A Typical Dental Hygiene Appointment

Many people wonder what to expect during an appointment with the dental hygienist. During your visit, the dental hygienist will:

  • be prepared for your appointment to ensure your safety
  • review your chart and medical history
  • review your current medical status with you - there are many medical conditions and medications that may influence dental hygiene treatment
  • examine your head and neck for abnormalities
  • examine your tongue, gums, teeth and all other areas of your mouth with Velscope
  • measure the attachment of the gums to your teeth (probing)
  • record all findings on your chart
  • take prescribed radiographs (x-rays) and interpret them for dental hygiene purposes
  • scale your teeth using hand or mechanical instruments removing hard and soft deposits (plaque and tarter)
  • polish your teeth, if needed, to remove stains

if needed:

  • apply fluoride to strengthen teeth
  • apply agents to desensitize teeth
  • apply pit and fissure sealants to seal grooves for decay prevention

Strathcona Hours

Monday - Tuesday: 7am - 3pm
Wednesday: 7am - 7pm
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 8am - 3pm
Saturday: 9am - 2:30pm
(two Saturdays per month)