Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Dental Hygiene Virgin

Transposition of tooth #27 with tooth #26.
 #26 is located to the distal of #27

This 53 year old male, a recent immigrant to the USA, had never had his teeth cleaned prior to seeing me. 
He had generalized tooth brush abrasion with minimal areas of decay. 
 He had generalized 5-8mm pockets in the posterior.  I performed four quads of SRP in two separate appointments.  He'll return in a month for re-eval to determine the need of further perio treatment.  


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Youngest Patient to Date

This patients mother called for an appointment because her two week old baby had teeth.  The front desk scheduled him with the hygiene dept. :)  These prenatal teeth were very loose.  The mother was told to wiggle them and they would be out that day.

Two week old infant born with two prenatal teeth

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Talking Teeth

     My kids are sick of seeing pictures of my patients mouths on my IPhone.
I guess I don't blame them.  :)

     Lol.  Anyway a little about myself.  I love my job.  I'm a Registered Dental Hygienist aka R.D.H.  I work for two busy dental offices, in three different locations.  One job is full time and the other is part time.  Most of my patients are children from low income families.

     I've been in the dental field since high school. I went to a vocational school for two years during high school to learn dental assisting.  (I'm a former C.D.A., R.D.A.)  Out of high school I was accepted into college for pre-dental but God had other plans for me.  Finally in my late twenties I went to college to become a dental hygienist.

     I love coming across the occasional odd thing that most people only know about from books.  Things that a dental professional rarely comes across working day to day.

     In this blog I want to share pictures of the different things that I happen to come across during my work. I'm not planning for this to be a daily blog but just a place for me share my pictures with anyone who's interested in looking at them.  I won't show any of the patients full faces.  All of the patients or their guardians agreed and were aware that I was taking the picture of their mouth with my IPhone.

     Enjoy the pictures.  Be sure to follow.  Comment if you feel like it.  Let me know if you have any pictures that you would like me to share.