The Importance of Visiting a Dental Hygienists Dentist
Visiting a dental hygienists dentist may be more important than you might think. After all, a dental hygienist plays an important role in a dental office. Not to be confused with a dental assistant, these individuals are highly trained professionals that are capable of performing certain dental procedures. Their job is to perform preventative treatments, educate the patient and also to provide treatments that prevent diseases from progressing further. A hygienist typically works under the direction of a dentist. As a team, the two are able to provide their patients with the best care possible.
A hygienist must be licensed within the state they are practicing in. In order to obtain this license, they must complete a dental hygiene program and complete both a written and clinical board exam. The requirements for licensing will vary with each state, but the dental hygiene program must be approved by the ADA (American Dental Association). As you can see, a hygienist’s job requires a great deal of technical training and education.
The Importance of a Dental Hygienists Dentist
The importance of a dental hygienist’s role is often overlooked by patients. A hygienist works together with the dentist and the office’s dental assistant to ensure that all of the patient’s needs are taken care of and any concerns are addressed. Typically, a dental hygienist is the one who is responsible for clarifying any questions that the patient may have about the treatment or procedure. It is also their job to try and make the patient feel comfortable by easing their fears about the treatment.
A dental hygienist will perform a variety of procedures and treatments related to preventative oral health care. Commonly referred to as dental prophylaxis, they typically include:
- Scaling and/or root planning. This procedure involves the removal of plaque buildup. Scaling is often referred to as dental prophylaxis, or typically “a cleaning”.
- Gum evaluations and examinations to detect gum problems as early as possible.
- Educate the patient on proper brushing and flossing techniques.
- Educate the patient on various problems that may arise due to tooth decay and gum problems.
- Polishing to remove stains from the teeth.
A hygienist will also assist in the creation of a treatment plan for the patient that will address any urgent needs. In addition to the above mentioned duties, they may also provide assistance with dental hygiene diagnosis. In this case, the hygienist will analyze data related to the patient’s condition and help create a treatment plan that will be effective. The final diagnosis and treatment course, however, will need to be approved by the dentist.
Over the course of a few months or years, the hygienist will reevaluate the patient’s condition and make adjustments should their condition change. This ensures that the patient’s needs are always being met.
A Tip from Your Dental Hygienist
Did you know that bad breath is often caused by a buildup of bacteria on your tongue? Each time you eat a meal; small particles of food are left behind on your teeth and your gums. Brushing your teeth and flossing regularly will rid your teeth and gums of bacteria. However, most people neglect to clean their tongue properly, which allows bacteria to grow and thrive on the surface of your tongue. This can be prevented with the use of a tongue scraper.
Tongue scrapers are far more effective than simply brushing your tongue with your toothbrush. The shape of the scraper can reach areas of the tongue that your toothbrush’s bristles miss. Tongue scrapers are easy to use too. Place the scraper towards the back of your tongue and drag it towards the tip of your tongue. Repeat this process until you feel satisfied. If you happen to have any open sores or cuts on your tongue, wait until they have healed before scraping again.
If you are still experiencing bad breath, you may want to speak with your dentist or dental hygienist about this issue. Dental issues like gum disease may be the root cause of the problem. In order to get the best care possible for your teeth and gums, you need to ensure that you choose a dentist who has a dental hygienist on staff.
I’m Scott Williams and I practice family and cosmetic dentistry in Greeley CO. My dental practice also serves the Eaton, Evans, Windsor, and Kersey CO areas. I invite you to discuss your dental needs by contacting us below:
Greeley, CO 80634