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
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
Karen J.
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
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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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