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Your dental hygienist’s role in your oral health

Your daily dental hygiene practices–brushing and flossing twice a day every day–are very important for keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. But there’s only so much you can do at home. That’s why today we’re talking about how your dental hygienist is an irreplaceable addition to your dental hygiene. 

What is a dental hygienist?

Dental hygienists are “licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases – both to protect teeth and gums, and also to protect patients’ total health.” Their role is vital to your understanding of dental hygiene and the state of your dental and oral health. 

A dental hygienist has some important tasks to do and record so your dentist can provide you with the best overall care. Some of the tasks your dental hygienist is responsible for are:

  • Handling and interpreting your dental x-rays; 
  • Carrying out teeth cleanings
  • Applying fluoride and sealants; 
  • Performing your oral health care assessments, including reviewing your health history, dental charting, gum health evaluation, and oral cancer screening; 
  • Providing patient education about daily dental hygiene. 

Besides their in-office duties, your dental hygienist’s most important job is to make sure you have the information and tools you need to take care of your teeth and gums at home. They will be happy to demonstrate correct brushing and flossing techniques and answer your questions about maintaining oral health. They can also help address special concerns such as tooth sensitivity or caring for dental restorations.

How often should I see my dental hygienist?

Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will help your smile last a lifetime. At Flawless Dental, we recommend coming to an appointment with your dental hygienist every six months. Are you due for a check-up? Request an appointment with your hygienist today.