Dental hygienists’ duties are multifaceted and divided in to different spheres including pre-procedure, during procedure, and post-procedure regarding to patient care. Dental hygiene job is not an easy job that everyone can do it. People have to love the job and willing to do no harm to patients and motivate patients. Pre-procedure of patient care, dental hygienists or hygiene students have to have broad knowledge about oral diseases, calculus detection and instrumentation skills, anesthesia knowledge and skills, and radiograph skill in order to be a good dental hygiene students and do good to patients. During procedure of patient care, dental hygienists have to recognized oral diseases and provide preventive dental treatment including scaling, root planning, and fluoride treatment. After treatment, dental hygienists have to give post operative instructions to patients depending on their treatment.
Dental hygiene professionals also provide dental care for all patient: children, adolescent, adult, and geriatrics. Patient are provided dental exam with a dentist on side, radiographs if needed, and prophylaxis as patient need. Maintain oral health is very important because if people do not take care of their teeth well, they will lose their teeth early in life. When people do not have teeth, their taste will be altered and may affect systemically as a whole. If patients have oral disease, the disease may spread to the whole body and may affect their heart which is the main organ of the body. For example, one of my patient had an abcess on number 21, and my senior and I provided her root planning treatment on the area and rinsed with chlorrhexidine. My first experience in treating a patient with an abcess was very different; I learned all the granule tissues, and the post operative instructions are extramely important regarding patient oral health. Amazingly, my patient told me that she is no longer in pain and she is happy comparing to pre-treatment (she was in pain and tressed out about the edemous on the abcess area). I feel that I really provide the best treatment to patient under excellent guidence from my instructors. If this patient leaves untreated, her periodontal bone will be affected and end up lose her tooth. Oral is the most important part of the body and is the first part of the body to take care of everyday. This semester, I provided preventive treatment to ten patients including three light/medium, two light/medium on the maxillary and medium on mandible, four light, and one child according to RCC calculus code. I also have five patients who are medium to heavy calculus in progress. In addition, I did a Gow Gate, ASA, and NP anesthesia in this semester.
There are some pictures before and during patient care procedure.