At the dentist’s office, you will meet front desk staff, the hygienist, and dentist. Explain the various roles to your child before they come for a check-up or cleaning. Usually, front desk staff greets the patients when they enter. They will also get the patient checked in. The dentist examines the teeth and gums and discusses observations with the hygienist. The hygienist cares for the patient prior to the exam by the dentist. The hygienist generally spends the most time with a patient during a routine visit.

What does the hygienist do?

The dentist and hygienist work together. They take care of patient’s teeth and gums and strive to prevent any major issues. Dental hygienists clean the patients’ teeth and look for signs of trouble. In addition, they will teach patients (or their parents) how to properly care for teeth and gums for a healthy smile.

Cleaning and treatments

Hygienists clean patients’ teeth by removing plaque and hard deposits. They also floss the teeth and may apply a fluoride treatment or sealants.

Assessments

The dental hygienist is also responsible for the initial exam of the patient. This includes assessment of the patient’s oral health and cleanliness of the teeth. He or she makes note of potential issues and relays information to the dentist. This team member may also conduct other screenings and x-rays.

Education

Dental hygienists educate their patients on proper care of teeth and gums. They may tell a patient about problem areas and suggest ways to minimize future damage. They make sure patients know the proper ways to care for teeth and understand the importance of brushing and flossing.

The entire team at Capital City Pediatric Dentistry strives for a friendly experience for check-ups, cleanings, and more.  Please give us a call to schedule an appointment for your child.