When you go to the dentist, you may feel like they are not giving you all the attention you need for your situation; it seems the hygienist spends more time with you than the doctor does. However, the truth of the matter is that the hygienist is an important part of your dental health. Take a few minutes to consider the following before you feel unimportant to the dentist.
It is important that the dentist gets a clear view of all your teeth. Sometimes, tartar and plaque block that view. The hygienist cleans your teeth all the way down to the gum line and even underneath it so that any tiny holes, or cavities, can be seen. While they are cleaning, they also pay attention to how you respond to the work being done. If they notice you cringing or pulling away, it could be because the area is sensitive and may have an underlying issue that cannot be seen easily. The hygienist will then make note of this so the dentist can look at the area closer.
It is important that you understand how to properly clean your teeth so that food particles do not sit in your mouth and cause cavities or infections. This is something the hygienist is trained to do. They learn the best ways to teach you so that you will understand and be better equipped to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They will show you, explain things, and then have you show them that you understand and can do what is necessary on a regular basis.
Preparing You for Different Procedures
When there are problems in your mouth that the dentist needs to take care of, the hygienist will make sure that everything is ready for the procedures to be done. They will take x-rays of your mouth and teeth so the problems can be pinpointed, explain what is going to be done, and may even administer anesthetics to help reduce any pain during the procedures.
If everything was done by the dentist, you would have to wait much longer for an appointment because there is not enough time for them to do everything for all their patients every day. The hygienists are trained to assist the doctors and make sure everything goes smoothly during your appointment. Think of them the way you would a nurse in your primary-care physician's office. They allow your dentist to take care of you in the best way possible while providing you with the extra attention you need to make things comfortable. Talk to them to learn more about general dentistry.