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What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

The Best Things Come in Pairs

Batman and Robin.

Simon and Garfunkel.

Peanut butter and jelly.

Your dentist and hygienist.

This dynamic duo may not be fighting crime on the streets of Gotham, but together, they’re protecting your oral health, one appointment at a time.

Dental Hygienists Do More Than Clean Teeth

Besides sometimes being the first person you see when you sit in the dentist’s chair, your hygienist plays many roles.

Not only do they clean your teeth, they also check your mouth for any sign of disease and educate you on proper hygiene. They’re your guides on the journey of preventative care.

Your journey begins with a very important evaluation. They will examine your mouth for any signs of oral cancer, including sores, recessed and/or bleeding gums, or any lesions. All of their findings will be documented and passed along to your dentist who will determine the right treatment plan.

If you need x-rays, your hygienist may be the one to take them. They will also pass these on to the dentist for them to review so that they can get to the bottom of any underlying issues.

While cleaning your teeth is a small part of what they do, it is an important part. They use various tools to get rid of plaque and stains that have accumulated on your teeth. If you have any questions about flossing your teeth, or you need someone to show you how to do it properly, this is the time to ask. Once your pearly whites have been flossed to perfection, they’ll finish with a polish followed by a fluoride treatment to keep your enamel in pristine condition.

Before you leave to show your smile off to the world, your hygienist will leave you with a parting gift. They’ll teach you the best ways to maintain your oral health at home so you don’t have to sit in the dentist’s chair more than necessary: how to properly brush (yes, there’s a right way to brush and you may be doing it wrong) and floss for the best results. They may also give you advice on which foods to add or remove from your diet for the healthiest teeth and gums.

Are You Looking for an Experienced Dental Hygienist in Kanata or Ottawa?

If you’re searching for someone to guide you on the journey to a healthy mouth and gums, look no further than Dr. Andrea Stevens. She and her team will have your mouth feeling healthy and clean in no time.

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