Dental Tips Blog

Jun
10

Who is Taking Care of You at the Dental Office?

Have you ever wondered what licenses or education the different members of your dental team have, and how it allows them to be qualified to be able to care for you when you’re visiting for your dental check-ups?

Assistants:

Licensed / Registered Dental Assistants are an important team member that works alongside of the dentist during patient care appointments. Every assistant has taken a state or national examination as well as formal technical training in order to be qualified for their job role. They set up for the treatment before you arrive, make sure the proper equipment is available, and keep the doctor running efficiently during their appointments. Assistants often have additional licenses including Nitrous Oxide monitoring, placing sealants, or coronal polishing. They may also be in charge of running the sterilization and radiology portions of the office. Because they work one-on-one with the dentist during patient care, they have a great understanding of the need and treatment process of different procedures.

Hygienists:

Registered Dental Hygienists are the people you see for dental cleaning appointments, or for periodontal treatments. Hygienists have a 4 or 2-year degree in dental hygiene from an accredited school as well as passing a national written board and a national clinical board. A hygienist may function under the supervision of a dentist on patients of record to provide preventive care and periodontal therapy. Most hygienists are focused on the preventive aspect of patient care, including placement of sealants, screening for periodontal disease, conducting oral cancer screenings, and nutritional counseling. In some states hygienists are allowed to administer local anesthesia.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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Apr
24

Teeth Cleaning

No matter how diligent you are at taking care care of your teeth outside the dentist’s office, harmful bacteria continue to grow in your mouth. While brushing and flossing are vital to maintaining oral health, only a dental professional can clean your mouth fully. Because so many health issues can stem from gum related problems, it is vital that you see your dentist at least once a year for an annual exam and a thorough dental cleaning

Because of the warm, moist environment of the mouth it is a hospitable place to harbor bacteria and allow it to grow and expand. Bacteria manifests itself in several ways within the mouth: 

Plaque is a film that forms on the teeth created by colonies of bacteria that live in the mouth. Plaque produces an acid that is destructive to the teeth enamel and gums. Without removal, plaque build up can cause oral health problems in a relatively small amount of time. 

Tartar forms when plaque is not removed and the bacterial colonies calcify into a hardened substance. Tartar attracts bacteria, which continues the cycle of harmful bacteria growing in the mouth. 

Gingivitis is gum disease caused by bacteria that are in an active state. The gums become inflamed, sensitive, and swell in response to a bacterial infection. Only a dentist can reverse the signs and symptoms of gingivitis. 

Periodontal disease is an active infection caused by gingivitis that destroys the very foundation of the teeth. Periodontal disease destroys the bond between the teeth and the jaw, which causes tooth loss and leads to even further oral health issues. 

Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining oral health between visits to the dentist for teeth cleaning. But they can not take the place of the teeth cleaning that your dentist can provide. Dentists have extensive special training for cleaning the teeth, and they use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Visiting the dentist is vital to your oral health, and missing dental appointments results in further buildup of damaging bacteria and plaque.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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