygienist are designed to promote good oral health, prevent dental problems, and educate patients on how to care for their teeth and gums at home. It's an integral part of comprehensive dental care plans and should be scheduled regularly in order to keep teeth and gums healthy.

At-home dental hygiene is just as important as a dental clinic visit.

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Here's a list of things you can do at home to help keep your smile its brightest:

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