While dentists are a huge part of keeping your teeth healthy, hygienists are important members of the dental team that make sure your visit goes smoothly and you walk out with a stunning, clean smile. At Dr. Harry Albers, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, your Santa Rosa dentist wants to recognize these unsung heroes and make sure you know how they help keep your teeth healthy.
What It Takes To Become A Hygienist
Most dental hygienists receive an associate’s degree that allows them to take national, regional, or state licensure exams. Once they pass these exams, they are allowed to practice in dental offices. Bachelors and masters degree are also available at university-based dental hygiene programs. These additional years of schooling are often times used to allow hygienists to expand beyond just practicing in a dental office. These degrees are usually required for teaching, research, clinical practice in schools or public health.
What Does A Hygienist Do?
The true unsung hero of the dental office is your hygienist. Whether you realize it or not, they play a huge role in your dental care. They work hard to make sure you leave the office feeling your best. Their duties include:
- Screening patients for oral health conditions
- Taking and developing dental x rays and charting teeth
- Cleaning and applying sealants and fluoride treatments to teeth
- Taking impressions or molds for creating dental devices
- Documentation and other patient management tasks
Hygienists are important in keeping your teeth clean as well as being the first one to notice if issues or complications are damaging your oral health. If you’re in need of a cleaning or any other service our incredible Santa Rosa dental hygienists can help. Our hygienists will make sure your smile is strong and healthy. Contact us and make an appointment or if you have any questions.