When you visit the dentist, you’ll likely spend more time with your hygienist. Using specialized tools, dental hygienists give your teeth the deep clean they need every 6 months. But why aren’t at-home brushing and flossing enough? Here’s how hygienists help at a checkup:
1. Assess Your Oral Health
In addition to giving your teeth a deep clean, your dental hygienist tracks your dental history; takes X-rays; and screens for oral cancer. Poor oral health can be a predictor of underlying diseases such as diabetes, leukemia, oral cancer and more. Hygienists can spot potential problems and point them out to the dentist for further assessment.
2. Assist in Preventive Care
You may be brushing and flossing at home, but their tools remove plaque and tartar build up. Additional services, such as sealants and fluoride treatments, help prevent cavities and make enamel resistant to decay. Talk to your dentist’s office to see if these services are available, and be sure to check your dental benefits to know your coverage.
3. Advance Your Education
Oral health changes as we age and dental professionals are there to help. From answering questions to offering insight, dental hygienists work to keep patients informed.
Now you have a glimpse of the importance of the dental hygienist role and why it’s important to schedule regular check-ups.