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The Vital Role of Dental Assistants and Hygienists

Dental hygienist and assistant with patient

The month of March hosts Dental Assistants Recognition Week and the second week of April hosts Dental Hygienists Week, making it the perfect time to celebrate the role dental assistants and hygienists play in your dental care. This blog will take a deeper look at their roles in the dental office, so you can better appreciate what they do during your next visit!

What is The Role of a Dental Assistant?

Dental assistants are integral to any dental office by providing patient care and support as dentists complete exams and procedures. They help keep the office running smoothly by performing their technical duties, which include:

  • Completing paperwork
  • Taking x-rays
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • Assisting the dentist during procedures
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Preparing examination areas
  • Cleaning up after procedures
  • Talking to patients about proper oral hygiene

In addition to their daily tasks, they also provide support throughout standard dental appointments. During your appointment, you can expect them to take notes on your medical history and ask questions about how you feel.

Dental assistants are critical to any dental practice's success and patients' positive experiences when they visit.

What is The Role of a Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygienists also play a vital role within the office, as they provide preventive care, such as thorough examinations of the teeth and gums to check for signs of decay or gum disease. They also perform cleanings that remove plaque buildup from teeth surfaces and around the gums, so your smile stays healthy.

After examining your mouth, they may use other tools to get a better view, like dental X-rays, which allow them to look at areas below the surface of your teeth for any issues that need attention. Lastly, they may also recommend treatment plans based on their findings and advice on proper oral health care routines to ensure your smile stays healthy between visits.

Why You Should Show Appreciation for Dental Assistants and Hygienists

Dental assistants and hygienists work together to provide quality dental care for all patients during their visit to the dentist's office. Their roles are vital in helping dentists diagnose issues quickly and accurately while also providing preventive services that help keep teeth healthy over time. This Dental Assistants Recognition Week and Dental Hygienists Week are excellent opportunities to show appreciation for all these professionals do for us!

The next time you visit your dentist, remember to say "thank you" for everything hygienists, and assistants do for you and your oral health.

At ProHEALTH Dental, we pride ourselves on providing the best care possible from the beginning of your appointment to the end. If you want quality dental care, contact us online or call us to schedule an appointment. (855) 750-5011

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