Throughout your years of attending your biannual appointments, getting restorative care, and undergoing cosmetic treatment, you’ve likely gotten to know your dental hygienist quite a bit. And although they play a crucial role in your oral health, they are typically only known for providing thorough teeth cleanings. In reality, they do much, much more! Read on as a dentist in Medford provides an inside look at a day in the life of your dental hygienist.
#1. Routine Screenings
One of the biggest responsibilities that dental hygienists handle is patient screenings. Before the dentist comes in, they will welcome you, conduct a quick dental exam, take X-rays (if needed), and form an initial opinion on the condition of your teeth and gums. Whether they discover a severe case of gum disease or your oral health is in pristine condition, they will share their findings with your dentist before they complete their exam.
#2. Oral Health Education
Although a solid oral hygiene routine should begin from an early age and last a lifetime, not all patients are aware of how to properly care for their teeth, leading to decay, infection, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, that’s where dental hygienists come in! They have completed extensive education and training on everything from proper brushing techniques to preventing cavities, making them an extremely valuable resource at your biannual appointments.
#3. Patient Counseling
Dental-related anxiety is extremely common, causing many patients to go for months or years without treatment. If this sounds all too familiar, then you may feel especially nervous sitting in the treatment chair or waiting for the dentist to come in. The good news is that your dental hygienist (and the whole dental team for that matter) isn’t interested in passing judgment. Instead, they will go above and beyond to answer any questions you have and make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
As mentioned above, dental hygienists are typically remembered as the professionals responsible for teeth cleanings, but their role in your treatment goes far beyond that. From removing stubborn plaque and providing fluoride treatments to applying sealants, dental hygienists spend their day helping each patient get the unique dental care they need for pristine oral health and a beautiful smile.
Now you know a bit more about how important dental hygienists are! Whether you are interested in learning about caring for your smile or need a little extra support in the treatment chair, they are the unsung heroes that make it all happen.
About the Author
Dr. Anthony Giamberardino’s career in dentistry began back in 1985 when he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Over the past 30+ years, he has received the Harvard Community Health Plan DIAMOND AWARD, become a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and maintained an active membership with the American Dental Association (just a few of his many accomplishments). If you are overdue for your routine checkup and cleaning, have a toothache, or want to learn more about our team, visit our website or give us a call at 781-396-3800.