What tests do dental hygienists perform?
Some important duties carried out by dental hygienists include:
Prophylaxis (preventative care)
A dental hygienist’s job duty is primarily prophylaxis. They run tests of saliva and bacteria, perform teeth cleaning and tartar removal, and give dietary advice for better oral health.
Investigation and diagnoses
Dental hygienists are often credentialled enough to diagnose cavities, gum disease, and gingivitis and conduct risk assessments of each. They also are trained to take routine x-rays of the mouth, which is how many mouth ailments are detected.
Tooth whitening treatments
Cosmetic tooth polishing and whitening treatments are used to create a brighter smile and remove tooth discoloration. Dental hygienists are qualified to give these treatments to those who have tooth discoloration. Tooth whitening treatments are typically used on individuals who have tooth discoloration from food, drinks, and tobacco. Learn more about whitening treatments at Swedish Dental.
Many tooth whitening treatments require that an imprint be made of the patients’ teeth. The dental hygienist will conduct an exam of the mouth to determine if teeth are fit for a whitening treatment. Then, they will take a mold of the teeth, which is sent off to create an imprint for teeth whitening.
Now that you know why Dental hygienists are important, and you know what a dental hygienist does, it may be time to schedule that dental checkup! Contact us here and book your appointment today.