As you know, going to the dentist consists of much more than just visiting your dentist. A smooth, enjoyable visit requires a friendly front desk team, a knowledgeable treatment coordinator, a talented dental assistant, and, of course, an exceptional dental hygienist. Their essential role in maintaining your happy, healthy smile often goes unnoticed, which is why celebrating Dental Hygienist Week is so important. Keep reading to learn four reasons to appreciate your smile-saving pro!
#1. They’re a Familiar Face
Even attending your routine dental checkups and cleanings can be anxiety-inducing when a stranger is poking around in your mouth. So, when you find a dental hygienist you click with, you want to stay with them for as long as possible! Seeing their familiar face appointment after appointment can make your six-month visits more stress-free and enjoyable, which makes taking care of your teeth and gums that much easier.
#2. They Can Save You Thousands on Restorative and Cosmetic Care
Simply put, your dental hygienist is your first line of defense when it comes to preventing dental problems or catching them in the early stages. Thanks to their thorough checkups and refreshing cleanings, they can ward off decay, stop surface stains from developing, and clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. A recent report from the Journal of Dental Medicine shared that preventive measures like these can save you up to $12,000 on restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the long run!
#3. They Are Passionate About What They Do
You can tell when someone is passionate, meticulous, and attentive vs. when someone is just going through the motions (and the last thing you want is the latter conducting your teeth cleaning). Fortunately, the large majority of dental hygienists complete their studies, undergo additional training, and spend the majority of their week in the dental office because they are dedicated to helping others have the fully functional, absolutely beautiful smile.
#4. They Are Constantly Learning
With dentistry (and the world as a whole) advancing significantly each year, it is important now more than ever that dental hygienists stay at the forefront of their field. By committing to continuing education, earning additional certifications, and staying up to date on the latest in proven dental technology, they can provide quality care that is safe, efficient, and more enjoyable for each patient.
Your dental hygienist goes above and beyond to keep your smile in pristine condition throughout the years. Now, it’s time to show them some appreciation! Ask your dentist how you can celebrate Dental Hygienist Week with their team.
About the Practice
At South Jersey Center for Dental Medicine, Dr. Joseph Sandberg is proud to have a team of skilled, caring dental professionals, including our dental hygienists, Jennifer and Barbara! Both have decades of experience helping patients achieve happy, healthy, confident smiles and are passionate about ensuring each patient is well cared for. If you are interested in learning more about our team or would like to schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at 856-596-4333.