4-step plan dental hygienist

1. Introduction

2. Treatment plan

3. Treatment

4. Evaluation

Step 1: Introduction and mapping your oral health.

This is the investigation of your mouth and gums. In addition, the teeth are examined in relation to your overall health. During this examination, the dental hygienist will give your gums a score (DPSI score). This depends on the spaces (pockets) between the teeth.

Step 2: Treatment plan

Before we start treatment, we draw up a treatment plan. This is discussed with you and all planned procedures are explained to you. You will also receive a budget with the expected costs. If you have dental insurance, the dental hygienist will check with you whether the costs fall within the reimbursement.
More time will then be allocated and follow-up agreements will probably also be needed

Step 3: Treatment

Preventive dental cleaning.
If tartar or plaque is present, your teeth will be cleaned during the initial appointment. Additional advice and information are given about dental care.
You will also receive instructions for flossing, picking and brushing. The treatment will only have a lasting effect if oral hygiene is good. After cleaning, the teeth are polished using a brush and special polishing paste. This way the teeth are made completely smooth.

Serious gum problems.
If the oral examination has shown that there is advanced gum inflammation, the dental hygienist will schedule several appointments with you.
The dental hygienist will clean the deepened pockets thoroughly, removing the plaque and tartar. You will also receive information and instructions to take care of your teeth as well as possible. To prevent gum inflammation, good hygiene is extremely important. Brushing teeth alone is not enough to keep the mouth healthy. Therefore, during the treatment, instructions are given to clean as well as possible between the teeth. In this way, the gum inflammation is remedied.

Step 4: Evaluation

The next appointment is an evaluation of the gum treatment that we have performed. This can be after 3 months or after 6 months. This depends on the situation in the mouth. During this appointment, we will check whether the treatment has worked well and whether you have followed the instructions. The dental hygienist will also check your mouth for tartar and plaque and remove it and, where necessary, direct you on the care.