The age old question: What exactly does a Dental Hygienist look for when cleaning your mouth? It’s more than just an examination of your teeth and gums! Generally speaking, a hygienist takes and develops x-rays, applies sealants and fluoride, documents treatment planning and patient care, and they also remove tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth (“Bureau of Labor Statistics”, 2015). Moreover, hygienists also report their findings to the dentist and perform oral cancer screenings to check for any oral or pharyngeal abnormalities.
Besides removing soft and hard deposits of plaque, a hygienist’s responsibilities also include: educating patients about good oral care–brushing and flossing twice a day as well as using mouthwash for those hard to reach places! If you so desire, hygienists can also provide suggestions for tooth brushes and other oral care appliances.
Here at D.A.G. (Dental Arts Group), we differentiate our hygienists care from other dental practices. We strive to center our approach around our patients by treating them as though they’re our own family in an honest and compassionate environment. Our mission is to get to know our patients not just professionally, but personally, so we can better understand and tailor our treatment to each patients’ specific needs. If you are not a current patient at our office, please call or email today for more information–We look forward to meeting you!
“What Dental Hygienists Do.” Bureau of Labor Statistics. United States Department of Labor, 17 Dec. 2015. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.