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New RDH: perio maintenance appt

Hi! I’m a new dental hygienist straight out of school. I had a question about a perio maintenance appointment. I just started temping and one of my patients next week is perio maintenance. What do you do during a perio maintenance appt?

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For me, I follow the same steps I would with a Prophy. However I know that with a PM there is typically more anatomy to work with- Exposed roots, deeper pockets, typically more calculus because of the irregular surfaces. My PM appt is: Cavitron all teeth, HS all teeth, Explore, Touch up scaling prn, Polish, Floss (use the floss as a secondary explorer really feel those teeth with the floss), and then look at the entire mouth before doing an exam to be sure the mouth is free from polish, and debris. Also- Gracey curettes wouldn’t be a bad addition to the PM set up.

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