Video Transcription | Cleaning & Prevention
One of the reasons why I became a hygienist was I was working as a dental assistant. I loved working with people and not sitting behind a desk. I loved working with my hands. That pushed me forward to becoming a dental hygienist.
We’re all very friendly here. When someone comes in, if they have a lot of anxiety, I’m not jumping in and just getting my work done. We try to get them to relax.
Dentistry has changed a lot from 20 years ago. With every single patient, we review the medical history, get to know the patient a little bit, do a thorough exam, x-rays, a periodontal evaluation of the gums, oral cancer screening, clean their teeth.
Overall, patients are much more aware of their dental health and how much that affects their entire body, particularly their heart; also, educating them about gum disease.
It’s a bacterial infection. A lot of people don’t think of it that way. That bacterial infection can affect the heart. A lot of people don’t realize how much it’s all connected.
At the end of every cleaning, Dr. Barbag always asks how did the cleaning go. They always say it went very well. They’re very pleased with the outcome, how their teeth looks, their smile.