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What Occurs During A Teeth Cleaning?

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Dr. Gore describes the process a patient will undergo when she arrrives at the dentist for a teeth cleaning.

Dr. Gore:
When patients come to dental office and they’re visiting their dental hygienist one of the things that they should come to expect is that the dental hygienist will take, what we call radiographs, decay-detecting type of x-rays. The patient should have that done so that dentist can evaluate if there is any decay process starting.

Another thing that the hygienist should do is do what we call periodontal probing or doing an evaluation of the bone support of the teeth so the patient can identify or be identified if there are any gum infection problems, periodontal disease problems going on, and the hygienist should also be doing either hand scaling or some type of cleaning of the tooth itself through the use of instrumentation or ultrasonic type devices and then polishing the teeth afterwards.

Another thing the hygienist should do is certainly show a person how to floss her teeth appropriately and the hygienist should educate the patient on the most appropriate ways to do their own oral hygiene practice at home so that it is team work. It’s those of us in the office helping you and teaching you how to help yourself at home as well.

About Dr. Rod Gore, D.D.S.:
Scottsdale dentist Dr. Rod Gore is a Northwestern University graduate and has been in practice for 14 years. He is one of 210 dentists worldwide to receive accreditation status with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 1995. He is committed to advancing his education to provide the latest techniques and technology to Scottsdale Dentistry patients.

Visit Dr. Gore at his website

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