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Old 07-15-2009, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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Hope everyone is doing well.

I am searching for an experienced/recommended dental hygienist (unsure if an actual Dentist is needed at this time). The following Dentists are in our Plan (I did not populate any with reference to SmileCare) and would like to know if anyone has personal experience with a hygienist working for:

Cullen, William
Marmur, Rafal
Perrin, John
Shaeffer, William
Wohlgemuth, Paul
Wagner, William

All are located in/close to 32224

Please let me know. Thank you!
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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Hope everyone is doing well.

I am searching for an experienced/recommended dental hygienist (unsure if an actual Dentist is needed at this time). The following Dentists are in our Plan (I did not populate any with reference to SmileCare) and would like to know if anyone has personal experience with a hygienist working for:

Cullen, William
Marmur, Rafal
Perrin, John
Shaeffer, William
Wohlgemuth, Paul
Wagner, William

All are located in/close to 32224

Please let me know. Thank you!
You must see a dentist a good dental practice will never see you for just a hygienist to do a cleaning unless you have a record that you are under dental care and current. Like when I moved here they could tell from looking at my teeth that they were in excellent condition and I just had a cleaning to tide me over until I went home to my own dr. The dentist has to examine your mouth BEFORE the cleaning.

. A dentist is always necessary and should be seen twice a year. I don't know anybody here I',m from south FL but usually if you find a GOOD reconstructive (cosmetic) dentist and especially a periodontist they have the BEST hygienists. Not some fly by night self proclaimed cosmetic dentist but one who is REALLY experienced like doing it for a 10 or 20 yrs or so.

Definitely a periodontist who is now also a trained implant/cap specialist will have the BEST because gums are key to successful implants and caps.

Even without insurance a good cleaning is only about 90.00 here in FL that's what I paid in Boca Raton. If you have perio issues you can get on a schedule that's affordable and if it's off network you wont get a big refund. But gums are the number one thing setting the stage for any dental work.

You need to see the dentist who will examine your mouth and measure the gum space between the gum and tooth which is an indicator of your overall perio health. Of course they can tell just from looking what the "probable" condition is...but you have to go sit there while they measure tooth by tooth and record the space with a tiny tool. They write it down as they go so they can get the big picture. This tells them in addition to the visual of how much plaque is covering your teeth if it's moved UP to the gum. After time gums deteriorate and teeth fall out. Because the bone erodes. IN TIME. Meanwhile, a simple perio procedure can arrest this process. Scaling. It's nothing.

If you have perio issues, it really only takes a quadrant scaling (four sections cleaned individually) usually in two visits if you have gum issues that aren't that far gone so to speak. I never had it done but you can look it up in your carriers plan, I think it's about 85 per quad maybe? Then after that it's just your daily hygene keeping it improving more and more. I've heard my dentist explain it to clients a million times lol. This is why an implant/cosmetic expert retains good hygenists and have perio skills/degrees because they dont wanna be sending clients to periodontists when they can do it themselves in their own offices. This doesnt mean they dont use a perio person if the condition warrants it I'm just saying that if you dont have serious conditions it can usually be done in the cosmetic office.

THis is why using a periodontist who does regular implants and caps also is much better they do EVERYTHING versus you shlepping all over the place.

There's a new brush that's awesome for in between teeth, it s like the rubber tip one but small fat pointed bristles on both ends. You can use it in the car and everywhere LOL....better than floss actually. I got mine from my Boca hygenist and my Dr in Phila loved it and ordered it.

(I get my teeth cleaned every three months it's my thing ha ha) So call and see if any of the above do implants or caps and ask how long they've been doing them. Also if they work every day it's a sign they are busy whereas if they only work a couple days a week it's to be questioned why. I found that to be an indicator here in FL. A full exam and cleaning can be about 150.00 and if you're going to get work done they will often waive the exam fee.

I'd call this guy, I have extensive work in my mouth - caps and a coupla implants:

http://www.drgaryperlman.com/

P.S> Go buy a GOOD Electric toothbrush and a good Waterpic and start brushing three times per day and waterpicking and FLOSSING at least twice per day. Brush the GUMS TOO not just the teeth. Dont press hard on the brush let the brush do the work. You should have no bleeding when flossing. If you have bleeding you must floss MORE and brush MORE and water pick MORE not LESS. People say "the dentist makes my gums bleed" LOL it's the opposite. Exercising the GUMS prevents gum disease and saves the teeth.

Last edited by runswithscissors; 07-15-2009 at 09:15 PM..
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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One more thing, you want a dentist who is enthusiastic and nice not snotty. Some specialists have wierd personalities because it's a combination of art and techincal skills. If they make you feel badly cuz of wierdness change dentists. This doesnt include lectures about hygiene that's what they do.

Sugar is the number one bad thing for teeth. Candy, and SODA especially. AND DRY MOUTH if say, you sleep with your mouth open or breathe with open mouth. Try not to. Dry mouth retards the saliva that your mouth needs to kill sugars off and replenishing minerals like calcium preventing decay.

Brush before bed is KEY KEY KEY and if you eat sugar, say at work at your desk, brush or at least do a mouth wash to kill that sugar.

My dental hygenist's husband started chewing cough drops day and night when he quit smoking and IMMEDIATELY got a TON OF DECAY in six months from that. She and my dentist were SHOCKED and she was so mad because she really didnt realize what he was doing all that time LOL.

If you have a dry mouth or sleep with your mouth open your dentist can give you GC MCI PASTE PLUS that you put on your teeth at bedtime and it rebuilds the calcium and stuff needed for your enamel that is deteriorating from the dry air ...so to speak. Or a fluoride paste I think it's called Prevadent...I use both but I'm not looking at the label at the moment but I will be soon cuz I just ate KEY LIME PIE LOL.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Jersey
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Wow...
Thank you for taking the time to respond at such great length. You included a lot of valuable information.

So....

I still need a good hygienist and I still do not care how good the Dentist is, as we do not plan on establishing a relationship with him/her....any time soon. Just need a thorough cleaning and x-rays. My preference is to stick to an in-network provider, but would spend the $90 if that's the going rate.

Karla/Mawpafl...(sorry...forgot the rest of your screen name lol) - I could probably send him to OP or SS if needed... thank you
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