What Do Dental Hygienists Do?

Dental Hygienists are Preventive Specialists

As part of patient care services, dental hygienists may:

perform oral health care assessments that include reviewing patients' health history, dental charting, oral cancer screening, taking and recording blood pressure and oral periodontal disease evaluations.

Expose, process and interpret dental x-rays;  remove plaque and calculus (tartar)- soft and hard deposits- from above and below the gumline.

Apply cavity-preventive agents such as fluorides and sealants on the teeth;

Teach patients on proper oral hygiene techniques to maintain healthy teeth and gums, this includes plaque control and individualized at-home oral hygiene care/programs;

Counsel patients on good nutrition, smoking cessation, motivating and encouraging patients in on going disease prevention.

Dental Hygienists are attitude adjustment Specialists

Dental Hygienists do not just 'fix' a problem.  A Dental Hygienist must take care to teach without 'talking down' to the patient. 

The Hygienist must be authentic in educating the patient but encouraging in changing habits.

Dental Hygienists do more than just 'Clean Teeth'

Do you need some great encouragement on cleaning your teeth and gum?  When was the last time your Dental Hygienist helped you improve your dental homecare routine?   Give Cheryl a phone call at Dental Fitness & Spa.  She can help you help yourself with a great and easy home care dental routine.  




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