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During a dental appointment, our hygienists typically remove soft and hard deposits from the patient's teeth; examines the gums and teeth to discern the presence of disease or oral abnormality; and strips the teeth of calculus (tartar), stains and plaque. A dental hygienist often performs root planing (a type of periodontal therapy), takes x-rays and applies cavity-deterring agents (fluoride or sealants).
Our dental hygienists help educate patients on how to establish and maintain suitable oral hygiene, often with the aid of teeth models to give the patient a visual sense. Your hygienist will leave you with a good understanding of proper brushing habits and the relationship between diet and oral health.
Chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks can help rinse harmful acid off your teeth to help you preserve tooth enamel. Research indicates that xylitol most likely inhibits the growth of oral bacteria that cause cavities.Read more tips
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