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Who Is a Dental Hygienist?

A dental hygienist, sometimes called an oral hygienist, is a licensed dental professional and is registered with the dental association or regulatory agency in his country. A dental hygienist is an oral health professional who teaches proper oral hygiene, performs patient assessments, oral exams, and dental cleaning. The primary focus of any dental hygienist is patient oral preventive care.

A registered dental hygienist must hold an accredited associate degree or bachelor's degree in dental hygiene before conducting a clinical and written examination of the board of directors.

After registration, the dental hygienist will be the primary healthcare professional who can work independently or provide comprehensive oral health services with dentists and other dental professionals. They are trained and educated specifically for the prevention and treatment of many oral diseases.

The roles of dental hygienists:

Here are the roles of dental hygienists...

  • Collect information about the patient's oral and medical health history
  • Remove tartar, stains, and plaque (hard and soft deposits) on all surfaces of the teeth
  • Making patient dental molds to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment
  • Polishing the patient's teeth
  • Remove tartar, plaque, and stains with multiple tools
  • Development of X-ray film
  • Map the patient's dental condition for the dentist
  • Application of fluoride and preservatives
  • Management of local anesthetics
  • Remove sutures and dressings

Dental charting:

As dental charting is the most common way to keep records of your patient's oral health. As we know that hygienist is responsible for the dental charting of a patient. So he makes the dental charting and maintains it accordingly. The dental hygienist is the same as your dentist. He can suggest to you what is going to be helpful for you to take care of your oral health.

Benefits for the hygienists:

There are many benefits for a hygienist regarding this dental charting; some of them are as follows:

  1. The dental charting always helps you and your dentist to count the progress in your teeth
  2. They are capable of holding a record of your oral condition
  3. They can use this dental chart in your future visits to the dentist.
  4. They can update the dental chart along with the changing conditions of your oral health.

Follow up after a dental charting:

After checking your oral condition, a hygienist will recommend to you what is going to be helpful for you in the future. Using this dental charting dentist can tell you what to do next. And if you have any severe issue, they can arrange another appointment for you to visit the hygienist and follow up any other procedure. For example if you have any cavity in your tooth, they will give you time for another visit for filling in the cavity.

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