Do you know a hardworking dental hygienist or want to celebrate the benefits of quality oral health? Help these healthcare workers celebrate and feel appreciated during National Dental Hygiene Month! This month is dedicated to showing appreciation for those who are dental hygienists, recognizing all the work that they do, and raising awareness of the importance of good oral health.
What Do Dental Hygienists Do?
The role of a hygenist is extremely important to patient care and their well-being. Dental hygienists are responsible for knowing about patients’ previous dental work and their other medical conditions. Dental Hygienists also need to know what allergies or other prescription medications patients are taking to avoid any harmful reactions or reactions that could harm the patient.
The person who performs your dental cleanings is usually a dental hygenist that helps clean in between your teeth and remove tartar from them. The hygienists also give you advice for taking care of your oral health outside of the dental office as well as practice preventive care in the form of fluoride or dental sealants for children.
How To Become A Dental Hygienist
If you are considering a job in healthcare or dental hygiene, the first step you need to take is finding a dental hygiene program near you to obtain the minimum level of education required. While licensing can vary from state to state, the minimum education is an associate’s degree from an accredited program.
Obtaining a bachelor’s degree is not necessary but can help you earn a higher salary and help you work in higher institutions. Dental hygienists require a hand on experience as well as classroom instruction. During your degree, you may be required to shadow a dentist or other dental hygienist to see the day to day functioning of the dental office.
Learning more about becoming a dental hygienist is a great way to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month by speaking to a hygienist you know or researching all of the work they put in inside dental offices.
More About Dental Hygiene Month
Good oral health is another main focus of National Dental Hygiene Month. Because dental hygienists help all patients to learn more about their oral health, the goal during October is to spread that awareness further and educate those that may not know the benefits of proper flossing, brushing, and regular dental cleanings.
Organizations including the American Dental Hygienists Association, Colgate, and other dental practices host events and speakers that help motivate and support hygienists or recognize them for their efforts. Both organizations share more on their social media platforms where hygienists can network and view the resilience stories of other hygienists in the community.
National months and days are a great time to get your patients involved in competitions and giveaways to spread your name out into the community. Giving away oral hygiene items, hosting coloring contests, and sharing fun videos on your hygienists on social media, or online scavenger hunts are ways to get everyone involved.
Northview Dental Hygienists
Our office has many hygienists that we work to celebrate this month. They care for our patients and assist our dentists with anything they may need. With a big team becomes a lot of responsibility and a large number of patients, and our staff takes care of each patient individually seriously.
Helping to educate patients about oral health is something our office strives for every month of the year and not only during dental hygiene month. Oral health helps us to have confidence and keep our teeth for the entirety of our lifetimes. Keeping teeth clean, healthy, and white is our job here at Northview Dental. Proper brushing and flossing are not enough to keep all of your teeth intact, so dental cleanings, checkups, x-rays, and extractions can help prevent your mouth from bacteria, oral cancer, or unnecessary pain. Contact our office to schedule your appointment and meet our hygienists today!