3 Reasons to Appreciate Your Amazing Dental Hygienist!

April 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dudleyfamilydental @ 5:03 pm
a banner celebrating dental hygienist week

In the realm of dentistry, dental hygienists often play a crucial yet understated role. While dentists typically get the spotlight, it’s the dental hygienists who work tirelessly to ensure our oral health remains in top-notch condition. As we celebrate National Dental Hygienist Week this April, it’s the perfect time to shine a light on these unsung heroes of healthcare. Here are a few reasons why we should appreciate our dental hygienists and all that they do!

1. They Protect Your Smile from Various Threats

Even though your dentist’s name is the one on the door of the building, you’ll spend quite a bit of time with the hygienist team. They’re responsible for various duties throughout a patient’s visit, including taking X-rays, carrying out oral cancer screenings and teeth cleanings, assisting with sedation and anesthesia, and ultimately acting as both an emissary and supporter to the dentist. They’re skilled at identifying potential issues, even those that are well-hidden, and also quite savvy at assisting with treatment. Their expertise helps us maintain healthy teeth and gums, ultimately contributing to our overall wellness.

2. The Comfort and Assurance They Provide Is Unmatched

Not everyone is ecstatic about visiting the dentist—and some patients are even so reluctant to go that they end up putting off necessary dental care! Dental hygienists possess a unique ability to put patients at ease with their compassionate demeanor and gentle touch. Their calming presence creates a welcoming environment, making appointments a more comfortable experience for all parties involved! The bond created between patients and hygienists is unique; this personal relationship can be a driving force as to why patients remain with that particular practice!

3. They’re Highly Educated & Willing to Share Their Knowledge

Dental hygienists must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program and pass both a challenging clinical exam, along with a written board exam, to obtain their license to practice. They also much regularly complete continuing education requirements to stay up-to-date with the latest practices, techniques and technologies. But all of this isn’t just for their benefit—it’s for yours, too! Dental hygienists take the time to educate patients on proper oral hygiene techniques, as well as other things pertaining to maintaining dental wellness. Through informative discussions and demonstrations, they empower us to take control of our oral health and establish good habits for life!

About the Practice

Our talented team here at Dudley Family Dental has proudly served the needs of patients and families in the Dudley, MA community for several years, and we look forward to working with you and your family toward achieving and maintaining radiantly healthy smiles! If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to get in touch with our team to set up an appointment, feel free to visit us online or call us today for assistance. Telephone: (508) 943-7001.  

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