Q: I like my dentist, but am not happy with his new hygienist. I feel she is not as thorough and knowledgeable as the old one. Can I change hygienists but still go to my dentist if I should need work? Didi in Hollywood
A: This is why I recently stopped cutting my hair. I couldn’t handle the guilty feelings when I would bump into my hairstylist who I left for another. Now when it grows past the top of my shoulders, I put it into a rubber band and cut an inch off the end. Boom. Done.
Yes you may change hygienists and keep using your existing dentist, guilt free. Choose a hygienist who is hi-tech and uses computerized pocket probing devices such as the Florida Probe or STM probe for greater accuracy, laser decay detectors (Diagnodent) for early diagnosis, antibiotic granules for pocket elimination (Arestin) to prevent the need for gum surgery, Teflon coated scalers for scratch-free cleaning of your implants, under the gum line, medicinal irrigators (Hydrofloss) and lots of hand scaling in addition to the use of ultrasonic instruments.
We will be covering these topics at my next seminar. For a free copy of the “Hi Tech Dental Hygienist Check List”, email us.
Editor’s Note: NEW SEMINAR: “Teeth for Life IV” Hi Tech Implants, Bone Grafts and Complex Crown and Bridge work. PLUS: Choosing a dental office in 2014. Join us Thursday January 9th at 6:30pm at the West Palm Beach Public Library on Clematis St. Call 561-868-7701 to register. Seating is limited; call today! For a preview video of this seminar, drop us an email.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant Cosmetic and General Dentistry and is on staff at West Palm Hospital (Formerly Columbia Hospital). Dr. Josephs is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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