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Hygienist (Overview)

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


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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. ...Read more

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Hygienist (Overview)

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


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Should periodontist, his hygienist, or regular dentists hygienist do cleaning for elder with bad plaque?

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Should periodontist, his hygienist, or regular dentists hygienist do cleaning for elder with bad plaque?

Either: Any of the three is better than no one. It is actually more important that elderly people who have trouble with home care be monitored by dental health professionals. Schedule more frequent cleanings if there is a total lack of home care. Bad plaque means that the patient is having a hard time cleaning and needs tutoring if capable. ...Read more

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Dental professionals, "transparent teeth"?

Dental professionals, "transparent teeth"?

Enamel: If you are referring to the edges of the front teeth being transparent, this is usually due to the natural transparency of enamel. Also, severely worn teeth can look transparent. ...Read more

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Will dental cleaning make my teeth whiter?

Will dental cleaning make my teeth whiter?

White Teeth: Dentists can make your teeth white after cleaning. You can gargle with h2o2 about a teaspoon for ten minutes after brushing your teeth. ...Read more

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Question about periodontal dental procedures. Should hygienist do them?

Question about periodontal dental procedures. Should hygienist do them?

Some: Some periodontal procedures are delegated to trained and licensed dental hygienists, this varies state by state. More advanced procedures must be handled by a dentist. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can dental sealants stick to dental fillings?

Can dental sealants stick to dental fillings?

Sometimes.: The materials used for dental sealants stick to tooth surface but won't stick to metal fillings. Some times dentists place dental sealants next to fillings to fill in any small gaps between the filling and the tooth's surface. ...Read more

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Dental cavity crown-re;ated?

Dental cavity crown-re;ated?

Indirectly, maybe: Question is too vague, but i'll address possibilities. If a crown is poorly designed with a gap in the fit on the tooth, a cavity could develop in gap. If cavity remains after tooth reduction for crown, it may continue to progress under crown. If a crown doesn't contact adjacent tooth well, food trap forms which creates a condition for a cavity to occur on adjacent tooth or at margin of crown. ...Read more

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Dental experts! what toothpastes/dental products strengthen tooth enamel?

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Dental experts! what toothpastes/dental products strengthen tooth enamel?

Several: Any tooth paste with fluoride make the tooth more resistant to the acids that cause decay. If you get a tooth paste that is designed with a calcium and fluoride combination you can get minor remineralization (hardening) of the tooth. Tooth paste such as Pronamel and Colgate Enamel Health can be good for this. Any tooth paste should not be too abrasive as this can wear enamel away. Hope this is h ...Read more

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Will regular toothpaste (not whitening toothpaste) whiten teeth?

Will regular toothpaste (not whitening toothpaste) whiten teeth?

No : Toothpaste is used mainly to prevent cavities/gingivitis or reduce tooth sensitivity. Regular toothpaste will not whiten teeth and neither will whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste is usually more abrasive and will remove surface stains on the outside of the tooth, but is not absorbed into the tooth to actually whiten your teeth. In other words, it may clean the teeth but not whiten. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Dental recommended mouthwashes?

Dental recommended mouthwashes?

Depends: I recommend smart mouth, and crest pro health for gingivitis. Listerine only for short term use due to alcohol content. Phosphlur is a good flouride rinse. ...Read more

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Is an ultrasonic dental deep cleaning (scaling, etc.) painful?

Is an ultrasonic dental deep cleaning (scaling, etc.) painful?

Scaling\Root Planing: Most patients have this done with local anesthesia and therefore feel nothing during the procedure. Some slight sensitivity of the teeth and slight soreness of the gums may be expected short term afterwards. ...Read more

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Can professional dental cleaning cure gingavitis?

Can professional dental cleaning cure gingavitis?

Yes but: Gingivitis can be addressed with a regular dental cleaning. However, the real prevention comes with routine home care that includes proper brushing 2x a day and flossing. For severe cases of gingivitis, you may consider a mouth wash to supplement your home care. A dentist will evaluate the severity of your gingivitis and help you create a plan for getting it all under control. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Will regular toothpaste whiten teeth?

Will regular toothpaste whiten teeth?

No: Toothpaste alone cannot whiten teeth, but it helps to remove any coloring stain, as well as keeping the stain from sticking and building up. If you already have teeth that are white enough for you, only occasional touch-up whitening and mostly brushing with toothpaste will keep the teeth white. If you want to have them whiter, it is best to have professionally formulated whitening at the dentist. ...Read more

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Do teeth with porcelain crowns still need deep tooth cleaning?

Do teeth with porcelain crowns still  need deep tooth cleaning?

Yes: A porcelain crown covers the exposed are of the tooth. A deep tooth cleaning goes beyond the crown and below the gum onto root surface. ...Read more

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Can a dental ultrasonic scaler hurt?

Can a dental ultrasonic scaler hurt?

Ultrasonic scalers: Most of my patients find ultrasonic scaling slightly uncomfortable and then only for some of their teeth. Some patients use nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia (sweet air) and with it are quite comfortable. A few request or require local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Is tooth calculus cleaning procedure done by dentist, totally safe?

Yes: Scaling and root planing is a safe procedure that can be performed by a dentist or hygienist. There should be no problems associated with this treatment. ...Read more

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