The Important Role Dental Hygienists Play in Your Oral Health

The Important Role Dental Hygienists Play in Your Oral Health

Our dentists and team at Dental Care of Madison are grateful for our dental hygienists. We want to recognize and highlight their vital role in every patient's oral health. These skilled professionals work alongside our dentists to provide preventive services to keep your smile bright, healthy, and free from disease.

The Role of Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists are integral to any dental office. They are highly trained to provide patient care and support to prevent dental problems. The following are some critical roles dental hygienists play in keeping our patients smiling their best:

Teeth Cleanings: Dental hygienists are experts at providing preventive care like dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Routine professional cleanings have been shown to significantly lower the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and other oral health problems, preventing the need for extensive dental treatments down the road.

Fluoride Application: Fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel, lowering the risk of cavities. Better yet, it helps remineralize the teeth, reversing early tooth decay. We often recommend the application of this cavity-fighting mineral after having the teeth professionally cleaned.

Dental Screenings: Dental hygienists help screen our valued patients for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health concerns before being seen by our dentists. They can help identify problems early on, ensuring prompt treatment.

Patient Education: Our dental hygienists take time to discuss home oral hygiene practices for long-term healthy smiles. They are always happy to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and offer tips to help our valued patients keep dental disease at bay.

Deep Dental Cleanings: Deep dental cleanings, known as scaling and root planing, are the first line of defense against periodontal or gum disease. Dental hygienists have the skill and incredible attention to detail to perform these intricate cleanings while minimizing patient discomfort.

Dental X-Rays: Dental hygienists are trained to take dental x-rays as a standard component of preventive dental care. Dental x-rays reveal problems not visible between or inside the teeth and under the gums, allowing for prompt treatment and enhancing your oral health.

Patient Records: Dental hygienists work behind the scenes to keep our patient records in order. From updating medical histories to recording treatment plans and documenting procedures, dental hygienists ensure our dentists have the information they need to provide high-quality care to new and returning patients.

Celebrating Our Dental Hygienists

We invite you to contact Dental Care of Madison to schedule your dental exam and cleaning. Our dental hygienists, dentists, and the entire team look forward to caring for your smile. We are committed to providing comprehensive dental services to help our patients maintain long-term healthy smiles! We invite you to call us at (601) 898-9390 to schedule an appointment or request one online today!