So, you’ve heard the term ‘dental hygienists’ but, do you have any clue as to what they actually do? You may have even been treated by one without knowing it…
Put simply, dental hygienists help dentists to treat patients. They’re a registered dental care provider, oral health educator and clinical operator. They should always work under the supervision of a dentist and are trained to do specific clinical procedures with the aim to prevent dental disease.
Our dental hygienists here at NovaDental (ask at your local clinic for more) are great team players, fantastic at what they do and they’re great communicators.
Below, we’ve listed some of the tasks of dental hygienists may perform:
- Guide patients as to how to look after their teeth and mouth after visiting the dentist.
- Help to educate people (including kids) about dental health, focusing on plaque control, oral hygiene and nutrition.
- Form impressions of patients’ mouths so that study casts and mouthguards can be constructed.
- Assist with the prevention and control of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Remove tartar, stains and plaque from teeth.
- Assess and record oral health conditions and plan treatments.
This is a general rundown as to the tasks typically performed by dental hygienist.
Feel free to ask for more information at your local NovaDental clinic. You can reach us on: 1300 584 143