Going to the dentist can be intimidating, especially if you are unfamiliar with the tools they use on a regular basis. In the spirit of lightening the feelings of dread toward dentistry, we thought it would be good to go over the common instruments used by dentists!
The mouth is such a difficult place to see everything to ensure treatment is working. In order to see all the small spaces behind and around a client's pearly whites, a dentist will use a small mirror attached to a long holder. This mirror helps the dental hygienist see and remove plaque and other residues from your teeth. It also assists dentists during oral surgeries and procedures.
In order to view your mouth in a dry form, one will need to remove saliva and water from the mouth. This is done by using the suction device. While this device may sound intimidating, it won't harm you.
In order to remove plaque from the teeth, a hygienist or dentist must use a scaler to scrape any residue buildup on a client's teeth. This device isn't made for comfort and is sometimes the reason why clients don't like coming to the dentist. Regular brushing and flossing can prevent a hygenist's need to use the scaler excessively.
In order to effectively remove tooth decay, one must use a dental drill. As scary as it may seem, this tool is always used when necessary and is handled appropriately by the dentist. Keep in mind that we want what is best for the client, and it is only a temporary feeling of pressure and loud noise.
When becoming familiar with the tools a dentist uses, clients should always remember the tools are used to keep their oral health and hygiene optimal. At Progressive Family Dentistry, we want our clients to be as comfortable as possible during their visits and procedures. If you are in need of a dentist, please reach out to us today!
The Progressive Team