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What Actually is Tartar/Calculus?

Tartar Tartar also known as calculus, and is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar is a mineral buildup caused by minerals from saliva and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) present in plaque. It is very easy to see if tartar is above the gum line and the most common sign of tartar buildup is yellow or brown teeth. When …

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What Is Air Abrasion?

Air abrasion, also known as particle abrasion, was first used by dentists in the 1950’s. Only recently has the technology advanced and has been made more commercially available. For many years dentists have used the drill to clean out decay from the teeth. Air abrasion removes the decay, however if there is a cavity it will still need to be …

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Ultrasonic Scalers vs Hand Scaling

Ultrasonic Scalers Ultrasonic scalers can effectively remove tartar (calculus) deposits from the teeth. A high vibration energy chips off the tartar and a water spray washes it away and keeps the tip cool. The ultrasonic scalers are just as effective for removal of calculus in shallow gum pockets and even more effective in pockets greater than 4mm. They are good …

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Are Their Teeth Really White? What You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening.

Many people think it is easy to have the white teeth that you see so much on the TV. What you see in magazines may have been photo re-touched and most of the movie stars and models probably have veneers. Veneers are a half crown placed over the natural teeth and this procedure can be very expensive. Over the counter …

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Can Quitting Smoking Save Your Smile?

6 reasons to give up smoking for a better smile: Premature tooth loss Gum Disease Oral Cancer Bad breath Yellowing or stained teeth Wrinkles Tooth Loss Dentists have revealed that smokers that give up, are less likely to lose their teeth prematurely, than those who continue. Gum Disease Studies also show that smokers with gum disease showed improvement of the …

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What Health Issues Are Caused By Poor Dental Hygiene?

Studies have shown that lack of good dental hygiene could be a possible cause of major illnesses. Even if you brush your teeth every day, you still may have bacteria growing inside your mouth. This could lead to gum disease (gingivitis). Some of the gingivitis symptoms can be bleeding gums usually when you brush your teeth, bad breath, swollen or …

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Gum Disease – The Two Types

Gingivitis Gingivitis starts when a bacterial growth in your mouth caused by plaque build-up and causes the gums to become inflamed. Plaque is the sticky colourless film that forms on your teeth and is where bacteria lives. If the plaque is not removed regularly by brushing and flossing, it will harden and create tartar. When tartar forms, it makes teeth …

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A Day in the Life of a Hygienist

Dental Hygienist - APLUS Institute

The day starts off with the dental hygienist arriving 30 minutes before the first appointment is scheduled. This enables the hygienist to review all the patients’ medical charts for the day. Usually you are looking to see if this is a routine preventive appointment, or if a patient has active gum disease. They also need to know when the patient …

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Taking X-Rays – There Are Many Types

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The X-rays (radiographs) are normally performed yearly unless there is a problem with the patient’s oral health. A lead bib is placed over the patient’s chest, abdomen and pelvic area, to prevent any radiation exposure to their vital organs. Women that are pregnant or believe they may be pregnant should avoid all types of X-rays, as it is considered not …

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Oral Cancer – A Guide for Dental Hygienists

Oral Cancer - APLUS Institute

Oral cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, which includes the gums, the lips, the tongue’s surface, the cheek, the roof and floor of the mouth, the tonsils, and even the salivary glands. It is similar to a head and neck cancer and is often treated in a similar way. Regular screenings should be done at the dental …

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