Dental Hygiene

What Is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is a journey. Dr. Michelle Ahn believes that a healthy mouth is a foundation to a healthy life. Patients are encouraged to visit at least every six months for a cleaning and examination. Homecare, which typically consists of brushing and flossing, does not remove all the buildup that is created over time. Depending on the patient’s situation, the dentist and hygienist will recommend which type of cleaning you will need. The typical process is a thorough cleaning of the teeth, a polish, and then fluoride application. The hygienist will discuss your homecare process and habits and give instructions on how to improve areas that may require extra attention. If there are any areas of concern the hygienist will point those out to Dr. Michelle Ahn during the examination.

Adult Prophylaxis

This is the most basic dental cleaning.  The dental hygienist will clean the patients teeth and around the gum line.  This cleaning does not go sub-gingival (below the gum). This cleaning will help remove buildup that leads to cavities and staining. After the teeth are scaled (cleaned), the dental hygienist will polish the teeth, give a fluoride treatment, and discuss home care and advise on areas that need more attention and how to improve.

Child Prophylaxis

This is the most basic dental cleaning for children and pediatrics.  The dental hygienist will clean the patients teeth and around the gum line.  This cleaning does not go sub gingival (below the gum). This cleaning will help remove buildup that leads to cavities and staining.  After the teeth are scaled (cleaned), the dental hygienist will polish the teeth, give a fluoride treatment, and discuss home care and advise on areas that need more attention and how to improve.

Scaling and Root Planning (also known as a “Deep Cleaning”)

This dental cleaning is required for patients that are diagnosed with gum/periodontal disease.  This procedure requires multiple visits due to the thoroughness that is required. The dental hygienist will clean above and below the gum line to remove any trace of tarter and buildup.  Once a patient goes through this process it’s extremely important to monitor them back to a healthy state. The patient will then on continue receiving periodontal care known as Periodontal Maintenance.

How Often Should You Visit Your Dentist?

Patients should visit the dentist every six months at a minimum. There are too many health related issues that can arise out of poor dental hygiene and other dental related issues. It’s best to be preventative than reactive. 

Dental Hygiene Specialist

Dr. Michelle Ahn is an oral hygiene dentist who serves residents in and around the Redondo Beach, California area. The doctor specializes in all aspects of restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as prosthodontics.

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