Dental cleaning

Dental cleaning

Professional cleaning

Professional cleaning is a necessary complement to your own oral hygiene care at home, including brushing and flossing. The purpose of this procedure is to:

  • Smooth and clean the surfaces of your teeth and fillings
  • Remove tartar and plaque that can cause gum disease
  • Reduce staining of your teeth

Even if you maintain good oral hygiene, it is important to visit the dentist regularly for a thorough cleaning.

Dental cleaning

Dental cleaning (also called prophylaxis) is one of the acts performed by dental hygienists. These oral health care professionals have the skills, know-how and authorization to carry out prophylaxis autonomously, i.e. without the presence of a dentist.

Connection with your hygienist

The relationship with your hygienist is important because you will spend the majority of your dental cleaning appointment with him or her. Before even starting the cleaning, your hygienist will take the time to talk with you in order to:

  • Create a relationship of trust;
  • Assess your stress level;
  • Learn about your predispositions (e.g.: fear, financial restrictions, previous traumatic experience, etc.);
  • Know your needs and goals (e.g.: to get functional prostheses, a more aesthetically pleasing mouth, etc.).

Many suffer from anxiety or fear when it comes to dental care. You can be confident, the hygienist will always listen to your needs and be reassuring.

Your dental hygienist will provide you with all the information about your situation and the recommended treatments and possible alternatives.

Your dental hygienist understands you

The hygienist knows you well and will often be able to act as a link between you and your dentist.

Here are two examples that illustrate this link:

  • During a dental cleaning appointment, a new patient tells the hygienist that he considers his dental health to be very important, but that his budget is limited. When the dentist proceeds to the examination, he discovers a very advanced tooth decay and two solutions are possible: a root canal treatment or tooth extraction. As root canal treatment has a significantly higher cost than the extraction, the patient will be inclined to choose the extraction. However, the hygienist understands that the decision of the patient is probably based on a temporary financial condition and may notify the dentist. The latter can then inform the patient that a root canal is done in several steps and that the installation of the crown can be slightly delayed so that the payment of the treatments could be spread over a longer period of time.  This will allow the patient to keep his tooth while respecting his financial condition.
  • The hygienist knows that her patient dreads anesthesia. The hygienist therefore notifies the dentist who may, when providing some treatments, prescribe a sedative to the patient before the anesthesia.

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