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How can I ask my dental hygienist not to use the ultrasonic scaler?

How can I ask my dental hygienist not to use the ultrasonic scaler?

Just do it. : Although ultrasonic scalers work really well when used properly they are not necessary to do a good cleaning. If your teeth or hearing is too sensitive to this type of scaler there is no reason your hygienist can't accommodate your request to do it by hand. ...Read more

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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 to do if I do not want my dental hygienist to use the ultrasonic scaler?

Combo is the best: Your concern is not uncommon. Hand scaling instruments produce smoother root surfaces compared to ultrasonic scaling, but they don't reduce inflammation, a primary goal of periodontal cleaning and prophylaxis. According to evidence-based dentistry the combined use of ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments will give you the best results. Of course you can always request the manual scaling only ...Read more

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Can dental hygienist cause damage?

Can dental hygienist cause damage?

Usually no: Dental hygienist are trained to remove tartar from your teeth and give local anesthesia, where side effects can occur. Teeth can be sensitive after they are cleaned, and a desensitizing tooth paste may be needed. Occasionally they may pull a loose filling out , which needs replacing, while they are scaling your teeth. Ask to see the dentist after your cleaning if you think something happened. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can a dental hygienist perform anesthesia?

Can a dental hygienist perform anesthesia?

State choice: States get to choose whether hygienists are allowed to inject anesthesia. All are allowed to place anesthesia in a topical fashion including blunt needles between the tooth and gum. If a hygienist is also a licensed dentist then she can place anesthesia. Check your local state board of dentistry for more specifics. ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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