Dental Hygienist Introduction




Dental Hygienist Introduction

 

The patient’s self-performed dental hygiene is a mainstay in the treatment of Periodontal Disease.

In fact, without the constant collaboration of the patient, periodontal treatments performed by professional operators have little success and, above all, the results obtained are not long lasting.

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After assessing the condition of the patient’s oral cavity, the dental hygienist must demonstrate the correct oral hygiene procedures, suggesting the appropriate instruments and techniques.

Subsequently, oral hygiene must be monitored during periodontal therapy and, if necessary, the initial program must be modified to improve the status of hygiene and maintain the health of the oral cavity. In the course of my work as a dental hygienist, I have made definite choices regarding products and techniques that have satisfied me and that enable me to reach my objectives.

Dental Hygiene & Charts to Illustrate

An important factor in the organization of an efficient hygiene service is the setting-up of a readily available supply of all instruments that patients may require for their home-care.

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Some dentists might think that this practice is too expensive, however, I am sure that it is essential in obtaining the patient’s collaboration.

In fact, the supply of the necessities for their oral hygiene saves patients the time and effort required to find and purchase the recommended instruments, and if this supply is not made readily available, patients may tend to neglect their home-care. If patients find the instruments they require at the dental office, they will be constantly equipped for their self-performed dental hygiene and consequently, they will have less difficulty in maintaining a good level of plaque control.

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The dental hygienist must also note in the clinical chart the hygiene instruments, that were recommended and given to the patient.

Manual of Dental Hygiene

NEW EDITION OF PROFESSIONAL Dental Hygienist Book “LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE” Professional manual written by dr. Antonella Tani Botticelli (Dental Hygienist) Passion and study have always been the basis of a good professional preparation.

This manual treats the fundamental concepts of oral hygiene, enriched by photos, 2D-3D illustrations, tables of rapid consultation and a great deal more… 400 pages 24,5×30,5 cm / 900 clinical photos / 200 illustrations and table / cd-rom

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LEARNING A PROFESSION HAS NEVER BEEN SO INSPIRING

Dental Hygienist BookBook “Experience is the Best Teacher”, a Manual for the Dental Hygienist, appeared almost a decade ago, and enjoyed great popularity among the dental hygiene and periodontal community.

Antonella Tani, an enthusiastic, competent and extremely knowledgeable dental hygienist has provided an unusual book for her colleagues based on her many years of experience in clinical practice.

Now, after all these years, it was time to revise the first manual and to supplement it with new information.
dental hygiene booksA lot of devices and agents have been introduced in the field of preventive dentistry. Theywarrant a detailed presentation and discussion.

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Three new subjects, Anatomy, Microbiology and Histopathology have been included in the manual.

The text is divided into four sections: “Basic Concepts”, “The Periodontal Patient”,“The Patient with Caries” and “The Patient with Implants”.
With this format, Antonella Tani places the patient in the center of her endeavor.

A successful prevention and therapy, as well as maintenance of the patient suffering from biofilm-induced oral diseases has to be based on sound foundations.

With her introductory chapters and the section on basics, Antonella Tani makes the concepts of oral diseases didactically attractive and easy to understand.

Certainly this part of the book is of high relevance for the practicing dental hygienist.

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With the three chapters focusing on specific patient problems the practical aspects of patient care are presented in a personal and rewarding way.
The new manual is to be recommended to all dental hygienists and also to dental students as well as to colleagues especially interested in the fields of preventive dentistry and periodontology.

Indeed, Antonella Tani is to be congratulated for another major contribution in dental education!

Niklaus P. Lang
Niklaus P. Lang, DDS, MS, PhD,
Dr.odont.hc, Hon FRCPS (Glasgow)
Professor Emeritus University of Berne Professor of Implant Dentistry The University of Hong Kong

Dental Team

dental teamThe dental team is composed of

-the DENTIST,
-the DENTAL HYGIENIST,
-the DENTAL ASSISTANT
-and THE SECRETARY, who operate in the dental office,
-and the DENTAL TECHNICIAN, who is an external collaborator.

People often confuse the roles of the dental assistant and the dental hygienist, and therefore, it’s necessary to clearly distinguish between these two figures, who have specific tasks regarding totally different areas.

The dental assistant is a close collaborator of the dentist who cannot perform any type of operation alone.

She has an indispensable role from the ergonomic point of view, Because, working in close contact with the dentist, the assistant enables the doctor to concentrate exclusively on the operating field, without wasting movements, time or fatigue. However she cannot perform any procedures in the patient’s mouth.

The concept of a dental team implies THE INTERACTION AND THE SYNCHRONIZATION of all of the members of the staff, who share the common goal of obtaining the health and well-being of the patient and his consequent compliance with the dental office.

We mustn’t forget that the most important focal point of the team is the patient, without whom, none of the other members of the staff would have a reason to exist. In alternative to the ideal dental team, often, in small suburb localities, or in the initial phase of the activity of a young dentist, it is quite common to find that the office operates with a reduced team, composed of the dentist and one dental assistant, who takes care of every thing, from her work in assisting the dentist, to maintenance of the equipment and instruments, to administrative tasks.

This is certainly not the best situation because too many tasks performed by the same person, create a situation of difficult management and organization of work. The dental hygienist has a two year diploma, or now a three year degree, and has a fundamental role as a member of the dental team, which is that of PROMOTING THE HEALTH OF THE PATIENTS’ ORAL CAVITY THROUGH PREVENTION AND TO RESTORE IT AND MAINTAIN IT THROUGH THERAPY.

The eight most important aspects of the Role of the Dental Hygienist are:

– TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ORGANIZATION OF AN EFFICIENT HYGIENE SERVICE
– TO ACT AS A LINK BETWEEN PATIENTS AND THE MEDICAL STAFF
– TO MOTIVATE PATIENTS
– TO INSTRUCT PATIENTS IN THE CORRECT TECHNIQUES OF SELF-PERFORMED ORAL HYGIENE
– TO PERFORM PROFESSIONAL CLEANING AND NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE
– TO SHARPEN INSTRUMENTS CORRECTLY
– TO TREAT DENTAL HYPERSENSITIVITY
– An finally, TO ORGANIZE AND PERFORM THE NECESSARY PROCEDURES OF MAINTENANCE THERAPY




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