Step into Freshness
We all know that radiant smile starts with a healthy set of teeth, and that’s where dental hygienists work their magic. Let’s take a glimpse into a typical cleaning session led by these oral care experts at Erbsville Dental in Waterloo, Ontario.
Greeting and Assessment
After your initial welcome by Erbsville administration staff, you’re warmly greeted by the dental hygienist. They begin by discussing your oral health history, any concerns you might have, and recent changes in your health. This helps them tailor the cleaning process to your specific needs.
Before diving into the cleaning process, the dental hygienist performs a comprehensive examination of your mouth. They use tools like a small mirror and a probe to check for any signs of inflammation, cavities, or other oral issues. This initial assessment guides them in creating a personalized cleaning plan.
Usually, X-rays are done once each year to get a clear view of any changes in your mouth. Erbsville Dental uses digital X-ray that is both safe and very clear. Usually, your hygienist will take the X-ray images, but at times a dental assistant might do this. A heavy lead lined vest will provide a barrier so that your exposure is minimized and precisely targeted. The whole process takes only a few minutes.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
The hygienist uses specialized tools to gently and skillfully remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This process, called scaling, helps prevent gum disease and cavities. They focus on all tooth surfaces, even those hard-to-reach spots between your teeth and along the gumline. Hygienists at Erbsville Dental have two options for scaling, ultrasonic scaling (which uses high pressure water), or manual scaling depending on your preference and needs.
To remove surface stains and further eliminate plaque, the hygienist might use an air polishing device. This device sprays a mix of air, water, and a mild abrasive powder to gently scrub away stains and residue, leaving your teeth looking brighter and cleaner.
After scaling and air polishing, it’s time for a thorough flossing. The hygienist skillfully navigates between each tooth, ensuring all debris and particles are removed from those tight spaces.
To fortify your teeth against decay, a fluoride treatment is often applied. This liquid or gel is applied to your teeth for a short period. It helps to re-mineralize your enamel, making your teeth more resilient to acid attacks and decay.
Oral Health Tips
As the cleaning wraps up, the dental hygienist shares personalized oral care advice. They might discuss brushing techniques, recommend specific oral care products, and provide guidance on maintaining a healthy smile at home.
Consultation with Your Dentist
In many cases, the hygienist will consult with your dentist after the cleaning. They discuss any findings, highlight areas of concern, and collaborate on a comprehensive treatment plan if further dental work is needed. Dr. Mathews takes a personal interest in all his clients and will personally check any areas of concern after the hygienist is done.
Scheduling Future Appointments
To ensure your oral health remains in top-notch condition, Erbsville Dental admin staff helps you schedule your next cleaning appointment, usually before you leave. Regular visits are crucial for preventing dental issues and maintaining that dazzling smile.
Leaving the dental office after a thorough cleaning by a dental hygienist gives you more than just a clean feeling—it gives you the confidence of knowing you’re taking proactive steps to safeguard your oral health for years to come. So, keep smiling and make those cleaning appointments a priority!