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Can dental hygienist cause damage?

Can dental hygienist cause damage?

Very Unlikely: It is very unlikely that a Dental Hygienist will cause any damage to the teeth and surrounding gum tissue. A patient may experience some discomfort if they do not have good home care and their gum tissue is inflamed prior to their dental visit. It is important to see your hygienist every 3-6 months to maintain a healthy oral environment.

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Dental professional that focuses on prevention and treatment of gum disease. They can also aid the dentist in co-diagnosing multiple ...Read more


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What number of years to become a dental hygienist?

What number of years to become a dental hygienist?

2-4 years: The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for a dental hygienist to grow by 38 percent until 2020. There is a 2-year certificate or associate's program with a technical school and 4-year bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene. In any case you are in the right place at the right time. Good luck.

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What do you suggest if my dental hygienist does not do certain things, what should I do?

What do you suggest if my dental hygienist does not do certain things, what should I do?

More info needed...: If we knew what it was that your hygienist did not do, we could give you some guidance. But since that is currently unknown, the advice is to repost your question with more information.

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What do you advise if I'm trying to pursue a career of being a dental hygienist, about how many years of education is required?

2-4 years : The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for a dental hygienist to grow by 38 percent until 2020. There is a 2-year certificate or associate's program with a technical school and 4-year bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene. In any case you are in the right place at the right time. Good luck.

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Dental hygienist dropped my crown on the floor and then took it to the back to clean. Should I have asked for a new one? Does this happen?

Dental hygienist dropped my crown on the floor and then took it to the back to clean. Should I have asked for a new one? Does this happen?

Sterility: What you describe occurs occasionally as accidents do happen. The trouble and cost of a new crown is totally unnecessary as there are proper methods to clean and sterilize the crown before placing it back in your mouth.

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My experienced dental hygienist uses magnifying loupes but takes 60 minutes to do each of my quarterly perio cleanings. Usual range of time?

My experienced dental hygienist uses magnifying loupes but takes 60 minutes to do each of my quarterly perio cleanings. Usual range of time?

Unusually good.: Consider yourself very fortunate that you have such a diligent and conscientious dental hygienist. She has become "familiar" with the root surfaces of your teeth and is taking her time and skill to visualize contamination below the gum line and remove it for you.

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Can a dental hygienist perform anesthesia?

Can a dental hygienist perform anesthesia?

Depends: Depends on the state and its regulations some states allow hygienists to administer local anesthetic.

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How do dental hygienist and orthodontist differ?

How do dental hygienist and orthodontist differ?

Very different: Hygienists clean teeth. Orthodontists straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites. Career wise, an orthodontist requires about 5 more years of training than a hygienist, but also typically makes a much more substantial income. One is a doctor, the other is not.

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I went to dental hygienist and my teeth are not whiter afterwards, is this normal to have happen?

I went to dental hygienist and my teeth are not whiter afterwards, is this normal to have happen?

If you had a : Dental cleaning that doesn't mean that your teeth should be whiter. Did you pay extra to have a whitening treatment?

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Can you tell me how I could connect knowledge from the anatomy to being a dental hygienist?

Can you tell me how I could connect knowledge from the anatomy to being a dental hygienist?

Important: The knowledge of head and neck anatomy is required by most dental hygiene programs. Not only tooth types and shapes must be known but the tissues, muscles, glands, ligaments, tendons, bones, and joints are all a balanced system supporting each other. The dental hygienist not only cleans the tartar but examines the mouth for the normal and abnormal. They are valuable staff member if the dental team

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How does a periodontist differ from a dental hygienist?

How does a periodontist differ from a dental hygienist?

Responsibility: A periodontist is resposible for the diagnosis, treatment, and analyzing the outcome of therapy. The hygienist is a crafty technician who helps the periodontist/dentist in carry out a part of the periodontal therapy, specifically the charting and the debridement. A periodontist will oversee and carry out any surgical procedures...

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Might dental hygienist use a dental drill?

Might dental hygienist use a dental drill?

Dental hygienist: Dental hygienist or dental assistants are not allowe to use a high speed hand piece inside patients mouth. If you are referring to the ultrasonic hygiene cleaning instrument, they are allowed to use that. I hope that answers your question.

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Is the first step of a dental hygienist's cleaning the probing of teeth pockets?

Is the first step of a dental hygienist's cleaning the probing of teeth pockets?

Periodontal exam: A complete dental exam should include evaluation of one's periodontal health. Periodontal probing is normally part of that comprehensive evaluation. It's often unnecessary to probe children's pockets when it is visually apparent that they have excellent gingival health. As they get older, it becomes more of the necessary routine. If recently probed, a hyg need not probe first.

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What is the difference between dentist and dental hygienist?

What is the difference between dentist and dental hygienist?

Privileges: The difference in the amount of education affords each a set of privileges, determined by the state in which they are licensed. For the most part, a hygienist practices under the direct supervision of a dentist. Use your favorite search engine to research exactly what each does in maintaining and restoring your oral health.

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How does a general dentist differ from a registered dental hygienist?

A LOT: It''s like asking how does a medical doctor differ from a nurse practitioner. Dental hygienists clean teeth, and do a limited amount of deep cleaning (root planing and subgingival curretage). Dentists do everything else that has to do with teeth and the oral cavity. If you are asking about just a cleaning, i would probably want to see an rdh, while for everything else, i would want to see a dentis.

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Dental experts! what is the difference between dental hygienist & orthodontic assistant?

Dental experts! what is the difference between dental hygienist & orthodontic assistant?

See below: A hygienist is trained to clean teeth. An assistant is trained to aid the dr in his/her treatment of the patient.

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Might a dental hygienist drill your teeth or give you fillings?

Might a dental hygienist drill your teeth or give you fillings?

No: Some states have developed new mid level providers who can remove cavities and place fillings. These pilot programs have usually attracted former dental hygienists into their program. As a general rule hygienists can't drill a tooth or place a filling without additional certifcation and working in a state that permits this type of care.

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