Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease or gingivitis. This infection is serious enough, that it can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. This chronic infection starts around the tooth and it affects the supporting bone and gums. Periodontal disease can affect anywhere from one tooth to all thirty-two teeth. The disease pathology starts with the plaque that builds up on your teeth everyday.
I have found that these science classes are useful in real in life, as I have job shadowed a hygienist. I wanted to be sure that cleaning teeth was the right profession for me. Watching the hygienist, I noticed the vocabulary she was using was exactly what I learned in my Anatomy class. Words such as anterior and posterior. After a few hours, I already felt comfortable with the flow of the dentist’s office. The hygienist took the x-rays, cleaned the teeth, put on the flouride, and page the dentist. She would use the patient as model and told me about the things I would learn when I go to college. I have get graded for washing my hands and flossing my classmates’ teeth. I was overwhelmed by the words and procedures. I did not know it was
Have you ever thought about what could happen if you don't practice good oral hygiene? Have you ever thought about the fact that cavities can lead to even more serious dental problems? Do you know that if you aren't practicing good oral hygiene, you're opening the door to dental problems that isn't easy to close? If you don't take care of your teeth,think about how much harder easy life tasks would be for you. It is not that hard to simply brush your teeth twice a day and floss them once. The effects of not having good oral hygiene are cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
As stated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Each year, more than 30,000 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx are diagnosed and over 8,000 deaths due to oral cancer occur.” (CDC). Most adults are unaware that they have periodontal disease or gum disease, this occurs because they do not maintain routine checkups with their dentist. When we insert food and other bacteria into our mouths, it affects our teeth and gums. We need routine dental checkups and cleanings throughout our lives. Dental checkups usually involve x-rays, cleanings, and the examination of the mouth.
The appearance of phenytoin-induced gingival overgrowth usually includes an enlarged “pebbly” marginal gingiva and bulbous interdental papillae. In severe cases, the gingival overgrowth may completely cover the teeth surfaces. Bacterial plaque is an important determining factor of the severity of phenytoin-induced gingival overgrowth. Secondly, calcium channel blockers are another drug with gingival overgrowth implications. These drugs are used to treat cardiovascular disorders, such as angina, arrhythmias, hypertension, and acute myocardial infarction. With this type of gingival overgrowth, gingival enlargement is usually more prevalent in the anterior region of the mouth. Gingivitis is a factor that predisposes patients to gingival overgrowth when they are taking calcium channel blockers. Finally, the immunosuppressant drug cyclosporine is the
“Patient-centered care would allow for the dental hygienist to form a working relationship with his/her patients.” I think that is great that you think that because it seems like a lot of offices I know they have like a patient quota that they have to meet each day. Dental offices should not be like a drive through at a fast food place with just clean teeth then off you goes. Hygienists should be able to connect to their patients to have a better understanding about their dental health and overall health. We are proud to be hygienists because we can say that we help our patients one way or another to better their
Industrial Hygienist are professional safety workers who monitor safety levels of noise, radiation, toxic and biological substances as well as other safety issues that could affect employees or the general public. To become an Industrial Hygienist one must pass an examination by the (AIHA) and the (ACGIH) to get the certification of Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). An Environmental Engineer is a safety discipline in which the safety professional works with water, waste water and ecology they make sure that the environment as well as the public is not harmed by unsafe practices of a company. To be an Environmental Engineer you must have a college degree and extensive safety course work (Goetshc,2015). The Occupational Health Nurse helps
In this particular case study, many ethical dilemmas exist. The hygienist feels, very strongly, that the patient has moderate periodontal disease. With the probing depths, and state of the tissue, it is quite possible that the patient has type 2 periodontitis. However, the dentist feels differently. This brings into play the opposing professional autonomy of the dental hygienist and the dentist. If the hygienist was to do as the dentist instructed, and performed only a standard scaling, she feels she would be providing substandard care to the patient. However, to diagnose the periodontal disease herself would be outside of her scope of practice.
As per usual, I volunteered in the operatory of the Allen Saxe Dental Clinic. Today, I was the only dental assistant working. We had a moderate patient flow, but we seemed to get everybody out in good time. I interacted with the front desk receptionist, hygienists, and the dentists. Usually I would interact with the other pre-dental students volunteering, but today no one but me was there. My favorite dentist was in the office today. She was so happy to see me and she requested that I work with her, even though I was actually initially placed with another doctor. My interactions with the hygienists were no more than just a simple hello and good morning.
I agree with your statement: "The hygienist can become culturallycompetent by finding out information on the patients culture before they arrive to the appointment. The hygienist can learn about diverse cultures in populations that they are treating". Working as a dental assistant has allowed me to help dentists communicate with patients that only speaks Spanish. I have witnessed how hard it is for dentists to communicate with patients to discuss the treatment plan they need and why. If a provider cannot gather all the necessary information, then he/she wont be able to have the right diagnostic and will not have the best treatment plan for the patients. I know that it will be impossible to know all the languages and cultures of all the
Reading over the outcomes and objectives, how will the skills developed in this class apply to your chosen career or field of study? If you are “undecided,” how will these skills help you in your future in college and in general?
Our practice manger want all of the hygienist to do prophy and have the patient to return on Monday because the all of the dentist will going to mandatory training (this training was schedule for two hours at the end of the workday). All the hygienists were in agreement that we can perform prophy on patient that already who happen comprehensive exam with in the year, not patient who need to be updated for exam. In this case all of our patients need needed comprehensive exam. Therefore, these patient needed to be rescheduled, all us will be in violation " Not being under general supervision and patient not getting an comprehensive exam until Monday." When we confronted her about why it was ethical. What make this so ridiculous she only care
Everything that I am currently learning from my senior clinics is helping me improve on skills that I still need to work on. Seeing my mentor perform the skills ill be doing anytime soon, gives me an introduction on what to expect. The experiences that I am gaining are going to help me become a great hygienist in my future. Learning how to gain great interproximal skills is an important skill that will help me work well with others along with my patients.
The barracks are places great emphasis on cleanliness and well-being, both physically and leadership. In these places, even as much as a clean window is linked to physical cleanliness. More importantly, cleanliness is termed an indispensable fundamental of our role as a leader.
Personal hygiene is a major part of your everyday life. It includes brushing your teeth, taking a shower, applying deodorant, wearing clean clothes, cooking your food properly, and washing your hands when necessary. There are many different types of hygiene and different ways of doing them. The types of hygiene are food and cooking hygiene, medical hygiene, and personal hygiene, there is even such a thing as excessive hygiene. Excessive hygiene may cause allergic diseases. Some parts of the body like the ear canal, or inside of the vagina are mostly better left alone for the body's own cleaning systems. Also, excessive application of soaps, creams, and ointments can adversely affect certain of the body's natural processes. For example,