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Smile! It’s national dental hygiene month

John Bocchi

October is National Dental Hygiene Month! Sierra Smiles Tahoe wants to recognize our hygienists for the hard work they do, the variety of services they provide patients, and their wealth of dental knowledge.

Dental Hygienist Qualifications

Did you know hygienists have excellent training and education about the importance of keeping teeth healthy and clean? Most hygienists attend community colleges, technical colleges, dental schools, or university programs. Typically after two years of schooling, hygienists earn an associate degree and then take a state, local, or regional licensing test. Some hygienists choose to attend four-year degree program.

Dental Hygienist Duties

Hygienists are helpful answering your oral health questions. They're usually a dentist's right-hand person, treating teeth and telling patients about keeping teeth healthy. Depending on what state a hygienist works in, their office duties could vary. Here are some of the things they do:

Making Teeth Clean – Most hygienists will give your smile a good cleaning by scraping away tartar and plaque your teeth's surface.

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Learning About Patients – Hygienists are usually responsible for getting an oral health assessment, reviewing health history, performing an oral cancer screening , and taking blood pressure.

Serving Up Healthy Tips – Hygienists also speak with patients about good nutrition and how it relates to oral and overall health.

Prevention Intervention – Hygienists may also apply fluoride or sealants to teeth to protect against acids, bacteria, and cavities.

Making An Impression That Lasts – Hygienists are trained and qualified to take impressions and helping to keep patients comfortable.

When you visit the dentist our Tahoe office, give your hygienist a high five for all that they do. Hygienists truly care about your oral and overall health. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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