Congratulations! You got into the dentist’s office and you completed your appointment with the dental hygienist. This is a very important and necessary step to maintaining your oral hygiene. We are going to talk about what to expect after this appointment and steps to help maintain proper oral hygiene.
Take Your Hygienist’s Advice Seriously
Everybody has different needs when it comes to oral hygiene. This means that there isn’t a cookie-cutter response that works for everyone. There are a lot of factors that affect oral health like your genetics, your oral care regimen, and your diet. As your dental providers, we will talk to you about things that you could be doing very well and things that you could improve on to help prevent more serious dental problems. We are your personalized team looking at every aspect of your oral health to create a plan to help you be as healthy as you can be.
Sensitivity is Common
After your appointment, your teeth and gums may feel sensitive. This is common and nothing to worry about especially if you haven’t been to a hygienist appointment in a long time. For example, let’s say John hasn’t been to a hygienist for 3 years because he didn’t make time to go in college. Due to plaque build-up, we had to use a Waterpik to clean his teeth properly. We told John that his gums may be sensitive for a few days due to difficulty removing the access plaque.
This is a common scenario but it’s important to visit your hygienist as often as needed because we clean areas that you can’t clean yourself. We get deep into your gums to clean out the plaque that gets into the space between your gums and teeth. If you have a permanent retainer from braces they also clean the spots underneath the fixtures that you can’t reach with normal flossing and brushing at home. After a visit like this, your gums will feel sensitive and this is normal so don’t stress over it. Your dentist may also recommend a sensitive toothpaste and tell you to get a soft bristle toothbrush so your not brushing away your gums. Don’t be afraid to go eat after your appointment and enjoy that fresh, clean feeling, all day long.
Don’t Put Off Follow-Up Appointments
Depending on your oral health you may need to visit the dentist sooner than you would like to get some problems fixed. If you have cavities it’s important to get them taken care of as soon as possible so they don’t turn into more serious problems down the road. If your oral health has been poor over the last few years they may require you to visit more often. There are a lot of factors that we take to prevent serious dental issues like a loss in bone density and preventing periodontal disease. professional help to understand how to prevent these and your dentist will know the best course of action for you.
Even if you don’t have any cavities; it isn’t uncommon to need to schedule follow up appointments with your hygienist sooner than the average 6 months. Like we said before, everyone’s oral health is different based on several factors so do your best to not put off appointments that are recommended for you.
Keeping Up Your Oral Hygiene at Home
Your dental providers can only do so much for you when it comes to your oral health. It’s your responsibility to maintain your brushing and flossing schedule. As a general rule, you need to brush and floss at least twice a day. We may recommend flossing or brushing more often than that based on your genetics and dental history to maintain a healthy mouth. This could also help you save money in the long run so don’t forget to follow and additional advice that we give you after your appointment.
Taking care of your oral health can have a major impact on your overall health. It can help prevent sickness, infection, dental disease, and overall is easy to do with the help of our dental providers. Make sure that you follow the specific advice we provide for you after your appointment because again, everyone is different. It’s a team effort and we can only do so much. It’s your responsibility to make sure you are doing your part at home and do not put off dental appointments.
Give us a call at (801)747-8018 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to taking care of all of your future dental needs!