by Heather the HygienistSeptember 09, 20205 min read
Your mouth is full of bacteria that form a film over the teeth called dental plaque.When you consume food and drink high in carbohydrates – particularly sugary foods and drinks – the bacteria in plaque turn the carbohydrates into energy they need, producing acid at the same time.If the plaque is allowed to build up, the acid can begin to break down (dissolve) the surface of your tooth, causing holes known as cavities.
by Heather the HygienistOctober 30, 20172 min read
When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I'm a dental hygienist, I get many different reactions. The most common reaction is surprise because generally people are totally grossed out at the thought of cleaning someone's teeth and the dentist office is usually the least sought out destination for obvious reasons.
by Heather the HygienistOctober 05, 20171 min read
In one of the practices I worked at, it was standard protocol that whenever a new patient came in, they would see the dentist first after getting their full set of xrays completed. I know I'm in trouble if I can hear the assistant having a hard time with them. In this particular case, I could hear the aggravation in the assistants voice when she spoke to him and I was curious as to what the problem was.
I know the latest craze is to use activated charcoal or bentonite clay for toothpaste. However, before you use the black goo you should know what you're putting in your mouth. Anything that goes in my mouth (the most vascular area of the whole body), I make sure it's not going to contain any harmful chemicals, toxins or petroleum products of any kind. Here is a quote from WebMD regarding activated charcoal:
In my first full time dental hygiene job, the office was located in a Publix strip plaza. Often times I would do my grocery shopping but this particular day was especially beautiful for Florida. It was a spring day with low humidity and those don't come by too often.
So today, I had an elderly gentleman patient that had an interesting cologne. It was called B.O. Galore! Mind you I’m already put-off by this odoriferous scent, I seat him in my chair and proceed to ask him the usual questions. As I lay him back and start to work on his teeth, he reaches up to “scratch” his nose.
"Detox" is a commonly used word in today's society. However, how many people think about detoxing their oral care routine as an addition to their overall detox? Many people try a colon, liver or gallbladder detox or go on a gluten free, paleo, vegan, or raw vegan diet, but often times the products used for the most vascular area of their whole body are often overlooked. When you grab your regular tube of toothpaste, look at the back of the box.
by Heather the HygienistDecember 02, 20162 min read
I wish I had a dollar for everytime a patient would tell me that they wished they'd taken better care of their teeth--I would be a rich woman right now! Instead, too many times, people tend to disassociate their teeth with the rest of their body and just tell their dentist to pull them all. Later on, after the realization that NOTHING replaces their natural teeth, the patient is often discouraged with how they look, feel and taste food.