Do You Know What Your Dental Hygienist Does?

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When you enter the office of Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center, you will see many professionals in our office who help you in achieving and maintaining your oral health and wellness. While the first face you see is that of our front desk staff, you will have other encounters with professionals once you are brought back to the treatment rooms. Our dental hygienists are professionals that can help get you settled in your seat and ready for your dental work. If you are interested in learning more about the job of our dental hygienists, now is a great time to visit for your cleaning and evaluation to educate yourself further!

Do You Know What Your Dental Hygienist Does?

Your dental hygienist is one of many professionals you will encounter during your visit to the dental office. These men and women are trained to understand how the teeth and gums function, how they can become diseased, and how they can be prevented from disease.

Each dental hygienist has a specific set of responsibilities as part of their job in the dental office. Some of these include:

  • Helping patients feel comfortable during their visit by explaining procedures and answering questions
  • Taking x-rays of each patient’s mouth so that your dentist can see what is going on below the surface of your teeth and gums
  • Cleaning teeth both above and below the gum line in order to remove plaque buildup, tartar, stains, infected tissue, or other materials that may have built up over time to prevent decay or gum disease from developing
  • Assessing the risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay by looking at your mouth and taking into account your health history and current habits that may put you at a higher risk for problems like cavities, plaque buildup, tartar buildup, etc.

As you can see, dental hygienists are incredibly important in ensuring the health of your teeth and gums. If you have any questions about their role in the dental office, don’t hesitate to ask them when you visit Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA!

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