At Monterey Dental Centre, located in NE Calgary, 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.
Why are Regular Dental Hygiene Appointments Important?
A dental treatment plan begins with a thorough examination by one of our dentists. Your examination will include an oral cancer screening and a detailed evaluation of the current oral health including your teeth, gums, and the surrounding tissue. At Monterey Dental Centre, we use digital x-rays, periodontal probing, and intra-oral photography to determine your current dental health and provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that is prioritized to best treat any existing conditions based on our findings.
What Is Tooth Decay?
What Happens at a Dental Hygiene Appointment?
When you visit Monterey Dental Centre, there is a lot to accomplish in a regular dental hygiene appointment.
The major activity performed by the dental hygienist is to clean your teeth both above the gum line, also known as scaling and below the gum-line, which is known as root planing. We use both traditional hand scalers and ultrasonic scaling tools (that use super-fast vibrations) to remove deposits depending on your scaling & root planing needs.
As well as cleaning your teeth above and below the gum-line, your Monterey Dental Hygienist will perform a number of important oral health checks at your hygiene appointment, including:
- a complete periodontal assessment
- checking for any gum recession
- checking for the presence of gingivitis
- polishing your teeth to remove any surface stain
- fluoride treatment (if chosen) to help prevent cavities from forming and harden enamel in areas that may be weak
- an extra-oral exam at least once a year to check the head, neck and jaw areas for confirmation of health
- an intra-oral exam to check the gum tissues, tongue, and lips for confirmation of health
- digital x-rays (when needed)
You’ll also have an exam completed by your dentist and have a chance to ask any questions you might have.
What is Hygiene Therapy?
Our dental hygiene program follows a strict standard of care to record, assess, and evaluate your oral health condition at every visit. Working with your dental hygienist, your individual hygiene treatment plan is coordinated to best treat and monitor the health of your teeth and gums. We offer our patients Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) to eliminate bacteria in the mouth in order to create a fresh environment around your teeth and gums. We also reserve your dental hygiene visits in advance, to best fit your schedule.
How Often Should I Have a Dental Hygiene Visit?
How often you need to visit Monterey Dental Centre for a hygiene visit depends on several factors. Are your teeth susceptible to excess accumulation of plaque and calculus? Do you have crowded teeth, fillings or missing teeth? These are all cases which can lead to increased plaque buildup and require more frequent visits.
Our dental team knows that each patient will require a different dental hygiene schedule. While most people come in for dental hygiene appointments every 6 months, some people may benefit by coming in every 3-4 months, while others might only require a hygiene appointment every 9 or even every 12 months.
Our dental hygienists at Monterey Dental Centre will be happy to advise you how often you should have a dental cleaning based on your specific individual needs.
Minimizing Sensitivity during Dental Hygiene Treatments
If you have experienced sensitivity in your teeth from past hygiene appointments, taking ibuprofen in advance of your hygiene appointment can help alleviate this. If you are experiencing heightened sensitivity then dental freezing may also be an option that needs to be discussed in order to deal with your discomfort issues.
We’re here to help you achieve your family’s oral health goals, all in the most comfortable way possible. So no matter where your dental health is at now, it is always a good time to start on the path to establishing good dental health habits. Booking a dental hygiene appointment at Monterey Dental Centre is the first step along that path.
Monterey Dental Centre has a team of caring gentle dentists and dental hygienists whose mission is to help you achieve your oral health goals.
Please contact us today to book a dental hygiene appointment. Our team is looking forward to answering your dental hygiene questions and to helping you and your family with all of your dental health needs.