Sunshine Dental, Inc
Phillip Chien, DDS
Dentist located in Temecula, CA
Your dental hygienist is your dentist’s co-pilot for the journey towards giving you a radiant and healthy smile. They assist, double-check, and sometimes even take over the controls for certain procedures. Phillip Chien, DDS, and dental hygienists at Sunshine Dental, Inc provide you with the excellent dental care you deserve. To begin working towards your perfect smile with the best dental hygienists in the business, book a visit today by calling the Temecula, California, office or using the online scheduling tool.
Dental Hygienist Q & A
What is a dental hygienist?
The dental hygienists at Sunshine Dental, Inc are highly skilled and diligently trained dental professional who help your dentist diagnose, treat, and maintain your smile and oral health.
They’re frequently the first person you’ll see when you come in for your office visit and will be there for the majority of the time you spend with your dentist.
What does a dental hygienist do?
Dental hygienists have a wide range of roles and are responsible for a number of duties, such as:
Your dental hygienist conducts a preliminary screening of your teeth and gums when you come in for an appointment, ensuring that every nook and cranny of your mouth is examined and healthy.
They occasionally take measurements of your gums to ensure that you’re not developing gum disease and report any findings or conspicuous areas to your dentist for further assessment.
Your dental hygienist is the one who will be administering your routine teeth cleanings, eliminating the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth to help you fight against tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition to assisting your dentist with certain surgical tasks like administering anesthesia and removing sutures, your dental hygienists might also administer preventive treatments, such as applying sealants and fluoride to protect your teeth from decay.
Brushing and flossing are the two most important weapons you have in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Your dental hygienist educates you in proper at-home care so that you can prevent the need for more serious procedures like gum disease treatment and root canals.
X-rays and impressions
Your hygienist is also responsible for taking X-rays your dentist wants a more detailed look at your teeth or is going to be performing a root canal.
If you’re getting any procedure that requires impressions, like crowns, bridges, or dentures, your hygienist will typically be the one making your mold.
What sort of training do dental hygienists need to have?
In order to provide you with high-quality care and treatments, dental hygienists have to undergo rigorous and extensive training.
They’re required to have at least an associate’s degree from a CODA-approved institution, but many have bachelor’s and master’s degrees. They also have to pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and renew their license every 1-3 years to ensure that they’re sharp and up-to-date on various hygiene procedures, anesthesia, and restorative techniques.
To learn more about how the incredible dental hygienists at Sunshine Dental, Inc keep your smile happy and healthy, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking online.