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how much do your dental hygienists do for periodontal practice?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 17 years experience
Lots and lots: Most dental practices that have a periodontal component rely very heavily on the dental hygienists. Routine maintenance and monitoring of periodontal health should be coordinated between your dental hygienist and dentist.
Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
Invaluable: I could not/would not practice without hygienists. I could not see/care for all my patients without their support. They examine, clean, teach and motivate our patients. I still examine everyone, but they might see something in their 1 hour that i might miss in my 5-10 minutes.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
Periodontics 24 years experience
Quite alot: In our periodontal practice, our hygienists spend a good deal of time with you and know your mouth the best. They are active in discussing the conditions they see and the consequences of those conditions, they help identify oral hygiene needs, work with you on your home care, and communicate with the periodontist about what they see.

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How do I care for my baby's new teeth?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Brush daily: Once your baby has teeth it is important to brush them daily. You don't need to use toothpaste, a washcloth will do. Also, never put your baby to bed with a bottle as this will cause tooth decay and cavities.
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Which teeth come in first?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Lower two front ones: Typically the front lower two teeth come in first, followed by the upper two front teeth. Then the ones on either side of the lower front ones, again followed by the ones on either side of the upper front ones. Teeth typically erupt in pairs, with the lower coming in before the upper.
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Why should I care for my baby's teeth?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Not all teeth...: ...Just the ones you don't want to rot and crumble. Even milk teeth can decay to the point of causing infections in the jaw and damage to permanent tooth buds.
Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 28 years experience
Baby teeth provide room for permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is badly decayed, the permanent tooth can come in with decay. This is known as Turner's tooth.
Aug 14, 2013
Dr. Leon F. Gerard
Dentistry 39 years experience
You only have to take care of the teeth you want to keep
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Dr. Reena Gupta
Dr. Reena Gupta commented
Dentistry 19 years experience
baby teeth if decayed can cause problems with erruption of permanent,also decayed teeth can cause infections ands can affect the whole body if it starts forming abscesses..so should take care of baby teeth..also dont want baby to have pain!
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's a cheap fix for my yellow teeth?

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Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dentistry 32 years experience
Payment plan: Any otc system will proabably be a waste of money. A professionally made tray & system may be able to painlessly whiten your teeth, and many dentists offer payment plans to allow you to make small monthly payments & get the smile of your dreams..
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do you know when your wisdom teeth are growing into your moth?

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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
Can see sometimes: Your gums may get red, swollen and sore. You may be able to see a new tooth. The only way to know for sure is to see a dentist.

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