Dental hygienists play a pivotal role in protecting a patient’s oral health and well-being. The keyword to what a dental hygienist does is prevention.

Your Mission pediatric dentists at Heroes Dental would like to inform you on the importance of dental hygienists and what they do. 

What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

Whether it’s time for a regular check-up or you’re visiting your local dentist with a concern, typically the first person you will come into contact with is a dental hygienist. Dental hygienists specialize in preventive care, preventative care education, and helping you to keep your teeth shimmering white.

Oral Screening and Medical History

Initially, a dental hygienist will ask about your dental or oral history before starting any procedures. This is to get a better understanding of previous procedures, your overall health, and as a preventative measure to protect you should an emergency occur. 

After reviewing a patient’s dental history, a dental hygienist will then examine their mouth, teeth, and gums. At this point, the dental hygienist is inspecting for any gum disease or rotting teeth. 

The oral screening doesn’t take long but is an important part of your visit to catch any symptoms of something that can lead to serious problems if not taken care of relatively soon. 

Administer Teeth Cleaning and Whitening 

Most commonly, dental hygienists are the ones to perform the teeth cleaning procedure, and to aid in the removal of plaque and tartar. They are capable of using many tools and have a great understanding of the strategies to effectively remove stains and any buildup you may have on your teeth. 

They perform many of the preventative measures needed to avoid disease, cavities, and tooth decay.

Detecting Problems Via X-Ray

Furthering their role in preventative care, dental hygienists may take X-rays to check for anything that may cause pressing problems, such as tumors, cavities, diseases, or infections.  

If you show signs of having an oral health problem, the dental hygienist will then consult with the dentist on how to treat the issue. 

Share Knowledge of Preventative Care

Dental hygienists are also educators on developing and maintaining healthy oral hygiene. They inform patients about preventative techniques that can help them to maintain healthy hygiene in-between appointments. 

Dental hygienists are advocates for informing patients on how to maintain impeccable oral hygiene to prevent any medical issues that can occur when a solid oral health routine is not in place. They can demonstrate the right way to brush and floss, and teach you why these habits are important in preventing damage to your teeth and gums. 

Boost Oral Care Habits 

Don’t be shy to ask your dental hygienist about any questions or concerns you may have; you can ask them questions about what toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss are best for you. 

Dental hygienists can also suggest foods or diets that are best for your oral health. Your oral health is essential to your overall health so it is of utmost importance you stay informed on how to maintain it. 

Create Dental Records 

After a dental hygienist finishes screening, cleaning, and educating, they document their findings and communicate them to the dentist. The dental hygienist will reveal to you if anything is abnormal and prepare you for what the dentist will do. 

The diagnosis and procedure will be documented in your dental record created by the dental hygienist. 

Mission Pediatrics Dentists and Dental Hygienist Have You Covered

The Mission pediatrics dentist and dental hygienist at Heroes Dental care about you and your family’s oral health. Our team at Heroes Dental is here to ensure your smile stays beautiful and healthy. 

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