What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?
Dental Hygienists fulfill many important functions pertaining to the child’s overall oral health and hygiene. They place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
Other important functions include:
Education – Dental Hygienists educate the child using child-friendly terminology, emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, dental hygienists are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.
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