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Dental Hygiene Assessment


Here is why a Dental Hygiene Assessment during your appointment is important for you?



  • An oral cancer screening of the head, neck and intra-oral areas is completed. As Dental Hygienists, it is our responsibility to check these areas for you to make sure you are in good health.

  • I will take a look at your medications and health conditions to determine how they can affect your mouth.

  • I will be honest and friendly while we assess your current home care routine and suggest modifications to help you reduce the bacteria in your mouth.

  • I will take pictures of your teeth, head, and current dental work. To document an identifiable record of you.

  • Your history; personal, medical, dental, and oral risk factors are reviewed.

  • Vital signs are assessed and your blood pressure is taken.

  • Extra-oral examination of the head and neck is performed; including the temporomandibular joint, lymph nodes, symmetry and skin lesions are all assessed.

  • Intra-oral examination including examination of the lips, oral mucosa, frena, hard and soft palate, tonsillar pillars, oropharynx, tongue, the floor of the mouth, salivary flow and assessment of edentulous arches.

  • Dental hygiene examination includes development anomalies, risk assessment for caries and carious lesions, existing restoration, missing teeth, rotations, diastemas, contacts, occlusal relationships, para-functional habits, attrition, abrasion, ab-fraction, erosion, pulp-vitality, sensitivity, and discomfort. The dental hygiene examination may include collaboration and or referral with an oral health care provider.

  • Periodontal assessment includes risk assessment for periodontal disease, bleeding upon probing, medications, local contributing factors, history of periodontitis, gingival health, sulcus depths, adequacy of attached gingiva, gingival inflammation, signs of disease progression: recession, clinical attachment level, furcation involvement, tooth mobility, occlusal trauma, mucogingival conditions and may include radiograph interpretation and referral as necessary.

  • Oral self-care assessment includes oral hygiene and possibly microbiological assessment, general health activities and nutrition-related to oral health.


                                        I will provide you with a summary report detailing my findings and treatment recommendations.




Amie Banting RRDH, Dip DH

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