Guidelines before and after a dental hygienist
Many people come to the dental hygienist to remove stains from the teeth and improve the appearance of the smile, and are not even aware that the treatment is intended primarily to maintain the health of the mouth, teeth and maintain overall health.
Guidelines for before visiting a dental hygienist
How to prepare for a dental hygienist?
It is advisable to brush the teeth before arriving the clinic to remove food residue from the teeth and to refresh the smell of the mouth cavity.
What is important to know?
Many people come to the dental hygienist to remove stains from their teeth, and are not even aware that this treatment is primarily intended to remove scale, which is fertile ground for bacterial activity. The scale prevents the toothbrush from reaching between the gums and the tooth and thoroughly cleansing the area of the bacteria and removing it. The scale itself causes gingivitis, bleeding of teeth, and even bad breath. Another action done by a hygienist is removing plaque from the teeth to protect oral health and teeth.
Does it hurts?
There are different levels of sensitivity among patients – not only according to the pain threshold of each patient, but also depending on the condition of the teeth and gums. The more the root of the tooth is exposed, the more sensitive it may be during treatment. Women of childbearing age who visit a dental hygienist may feel stronger pain during menstruation due to increased hormonal activity. The solution? Ask the dental hygienist before starting treatment to apply an anesthetic substance on the teeth, which will significantly ease the pain for those who are over-sensitive.
Completion of treatment
In cases where you have not visited the dental hygienist for a long time, the amount of scale that has accumulated on the teeth may not be able to be removed on a single visit, and additional visits will be required to complete the treatment. In complex cases in which gingival pockets have been formed (an area in which the gum tissue has detached from the tooth and bone on which it protects and produces a gap of about 4 millimeters or more between the tooth and the gums), the bacteria that accumulate in the gum pocket secrete toxins that stick to the tooth. In these cases it will be recommended to perform roots grafting, mostly under local anesthesia, in which, apart from removing the scale and the bacterial layer, an external layer of the tooth root material soaked with toxins will also be removed.
Prior to treatment, the patient was required to fill out a short questionnaire regarding his / her medical condition and medical history. Some cases, such as history of cardiac meningitis and various surgeries, require antibiotics before the visit to the hygienist. Also cases of blood clotting or taking blood thinners require special attention. In any case of chronic illness or doubt, it is recommended to check this before you arrive at the clinic and to get to the dentist first and act according to his instructions.
What does a dental hygienist authorized to perform?
- Cleaning and brushing teeth.
- Descaling and other deposits from the teeth.
- Use of delayed release drugs within the gums according to a dentist prescription.
- Removing and polishing the excess cement from the crown, as well as polishing the reconstructions.
- Removal of stitches and bandages in the mouth.
- Using topical local anesthetic by applying a mouth spreading.
- Providing advice, guidance and education for oral and dental health. Therefore, it is recommended to use the toothbrush and the rest of the protective devices to check their suitability and receive comprehensive training.
Guidelines for after visiting a dental hygienist
In a situation where the root of the tooth is exposed and there is a lot of scale removed, there may be a feeling of discomfort or sensitivity after visiting the hygienist, as well as sensitivity to the cold. The removed scale revealed the root of the tooth, which is an area that transmits feelings to the tooth. In this case, toothpastes that reduce sensitivity or fluoride varnishes can be used on the exposed root. In cases where the sensitivity is in the gums themselves, it is also possible to perform oral rinses in salt water to relieve the sensitivity and swelling.
During the course of treatment, you will be advised to apply fluoride to your teeth to create a protective layer and prevent future sensitivity to temperature changes (hot / cold) and reduce the chance of tooth decay in the tooth. In this case, avoid eating and drinking for about an hour after treatment.
How to prevent scale formation?
Scale is caused by many parameters, including genetics, saliva and its acidity, nutrition and, of course, oral and dental hygiene. Scale formation cannot always be prevented, but it is possible to slow the formation process. Make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly and correctly twice a day, using dental floss to remove food residue between your teeth, all to prevent bacterial activity and bad breath.
How to prevent new spots from appearing?
You can try to avoid as much caffeine and nicotine as possible – that is, drinking coffee and tea and smoking cigarettes, which cause stains on the tooth.
When to get to the next visit?
Of course, the frequency of visits to a dental hygienist is determined according to the patient's dental condition, and each case is examined on its merits. When the teeth and mouth condition is normal, and there are no dental problems – it is recommended to visit the dental hygienist once every six months. If gum disease occurs – the recommendation is about three months.
It is important to know that a visit to a dental hygienist not only keeps your teeth and mouth healthy, but is essential for maintaining the health of your entire body. Our body is covered with protective tissue, such as skin and nails. The only place where the protective tissue is not sealed is the connection between the teeth and gums, so that bacteria can penetrate through that same connection, and through the bloodstream to reach additional areas of the body and cause many systemic diseases.
For any urther questions will gladly be at your service – the attending doctor, clinic manager or director of customer service at the clinic.
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