Even though it’s called a “dentist’s office,” certainly there are other people at that location who work hard to help your oral health. There’s a friendly front desk team, a knowledgeable treatment coordinator, a talented dental assistant, and, of course, an exceptional dental hygienist. Their essential role in maintaining your happy, healthy smile often goes unnoticed, which is why celebrating National Dental Hygienists Week (April 4-10) is meaningful. Keep reading as your dentist in Sachse explains why dental hygienists deserve recognition.
They Provide the Comfort of a Familiar Face
Even attending your routine dental checkups and cleanings can be anxiety-inducing when a stranger is poking around in your mouth. So, when you find a dental hygienist who you click with, you want to stay with them for as long as possible! Seeing their familiar face at each appointment can make your six-month visits less stressful and more enjoyable which makes taking care of your teeth and gums that much easier.
They Can Save You a Ton of Money on Dental Bills
Simply put, your dental hygienist is your first line of defense when it comes to preventing dental problems or catching them in the early stages. Thanks to their thorough checkups and cleanings, they can ward off decay, stop surface stains from developing, and clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. A recent report from the Journal of Dental Medicine concluded that preventive measures like these can save you up to $12,000 on restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the long run!
They Care a lot About Helping Patients
You can tell when a person is passionate, meticulous, and attentive regarding their profession vs. when someone is just going through the motions. Certainly, the person on autopilot is not someone you want to entrust your oral health with. Fortunately, the vast majority of dental hygienists complete their studies, undergo additional training, and spend most of their week in the dental practice because they are dedicated to helping others have a fully functional, absolutely beautiful smile.
Their Efforts to Learn Never Cease
With dentistry (and the world in general) advancing significantly each year, it is more important than ever for dental hygienists to stay at the forefront of their field. By committing to continuing education, earning additional certifications, and staying current on the latest in proven dental technology, they can provide quality care that is safe, efficient, and more enjoyable for each patient.
Your dental hygienist is dedicated to keeping your smile in optimal condition year after year. So, early April provides a fantastic opportunity to show your gratitude during National Dental Hygienists Week. Ask your dentist in Sachse what ideas they have on how to say thanks!
About the Author
Dr. Travis Rottman strives to provide optimal dental care to patients of all ages in Sachse, Wylie, Murphy, and surrounding communities. Dr. Rottman earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry. He maintains membership in the Academy of General Dentistry. He would love for you to thank his dental hygienists for their efforts during your next checkup and cleaning. You can schedule one on his website or call (972) 848-0073.