Dentists get a lot of credit for keeping teeth and gums healthy, but they aren’t the only ones to promote healthy smiles. Your dental hygienist is an invaluable member of your oral health team. They are licensed healthcare professionals who must complete a 2-3 year dental hygiene program accredited by the American Dental Association. A dental hygienist works closely with your dentist to keep your mouth healthy. Here are 5 reasons to show your hygienist a little appreciation.
1. First to Look at Your Mouth
Your dental hygienist is the first person to take a look at your mouth. They can detect certain issues and relay the information to your dentist, like gum inflammation or tartar buildup. You’ll have another set of eyes monitoring your mouth to ensure nothing is overlooked.
2. Promote Dental Hygiene
Dental hygienists are specialists in oral hygiene. They remove plaque and tartar and polish your teeth, but they also learn a lot about your dental habits at home. They can tell you where you need to brush better or how to floss correctly to prevent dental problems. Your dental hygienist can give you inside tips to keep preventable dental problems at bay, like tooth decay and gum disease. Not only will you safeguard your smile, but lower your overall dental expenses.
3. X-Rays, Impressions, and More
Dental hygienists do more than just clean and polish your teeth. They also take X-rays, impressions, and other diagnostic services to ensure your dentist has a complete picture of your oral health.
4. Perform Preventive and Non-Surgical Treatments
Dental hygienists are qualified to perform many non-surgical procedures, like fluoride varnish, dental sealants, and other preventive services. They will also work closely with your dentist during procedures to lend an extra hand to streamline your care.
5. Enhance Communication
Your dental hygienist is a personal liaison between you and your dentist. They will relay information to ensure there is clear communication. They can also answer your questions and provide you with aftercare instructions.
A dental hygienist is more than just a friendly face. They are an asset to your dental team to ensure your mouth stays healthy. They’ll help you invest in healthy teeth and gums using a personalized treatment plan.
About Dr. Rodney L. Allen
Dr. Allen is an award-winning dentist with over 20 years of experience. He earned his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in various specialties. He works closely with his dental staff to provide the best care possible. If you need a cleaning and checkup, request an appointment through our website or call (720) 744-3698.