Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

Understand the Inner Workings of a Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygiene

A dental hygienist is a special kind of person. It takes compassion to be sensitive to the fear some people experience when they go to the dentist. It takes stamina to spend hours leaning over patients. It takes manual dexterity and attention to detail to perform teeth cleaning and other dental procedures. And it takes excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with patients and co-workers alike.

Teeth cleaning is the specialty of a dental hygienist, so they focus on removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. They also polish teeth to remove stains and restore the enamel’s luster. A dental hygienist also makes prevention a priority, so besides teeth cleaning, they perform examinations to detect signs of dental problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay. They often take X-rays to check for problems with the teeth and jaw.

Another role of the dental hygienist is patient education, providing information about proper dental care practices. A dental hygienist helps patients develop and maintain good dental health habits, from recommending the right dental care tools to warnings about the foods and drinks that cause dental damage.

A dental hygienist needs special training. Private dental practices require that a dental hygienist has at least an associate’s degree or certificate in dental hygiene. A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree is typically needed for teaching, research, or clinical practice in public health programs. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed, but each state’s requirements vary.

Working with your dentist in Abington, the dental hygienist specializes in teeth cleaning, but they really do so much more to help prevent dental health problems.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Dr. Machlus, did a great job on my teeth. His craftsmanship speaks for itself. It needs no Introduction. The receptionist and aides were outstanding as well. On top there job…not a moment to spare. […]
Donald B.
Did a very professional job. The quality of work was really good and I am satisfied.
Jonathan R.
Fast, compassionate care.
Arthur V.
I have trust and confidence with Dr Finkelman. And the hygentist always does a nice job.
Jennife D.
I’ve been going to this office for many years . Service has always been exceptional! Dr finkelman is awesome!
Janice H.
Very efficient office. Good work on all types of services.
Kathleen H.
Dr Finkelman is awesome friendly and super professional
Mary J.
It was an extremely positive experience. Everyone was friendly and made me feel welcomed. The doctor was wonderful, would definitely recommend this practice to anyone looking for a dentist in the […]
Marie S.
My hygenist is wonderful. Friendly, efficient and painless. Everyone here is really nice.
Gilbert C.
Caring doctor & timely appointments
Robert B.
Being terrified of the dentist, I have never ever said this before, but I had a very pleasant dental experience with Dr. Machlus,, and this was for a root canal,,, not an easy thing to walk away from […]
Randi M.
Everyone is very warm and friendly. They take the time to explain.
Amber R.
very friendly and the hygenist made me feel at ease
Gilbert C.
Great hygienist. Friendly staff. Dr Finkleman is very thorough and easy to talk with.
Lynn L.
My experience with this office was the best I have ever had… I love this dentist
Gail D.
The staff is very friendly, the doctors took the time to make my children feel relaxed and answered all their questions
Georgette C.
They treated me with respect. Everyone was nice. I am scared to death of the dentist but they made me feel comfortable.
Tamika B.
Have always had a pleasant experience there. They keep you well-informed as to work being done and are respectful of people’s sensitivity pertaining to visiting the dentist.
Crystal S.
I have always received great treatment and never had to wait after my appointment time.
Shawneac P.
The staff is great. I actually enjoy going to the dentist at that office
Chris P.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (215) 310-5826
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