THE IMPORTANCE OF A DENTAL HYGIENIST
Nearly everyone who visits the dentist’s office for a biannual check-up is familiar with the role of the dental hygienist. The dental hygienist acts like a gatekeeper to the world of oral health. A hygienist performs the deep clean of your teeth, flags trouble spots that could become cavities, reviews how diet can affect the health of your mouth, and much more. A dental hygienist works with a patient to prep for an appearance before the dentist, such as for crown and filling procedures.
The work of a dental hygienist goes a long way to preventing tooth decay and maintain a patient’s oral health. The importance of having hygienists on staff cannot be understated! Here’s an overview of just how crucial the role is to any thriving dental practice.
DENTAL HYGIENISTS PROVIDE ACCESS TO ORAL CARE
A dental hygienist’s primary role is to prevent and treat oral diseases, a duty that is crucial to maintaining overall health. Unfortunately, there are many underserved populations in the United States who do not have access to this kind of preventive care that can do so much to advance the health of so many. There are, however, movements toward making basic dental care accessible to all. Dental hygienists stand at the heart of these campaigns.
According to a National Governors Association report titled “The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Care,” the rate of tooth decay, periodontal diseases, oral cancers, and other problems is high and certain populations groups, including low-income Americans and minorities, are disproportionately affected. These conditions are all preventable with basic dental care, but for many, such treatment too expensive to keep up with, or they lack access to transportation required to regularly visit the dentist, among other hurdles.
The report goes further to state that increasing the delivery of affordable dental services outside the dentist’s office may help to reduce the most serious issues related to limited access to dental care.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Hygienists please contact us at Cinema Dental Care @ (661) 253-3030.