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    • bigbear-a
    • By bigbear-a 15th Mar 17, 11:20 AM
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    Dental hygienist - Gum Disease - methods of cleaning
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:20 AM
    Dental hygienist - Gum Disease - methods of cleaning 15th Mar 17 at 11:20 AM
    When you go to a Dental Hygienist every 6, 12, 18 months (or whatever frequency), what are the different methods that they use to clean the teeth, and why use one method (or a combination) or another:
    What are the pros and cons of each cleaning method, and whats the best method for Gum disease.

    1) By hand using scrapers, etc
    2) Ultrasonic
    3) Chemical
    4) Any other methods

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    • Toothsmith
    • By Toothsmith 15th Mar 17, 11:28 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:28 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 11:28 PM
    Everybody is different.

    What you're asking there could really fill a text book!

    If you sign yourself onto a dental hygienist course, then after a few years at dental hospital, you will have your answer - and quite a rewarding career to boot!

    If you want to stay a layman, then listen very carefully to their advice when you go. Brush and use the interdental cleaners recommended for you with the techniques and frequency they recommend (as doing the job yourself is way more important than what they do every few months) then just lay back and trust that they are doing the best job they can for you, with the techniques they feel are most appropriate for you.

    If you do things well yourself, then you will probably hardly ever have to see them anyway.
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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