When the dentist comes into the room to do an exam while the hygienist is cleaning teeth, they must follow a set protocol. This is to expedite the conversation and the transfer of information. The hygienist must complete the proper set of questions and explore the patient’s goals during the first ten minutes of the cleaning appointment. When the dentist walks in, in addition to reintroducing the dentist again to the patient, the hygienist needs to lay the foundation and pave the way for the dentist to have an educated, well-prepared patient who has the optimal help option explained to them.  This not only makes the dentist’s job easier, but it also allows them to have a more thorough and comprehensive conversation with the patient.

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