When you lie back in your designated dental chair to get your preventive cleaning and checkup twice a year, you might spend more time with your dental hygienist than your actual dentist. Why is that?
Hygieneists play a major role in helping patients receive the dental care they need. With their expert skill in deep professional cleanings and meticulous attention to detail, they are able to take care of your smile’s basic needs and allow your dentist in Fort Walton to focus on more complex dental care, like if you need a restoration or another dental treatment or procedure.
Learn more about how hygienists help you and why you should communicate with them during your next visit in this week’s blog post.
What does a dental hygienist do for your smile?
Hygieneists have undergone important training just as any other dental professional, their specialty being in the hygiene of the smile. They focus on removing all the plaque and tartar from your smile, concentrating on areas that you can’t reach with your daily routine.
Because of their unique view of your smile, they can see your dental problems clearly. It’s important to communicate with them just as much as your dentist. In fact, you can ask them these 3 questions and learn a lot about your oral health during your next appointment.
1. What is causing your discomfort (if you have any).
If you’ve been feeling any sensitivity or dental discomfort anywhere in your mouth—even if you feel like it’s not a big deal—you should ask your hygienist about it. Small symptoms could be just the beginning of a much larger dental issue. They will be able to identify these problems and discuss them with you.
2. Are there any concerns that could affect my whole body?
Your oral health affects your overall health. In fact, in most cases your dentist or hygienist could connect the dots between an oral concern and systematic health issue. Your hygienist may recommend speaking to your regular doctor about s problem they notice in the smile, if you have any.
3. What can you do at home to improve your dental care at home?
If you really want to make a difference in your smile, you should always ask your dental hygienist how you can improve your oral health at home. They might be able to give you a hands-on demonstration of the proper techniques to use!
As you can tell, your dental hygienist is a vital part of your dental team and a helpful resource—don’t waste your time with them by not asking questions!
About Our Office
Dr. Hodges values every member that makes up our excellent dental team—especially our helpful dental hygienists. Our office takes time choosing who should be on our team so that we can provide the best dental care for our patients! When you call us to schedule your visit, you can feel confident in our whole practice from the friendly office team to the expert dentists that lead us.