Townie® Poll

Dental Hygiene Diagnosis

Poll conducted from 11/24/2007 To 12/19/2007

Do you provide a dental hygiene diagnosis for your patients?
240 total votes
83%
a. Yes
17%
b. No
Do you do a head and neck oral cancer exam?
205 total votes
48%
a. Yes, on every patient.
14%
b. Yes, once a year on my patients.
38%
c. No, the dentist does the head and neck oral cancer exam.
Do you use any oral cancer screening technology?
74 total votes
53%
a. Yes, Visilite.
14%
b. Yes, Velscope.
19%
c. Yes, CDX.
15%
d. I use a combination of the above technologies.
Do you determine the periodontal needs of the patient?
211 total votes
88%
a. Yes, I determine the periodontal needs for the patient.
12%
b. No, the dentist determines the periodontal needs for the patient.
Do you determine the amount of time required for periodontal therapy?
210 total votes
90%
a. Yes, I determine the time required.
10%
b. No, the dentist determines the time required.
Do you inform patients if they have periodontal disease?
209 total votes
96%
a. Yes, I discuss periodontal disease with patients.
4%
b. No, the dentist discusses periodontal disease with patients.
Do you discuss the periodontal treatment?
210 total votes
94%
a. Yes, I discuss this with the patients.
6%
b. No, the dentist discusses with the patient the treatment I will provide.
Do you assign a periodontal case type for your patients?
209 total votes
59%
a. Yes
41%
b. No
Does your office use DNA testing of subgingival bacteria?
208 total votes
3%
a. Yes
82%
b. No
15%
c. I haven't heard of DNA testing.
Do you use a sharp explorer to check for caries lesions?
208 total votes
76%
a. Yes
24%
b. No
Do you use radiographs to check for bone loss and caries lesions?
211 total votes
99%
a. Yes
1%
b. No
Do you use the KaVo DIAGNOdent or another piece of technology to check for caries lesions?
210 total votes
38%
a. Yes
62%
b. No
Does the dentist ask “What did you find?” after examining a hygiene patient?
209 total votes
83%
a. Yes
17%
b. No
What is your profession?
211 total votes
98%
a. RDH
0%
b. DDS/DMD
1%
c. Student
0%
d. Team Member
What is your practice setting?
210 total votes
89%
a. General
2%
b. Periodontal
0%
c. Pediatric
1%
d. Prosthodontic
0%
e. Orthodontic
1%
f. Public Health
7%
g. Other
If you are an RDH, how many years of experience do you have?
205 total votes
25%
a. 1-5 years
16%
b. 6-10 years
12%
c. 11-15 years
11%
d. 16-20 years
22%
e. 21-30 years
14%
f. More than 30 years

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