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Beyond the dentist chair


Your dental hygienist will see you now

No two smiles are alike. But all deserve to be healthy.

That’s why your Aspen Dental care team and dental hygienist develop a plan to get your mouth to its best place. It all starts with routine care.

Your dental hygienist appointments

To keep your mouth feeling its best, it’s essential to regularly visit your Aspen Dental practice for checkups and ongoing care. That way, you can help prevent small issues from getting bigger and more expensive.

Here are some of the different types of appointments you may have with your dental hygienist:

Preventive or basic cleaning

Also known as a six-month cleaning or prophylaxis, this dental hygienist appointment is for healthy dental patients and is an essential step to helping ensure long-lasting oral health. It’s a great way to ensure your mouth is healthy and to walk out with clean, polished teeth.

Here’s what you can expect during a typical dental hygienist appointment:

  • Medical history review Tell your hygienist about any changes to your diet or medications. These may impact your treatment and oral health

  • Have a conversation with your dental hygienist about any concerns you have regarding your teeth, mouth, or overall oral health

  • Visual gum tissue check

  • Removal of plaque, tartar, and stains

  • Polishing and flossing

Home care instructions Your dental hygienist will review instructions for any additional care that you may need for your at-home oral care routine

Oral cancer screening Depending on your health and risk factors, your dental hygienist may recommend a quick and painless oral cancer screening. The exam enables clinicians to detect oral cancers at their earliest stages when they would not visible based upon a visual exam alone.

Fluoride treatment Your dental hygienist may also recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a great way to strengthen and protect teeth, and it can be applied at any appointment.

Periodontal maintenance appointment

If you’ve received a diagnosis of periodontal disease, the good news is that your Aspen Dental team can treat it.

Every patient is different, however. Most patients diagnosed with periodontal disease will first be prescribed a scaling and root planing procedure, sometimes called a deep cleaning, which removes deposits and infection from the tooth roots and gum tissue.

Following your scaling and root planing procedure, your dentist will likely schedule you to return every three months for periodontal maintenance appointments to help keep the disease under control. These appointments can help prevent progression of the disease by treating pockets of infection that may have developed since your last appointment.

  • Here’s a smart reason to stick to your periodontal maintenance schedule: If you follow your three-month maintenance schedule, there usually won’t be a need or expense of any additional treatments, such as repeated scaling and root planing procedures.

  • Can you have a basic cleaning instead of periodontal maintenance? Actually, basic cleanings and periodontal maintenance are two very different things. A six-month cleaning is designed to prevent periodontal disease—not to treat it. Your three-month periodontal maintenance appointments are aimed at effectively monitoring and treating the disease and returning your gums to their best health possible.

Note that your periodontal maintenance program may vary based on your doctor’s recommendation. In the end, it’s all but creating a plan that’s best for you—because we do anything to make you smile.

Ready to get started?

Take the first step toward a smile you’ll love at an Aspen Dental office near you.