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Old 12-21-2007, 12:03 AM   #1
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Question about dental practice (thing they did)

I am currently 19 and went to the dentist today for a regular check up. However, I didn't brush before going. Also, the "nurse" that preps me before hand was different than usual (they had a change up in who works there).

Anyways, the "nurse", when prepping me, took her metal scrapper (hooked needle thing) and went between each of my teeth and scrapped in between everyone of them. Now, this seems like bad practice to me, but I'm not a dental major, so I don't know. I was about to say something, but figured she must know what she is doing.

Now, I get this strange feeling like she made the gapes between my teeth bigger and scrapped off a little of my teeth. I never had that done before. Usually all they do is use flossing for that stuff.

Is what she did ok practice? It really concerns me, but then again I could just be worrying about nothing. Thanks for any assistance.

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Old 12-21-2007, 04:45 AM   #2
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Re: Question about dental practice (thing they did)

Every time I have my teeth cleaned, they scrape my teeth with that instrument you described. It gets the plaque off there, which the consistency is hard. Plaque comes from food particles that gather at the gums and between the teeth. Even though you brush, it will still build up on there over time. That's why it appears you have gaps now between your teeth. That's how much plaque had accumulated there, so slowly you didn't realize it. Your teeth are really clean now. Maybe since you are younger, they didn't need to scrape the plaque off before, because might not have been any there.

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Old 12-21-2007, 05:50 AM   #3
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Re: Question about dental practice (thing they did)

Absolutely standard procedure. That will happen every time you get your teeth cleaned. And please, brush your teeth before you go. It's what you should be doing anyway and it would a kindness to the dental hygienest.

 
Old 12-21-2007, 01:37 PM   #4
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Re: Question about dental practice (thing they did)

Standard practice. Not brushing your teeth before going is nasty. I feel sorry for the hygenist. The spaces are probably from the fact that she removed old tartar that had built up.
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Old 12-21-2007, 02:41 PM   #5
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Re: Question about dental practice (thing they did)

I usually do, however the way things were scheduled, I wasn't able to. I did use mouthwash though before hand.

 
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