Dental Hygiene Session

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Our dental hygienists at Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic are specially trained, licensed practitioners whose core focus is to carry out preventative dental care. Our dental hygienists will examine your mouth for signs of oral diseases and carry out prophylactic treatments to help stop or prevent progression of gum diseases.

Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned by a hygienist?

There are hard-to-reach areas that we can’t clean thoroughly when we brush our teeth. Once plaque builds up and hardens into calculus (tartar), brushing alone can’t remove it. Our hygienists use special instruments to meticulously remove the buildup of hard deposits of calculus on your teeth. After your cleaning, they will show you how to remove soft plaque by yourself to help prevent the buildup of tartar.

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What is plaque?

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that forms on your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque feeds off sugars in food and drink that we take and produce acids that dissolve and break down the enamel of the teeth. When you don’t clean your teeth properly, the plaque eventually hardens into calculus which makes it even more difficult to clean your teeth. The buildup of plaque will cause gingivitis, a condition where gums become tender, swollen and bleed easily. Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal or gum disease.

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How often should I visit my dental hygienist?

To help prevent dental diseases, it is recommended that children and adults have their teeth professionally cleaned every six months. However, heavy smokers, diabetics and patients with severe gum diseases may be advised to visit their dental hygienist more often for optimum preventative care.

What happens on your first dental hygiene appointment?

After your medical history is reviewed, you and your hygienist will discuss any concerns before the cleaning begins. A head and neck exam is performed to check for inflammation. Gingival health is evaluated and will determine whether you need a comprehensive cleaning, a debridement or a deep cleaning (root planning). During the cleaning, your hygienist will use ultrasonic scaling, hand scaling, flossing, polish and airflow.

What is the difference between debridement and root planning?

Debridement is the removal of heavy, hard calculus (tartar). Root planning is cleaning between the gum and the teeth, down to the root surface (pocket).

Why do other patients require root planning?

Root planning or deep cleaning is required when a patient has deep pockets (space between gums and teeth) and harmful bacteria and calculus build up on their root surfaces, causing periodontal (gum) disease. Sometimes, local anesthesia is given before the deep cleaning.

Will I get fluoride application after my hygiene visit?

Not everyone requires fluoride treatment. Your hygienist will assess you and apply fluoride as necessary.

How often should I see my dental hygienist?

It is recommended that you get dental cleaning every six months. Patients who are highly prone to periodontal disease may be advised to see their hygienists more frequently.

Our team at Dr. Michael's Dental Clinic in Dubai focuses on examining patients for signs of oral diseases and carrying out professional teeth cleaning to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.

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