What Does Your Dental Hygienist Do?

Part of a good dental hygiene routine involves visiting your dentist’s office at least once every six months for a thorough checkup and cleaning. During your visit, you’ll spend much of the time with a dental hygienist who, along with your dentist, is an integral part of helping you and your family maintain clean, healthy smiles. When you visit our Southlake dentist’s office, our caring, compassionate team of dental hygienists will help you ensure that your teeth are free of deposits and disease-causing bacteria, and educate you on how to improve your hygiene’s effectiveness at home.

Cleaning By a Professional

If you pay attention to what you’re removing when your brush and floss your teeth, then you’re familiar with the sticky stuff that sometimes gathers on your teeth. Called dental plaque, it’s the by-product of oral bacteria, and the biofilm allows the germ colonies to gather and grow more efficiently. After a while, plaque calcifies, or hardens, into tartar, which is an insoluble substance that’s too stubborn for your toothbrush and floss to remove. Regular dental checkups and cleanings allow our hygienists to professionally remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, especially along your gum line, to reduce the risk of infection from a bombardment of bacteria. Hygienists also inspect your teeth and gums for signs that an infection is settling in, such as cavity development or troubled gum tissues.

The Academics of Good Hygiene

Even with professional help, your smile still requires your daily attention and care. An important responsibility of hygienists is to teach patients and their families the tenets of good hygiene, including the best way to control bacterial plaque buildup and prevent overfeeding the germs it contains. They’ll also answer any questions you may have about your dental health or treatment, and strive to make you feel comfortable and welcome throughout your entire visit. Hygienists can apply dental sealants to your teeth for added cavity protection, and help prepare for X-rays and other tests to help Dr. Wright accurately diagnose dental conditions.

About Your Southlake General Dentist:        

As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.