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Dental hygienists help maintain your teeth and gums


If you think that brushing your teeth once or twice a day – with occasional flossing – will keep your teeth in tip-top condition, think again. To maintain good dental health, you would need to complement these at-home oral hygiene routines with regular visits to your dentist or dental hygienist.


While many people would only think of seeing a dentist when a tooth hurts, it is actually more effective – both cost- and health-wise – to upkeep an active oral hygiene maintenance program with your dentist or dental hygienist to prevent similar occurrences.


Family dental clinics that take their preventative work seriously would often employ a dental hygienist to strategize and run their hygiene programs. Dental hygienists possess the credentials, training and education to carry out clinical and non-clinical tasks that are specific to oral hygiene maintenance. While a dentist’s main focus is to restore health and beauty to your teeth, a dental hygienist’s job is to help keep your teeth in good repair with a preventative outlook.


Contrary to popular misconception, dental hygienists do more than teach your kids how to brush. In fact, they assume a variety of clinical, support as well as hands-on functions. To become a qualified dental hygienist, one is required to finish an accredited dental hygiene program that takes between 2-3 years. Some even go on to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene, which includes courses in hygiene theory and oral anatomy.


A dental hygienist is trained to perform specific chair-side procedures like tartar and plaque removal, utilizing rotary and ultrasonic hand-held instruments. They take x-rays to check the state of your gums and periodontal health. Dental hygienists keep track of your dental progress by recording any disease or abnormalities, based on the dentist’s oral examination results. They educate you on the best oral hygiene methods and preventative measures that will minimize the probability of dental ailments like gum diseases and tooth decays. These may include the illustration and explanation of “quit smoking” and nutrition-based programs. And yes, they also teach your kids how to properly brush and floss.


All these tasks and responsibilities show the unique contributions of dental hygienists towards the clinic that prides itself on delivering top-notch dental care with an active preventative program. It is true that prevention is better than cure. It is thus fair to assume that a dental practice that believes in preventative dentistry is concerned about the long-term wellbeing of their patients, as opposed to one that simply administers treatments as and when a dental problem arises.  


Don’t leave your dental health to chance. Find the right dental partner to jumpstart an active oral maintenance program today! If you are interested to learn more about what an active preventative program can do for you, call +61(3) 53649555 to book an appointment with our in-house dental hygienist. For more info, visit dentistryatballarat.com.au


Why do you take an hour for the first exam, when other dentists don’t? Why do I need to see a hygienist? Can’t the dentist just clean my teeth? Will they cost more? I haven’t been to a dentist in years & I’m worried about what they might find. What’s the difference between a porcelain filling
and a cheaper one?
How do our dentists look
aftertheir own teeth?
Why do I need X-rays?
Do they do me any harm?
If it isn’t currently broken,
do I need to get it fixed?