Your dental hygienist will begin reviewing your medical history, following with asking questions regarding any medications you routinely take, any allergies or illnesses you may have, and past surgeries. Since general health has a close link with your dental health, your hygienist will ask you further questions regarding your general health.
Phase two will include questions regarding your dental health; how frequently you visit your dentist, any treatment you have undergone, and when you have your last check-up. A dental hygienist examines the state of your gums.
Phase three is when the hygienist:
- Uses a measuring probe to measure the space between the gums and teeth, resulting from gums recession.
- Checks for bleeding gums.
- Looks around your teeth to spot places where bacteria has built up, and deep cleaning has become necessary.
- If necessary, the hygienist will scale and clean your teeth, involve removing plaque and tartar, and polishing your teeth.
- Refer you to other dental specialists and practitioners.
At the end of your visit, your dental hygienist will inform you of the steps you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy; how you should brush properly, the benefits of flossing, how to use mouthwash, and what type of toothpaste is best for you. Your hygienist will also inform you when you should have your next appointment.
Doing what your hygienist says is vital for healthy gums unless you want to start using dentures in your early forties. If you still haven’t seen a dental hygienist, start today. The sooner you start, the better it will be for your periodontal health.
If you’re concerned about your oral health, contact Porter Smiles Dental. Our dental hygienists are happy to help you achieve healthier oral health. Call us at 281 519 7200 to schedule your appointment.