Thursday, December 12, 2013
Dental Hygienists – Your Partners in Health
Dental Hygienists have a wealth of knowledge, gleamed from the specialized training they receive. Not only do they learn how to utilize the specialized tools and equipment you see them with, they also receive additional training in anatomy, nutrition and radiology. Finally, hygienists are trained to assist people with fears and to provide a calming atmosphere to help patients feel comfortable.
“With all that said, it makes sense to use of your dental hygienist as a resource,” says Dr. Judith Ko from her Hemet Valley, California Cosmetic and General Dental Practice.
Hygienists also have information on behaviors that can damage your dental health—smoking, dieting, thumb-sucking, nail biting, drug taking, and eating disorders.
Sometimes patients are embarrassed about starting a conversation about a habit that is embarrassing or causing challenges, but that is exactly what the extensive training your hygienist has received is for. “No one loves to have those conversations,” adds Dr. Ko, “just know your hygienist is there to answer questions without judgment.” In fact, the American Dental Association says patient education isone of the most enjoyable aspects of a career in hygiene. The hygienists at Dr. Ko’s office would agree. “We like it when patients ask questions that will help us to help them.” So ask away. And let your hygienist help you keep smiling.