Your trip to the dentist shouldn’t only be for emergencies. Routine checkups by the dental hygienist are important as well. Not only does your hygienist keep your smile clean and bright, they also check for issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues that may occur. 

Your trip to the dentist shouldn’t only be for emergencies. Routine checkups by the dental hygienist are important as well. Not only does your hygienist keep your smile clean and bright, they also check for issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues that may occur.  

 At the beginning of your appointment, your Dental hygienist carefully inspects each tooth to ensure there is no damage or decay. They search between each tooth, front and back, and also check the gum line. Dental radiographs (x-rays) may be necessary to facilitate this process. Our office also employs an intra-oral camera to allow you to see your teeth up close, making it easy for you to see and understand your oral condition. The dental hygienist will then determine the health of your gums and discuss the results with you. The appropriate type of procedure is now determined to either maintain the health of your gums or bring them back to a healthy state! An Oral Cancer screening is also part of every visit…just to be safe. Our office uses a high-tech light to accomplish this screening as well as visual and tactile methods.

 

Once the physical exam is completed, an Ultrasonic scaler is used to remove plaque and tartar from around the gum line and between your teeth. This process can remove even the toughest deposits comfortably and safely. There are multiple things that you hygienist can do to keep you comfortable, including topical anesthetic gels and tooth desensitizers.


Once the removal of plaque and tartar deposits is complete, your hygienist will polish your teeth to remove stain and make them feel squeaky clean!! Finally, floss is used, and instructions given for homecare. The fluoride treatment is the last step in the cleaning process. This is used as a protectant to fight against cavities. This treatment should last you for several months. You and your hygienist will then determine the proper interval for you next visit. This interval can be anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months depending on your habits and health. At this point, any problem areas your hygienist has spotted will be noted and passed along to your dentist for further evaluation. 

 

Routine checkups give your dental hygienist the opportunity to compare your oral health from past and present visits. If there is an issue with your oral health, it can be addressed immediately in order to get you back on track with dental care. Dental hygienists are here to help you with care and tips to maintain a healthy smile.

 

Is it time to schedule your routine checkup? Please give our office a call at (772)286-1606 and a member from the Stuart Prosthetic Dentistryteam will be more than happy to assist you.