When you schedule your dental appointment with the Drs. Boyd Midtown East practice, your first point of patient care will most likely be with one of our eight friendly and experienced registered dental hygienists. Dental hygienists play a major role in helping our patients receive the dental care their smiles truly need, and they help keep our practice running smoothly.
In honor of October being National Dental Hygiene Month, let’s raise awareness about and celebrate our hygienists who’ve worked hard to become specialists in the field. We’ll explain how they’re able to help you optimize your dental hygiene – and share how they play a critical role in maintaining your oral health.
The Role of a Dental Hygienist
As more and more patients realize the importance of excellent oral health, the responsibilities of your dental hygienist have also increased with the development of new technologies and innovative treatments.
In our Midtown East dental practice, our dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as oral cancer and gingivitis, and provide preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain their oral health.
Some of the daily duties of a dental hygienist are:
- Remove tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth
- Provide additional preventive cleaning and care of the teeth and gums.
- Apply fluorides to help protect teeth
- Take digital dental X-rays
- Administer nitrous oxide to alleviate pain and anxiety
- Assess patients’ oral health and report findings to dentists
- Help patients feel comfortable in the dental office, especially if they have dental phobia
- Educate patients about oral hygiene techniques, such as how to brush and floss correctly
- Document and maintain records of patient care and treatment plans
Becoming a Dental Hygienist Requires a Degree
There are a number of stages of formal education required to become a dental hygienist. You must at least obtain an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Many go on to obtain their bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene which allows them to not only work in a dental office, but also do research, teach or work in a clinical practice like school health programs.
When someone contemplates becoming a dental hygienist, the following qualities are key for not only our Midtown East patients’ success, but also their own personal career success:
- Critical thinking. Dental hygienists use critical thinking skills in order to assess and evaluate patients.
- Some patients may have pain or fears about undergoing dental treatment, and the hygienist must be sensitive to their emotions.
- Detail oriented. Dental hygienists follow specific rules and protocols to help dentists diagnose and treat a patient.
- Dental hygienists are good at working with their hands. They generally work in tight quarters on a small part of the body, requiring fine motor skills using very precise tools and instruments.
- Interpersonal skills. Dental hygienists work closely with dentists and patients.
It’s obvious that your Drs. Boyd dental hygienist wears many hats in the dental office, with one priority: excellent, comprehensive dental care for each and every patient.
Meet Our Dental Hygienists
At the Drs. Boyd dental office in Midtown East, we have a team of eight dental hygienists that work hard each day to provide passionate, well-rounded dental care for each of our patients. All our registered dental hygienists have the appropriate education and strive to exceed your expectations. In addition to maintaining a good home care routine, the best thing you can do is to schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings.
Be sure to stay on top of your oral health, call (212) 433-2425 to schedule an appointment today!