All patients need to visit the dental hygienist regularly, whether it be three months, four months, or every six months. This is important because you need to keep the teeth clean and the gums healthy.
The hygienist usually starts an exam by checking the lymph nodes all along the lower jaw, behind the ears, and on the sides of the neck to see if any lymph nodes are swollen.
If there were some, it’s a sign of inflammation in the mouth. Having done that, the dental hygienist will start scaling with an ultrasonic scaler. This is the first step of the dental hygiene visit.
After that, she’ll go over all the teeth all the quadrants and remove the hard dental stone. Once the ultrasonic is done, she will use a hand scaler to go in between the teeth and the pockets. This is to make sure that no deposits are left there.
This is of great importance because otherwise, the full healing of the gums does not occur. Once the hand scaling is done, it’s followed by polishing all the mouth’s four quadrants: inside, outside, and across the bite surfaces with a polishing paste.
This not only cleans the surface of the teeth, it removes the superficial stains. Stains are caused by tobacco, coffee, tea, and the color particles in the food.
Once the polishing is done, the hygienist makes sure to check with the dental floss that there’s nothing left between the teeth – no dental stone or deposits and also make sure that there are no fillings that have an excess obstructing the foss to be used properly between the teeth.
Once she’s used to floss, she will go over with a profijet. This is like a spray that cleans all the stains that could have been left after the polishing paste has been used. It reaches into all the deep fissures and spots on the teeth.
Once the fall cleaning and the hygiene visit are about to be complete, she will just check for the beautiful color of the teeth.