An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular cleaning appointments are recommended to maintain dental health, prevent gum disease, and identify potential areas of concern early.
What to expect during your dental hygiene appointment?
The dental hygienist will review and update your medical history with you including documenting any medications you are currently taking. This is an important step to ensure he/she is aware of any medical conditions you may have that could influence your dental hygiene care.
The next step is assessing the condition of the head and neck region, your teeth and oral tissues. This will include completing a head and neck exam to screen for oral cancer, checking the tissues in your mouth, assessing the health of the gums, and may also include taking your vital signs.
Your treatment will likely include scaling (debridement) to remove plaque and calculus from the tooth surfaces. This is done using powered instruments such as an ultrasonic instrument and/or hand instruments.
The dental hygienist may also share information with you related to brushing/flossing, risk of dental decay, smoking cessation, nutrition information, and/or the link between oral-systemic health based on your individual needs.
Some of your teeth may then be polished to remove any remaining stains and if needed, you may receive a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth, prevent decay, and/or decrease sensitivity.
Based on the condition of your teeth and gums, the dental hygienist will determine an appropriate ongoing care schedule and will identify any further matters relating to your individual oral health condition that need to be addressed.
During your visit, the dental hygienist will practice standard infection control protocols which include wearing gloves, a mask and eye protection as well as using sterile instruments and disinfecting all surfaces between patients.
When should I bring my child to the dentist?
We recommend the first dental visit to be within a year of the first tooth eruption, which normally occurs at around 1 year of age. This is to inform and demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques and strategies for your child and to get them comfortable with being in a dental office.
How long will my appointment be?
Dental cleaning appointments generally take between one and one and a half hours in total.
How early should I arrive?
If it is your first time to the office we ask that you come at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out any necessary paperwork. We ask that patients of record are punctual to their appointments.