What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

Most modern dental practices have a dental hygienist on staff. Why? This dental health discipline is more important than you might think. After rigorous study in the specific field of dental hygiene, your dental hygienist is uniquely qualified to spot not only signs of danger to your oral health but also conditions that may be causing you discomfort.

Here are some of the vital checks your dental hygienist performs during your visit:

  •       Gum health check. Whether or not you brush and floss daily, it is still possible for gums to develop issues that need to be dealt with. If you have sore or bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, or notice the gums shrinking away from the teeth, you need to visit your dental hygienist for a checkup.
  •       Causes of halitosis. Bad breath as it’s more commonly known usually has a culprit. Your dental hygienist can deduce the problem and help correct it.
  •       General dental health check. After cleaning tartar from your teeth and gums, your dental hygienist will look for early warning signs that could lead to problems later on. These could be tooth decay, broken or loose fillings, infection, or signs of cancer. Oral cancer can be cured in most cases if detected early.
  •       Deep cleaning. It doesn’t matter how meticulous you think you are with brushing and flossing, you are missing some things. Your dental hygienist can remove hidden food particles and other trapped matter that could cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Regular dental visits should include a session with your dental hygiene professional. For more information on our hygienist services or to book an appointment, contact Mountain Town Dental today.