A hygiene appointment is not just a cleaning. Just as an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the best oral health investment you can make is a regular appointment with one of our highly skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated dental hygienists.
Dr. Baird and staff are specially trained in preventive dental care. They are here to help you achieve and maintain good oral health. Once you have completed any dental care, from simple fillings or crowns, to implants and cosmetic dentistry, the hygienist will help you maintain the new restorations for years and years to come.
We are proud to say our hygienist graduated at the top of her class during their professional education. She, like everyone in our practice, is dedicated to continuing education at the highest level.
Our hygienist spends up to a full hour with each patient ensuring the most comprehensive and thorough cleaning and examination possible. During every appointment with the hygienist, the patient is also examined by a doctor.
What does our hygienist do during your visit?
- Review and assess your overall health history, during the first visit, to determine if there are any existing medical conditions that could have an impact on your treatment
- Assess, at each subsequent visit, your overall oral health and note any changes
- Screen for oral cancer using state of the art screening methods and equipment (Learn More)
- Look for problems, including cavities and gum disease that can be treated before they become much more serious
- Screen for oral symptoms of other serious illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes
- Teach, review and reinforce the techniques of good oral hygiene, including effective brushing and flossing
- Take digital x-rays
- Remove hard and soft deposits (calculus and plaque – which contains bacteria) both below and above the gum line
- Polish teeth
- Apply cavity-preventative agents, including fluorides wherever needed
- Apply, when indicated, an antibacterial medication (Arestin), which is placed directly beneath the gums of certain patients, to help slow the deterioration of the bone and soft tissues associated with periodontal disease
- Apply special desensitizing liquids to sensitive teeth
- Counsel on the link between diet and nutrition and oral health
- Work with you to develop a personalized oral health plan
- Summing up the benefits of regular visits to a hygienist for checkups and cleanings:
- Many conditions are detected and treated before they can become unpleasant, time-consuming, costly and potentially dangerous problems
- Studies show that patients who see their hygienist on a scheduled basis are more likely to have healthier bone and gums and to keep their teeth significantly longer.
- Poor oral health can affect your ability to properly chew and digest your food, leading to serious nutritional and systemic problems.
- Poor oral health can affect your appearance and your self-esteem.
- Poor oral health can have serious implications on your general health and well being
We believe our dental hygienist plays an essential role in our patients’ oral health and well-being, and our patients agree.