Please do as much as you can for me today. I'm not busy this morning.
You'll need two appointments for your cleaning. I'll review the X-rays and decide upon a treatment plan for your next appointment.
How much time should I take to do the oral prophylaxis, Doctor?
We give 30 minutes' appointments for oral prophylaxis, Miss Jones.
It might take two or more appointments to complete this first part of the treatment.
I understand, Doctor.
Most dental diseases can be prevented.
I believe that helping a patient to prevent dental diseases is just as important as treating dental disease after it occurs.
What about the cleaning appointments, Doctor?
During your cleaning appointments you'll be taught how to use your toothbrush and dental floss effectively, as a daily routine.
What purpose is this?
The purpose of your daily home care is to prevent dental caries (tooth decay) and gum disease.
Without good home care my treatment could fail, because of gum problems or recurring tooth decay.
Miss Jones will apply a topical fluoride to your teeth to help prevent new cavities.
That's fine, doctor.
Finally, I want to make follow-up (recall) appointments with you every 6 months for an examination and X-rays.
Also, to clean your teeth as often as it is needed. Please begin to clean the patient's teeth, Miss Jones.
Show the patient how to "brush" and use dental floss properly. I'll see you later, Mrs. Williamson.