It’s National Dental Hygiene Month! And who’s one of the first friendly faces you see when you come in for your appointment? A dental hygienist.
Our dental hygienists work hard to make sure that your smile is clean, and that you’re prepared for any treatments you have planned with us. They help monitor your oral health, take x-rays of your teeth, and more. Let’s take a look at why seeing a dental hygienist is a crucial part of your cleaning appointments.
A big difference between dentists and dental hygienists is the amount of education and training that is needed. Dentists endure many years of school, especially when going into a specific dental field. Dental hygienists typically only need a two-year associate’s degree and certification to get started with their dental careers.
Like any other medical or dental student, a hygienist goes through both classroom studies and clinical training, mostly on-site at the schools themselves. To become a licensed dental hygienist, they must complete a written test and a clinical exam to demonstrate their competence.
However, a dental hygienist cannot replace your dentist. Your dentist will be the one performing fillings, root canals, crafting dental devices, and more. But your dental hygienist can help you care for your smile in the smaller ways, such as proper brushing and flossing techniques for example.
A dental hygiene appointment is not just a quick cleaning and check-up by your dentist. There’s a whole lot more that needs to be looked after!
A dental hygienist is always there to answer your oral health questions. Whether you need advice on what toothbrush is best, what mouthwash to use, or how to floss better, a dental hygienist can help. But why is hygiene so important?
Your teeth may be one of the hardest substances in your body, but they are still susceptible to the smallest invaders in cavity-causing bacteria. These bacteria can also infect your gums and cause redness, swelling, bleeding, and more. Since your gums are part of the infrastructure that holds your teeth in place, the deterioration of these vital tissues can spell trouble for your smile.
Patients who neglect their oral health either don’t brush and floss regularly, or have a fear of the dentist. As a result, they may avoid the dentist, but this can be even more damaging. Bacteria and food particles can fester, damaged teeth can become necrotized, or your teeth could yellow and darken from stains. Dentists and dental hygienists have the tools and treatments that can repair minor damage to your teeth, so you can avoid more extensive and expensive procedures in the future.
If patients still avoid visiting the dentist, they may experience a side effect known as tooth loss. When tooth loss occurs, it can be difficult for a patient to regain that confidence they once had. Losing teeth can also negatively impact your oral health, leaving your mouth exposed to bacteria and possible infections. Over time, your jawbone could start to deteriorate without the stimulation of your teeth. But here at Dental Smiles at Dacula, we have a few treatments and dental devices to set you on your way to oral health success again.
Here are just a few examples.
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Now that you’ve seen why it’s so important that you care for your smile, we invite patients to contact us to schedule a visit with Dr. Shah and our team. We understand that a dental hygiene visit can sometimes feel intimidating or embarrassing, but our team of hygienists strives to make you feel comfortable in our office and with our treatments. We proudly serve patients in the Dacula, GA area and beyond, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.