Dr. Euclid McLeod Jr., DDS, is great a dentist, but only because he knows he can’t do it all by himself. To keep his patients happy and healthy at his Georgetown, Texas, office, he has a staff of dental hygienists helping him. If you’re searching for a caring and knowledgeable dental office, call today or book an appointment online.
Dental hygienists are oral healthcare experts. They work side-by-side with Dr. McLeod to help make sure your teeth get a thorough examination, as they’ve received extensive training in both clinical and preventive oral health.
The dental hygienist completes a number of tasks that help Dr. McLeod during his evaluation. This includes:
Dental hygienists also educate you on the proper care of your teeth, including brushing and flossing techniques. They also review the role diet plays in preventing cavities and maintaining good oral health.
You may see the dental hygienist before you see Dr. McLeod. In fact, most of your appointment time may be spent with the hygienist, especially if you’re coming in for a cleaning.
The hygienist begins by examining your mouth for a screening. Then, the hygienist takes X-rays. The hygienist then thoroughly cleans your teeth.
The dental hygienist uses a scaling tool to scrape tartar, plaque, and other debris from your teeth and under your gums. Then, the hygienist finishes by polishing and flossing your teeth.
The cleaning not only cleans your teeth for Dr. McLeod, but also helps keep cavities and bad breath away.
Regular cleanings from the dental hygienist also protect your gums from gingivitis — also known as gum disease.
A deep cleaning is a special cleaning — conducted by the dental hygienist — aimed at treating gum and periodontal disease. The cleaning starts with the hygienist measuring the area around your teeth where bacteria might form. Ideally, these pockets should measure 3 millimeters.
After the measuring, the hygienist cleans your teeth with a special scaling tool to scrape tartar and plaque from your teeth and gums.
Deep cleaning also includes root planing, where plaque and tartar are scraped from the roots of your teeth. After the root planing, the hygienist may require you return to the office for an additional check-up to make sure your teeth are getting healthier.
If you need a dental cleaning, call the office or book an appointment online.