What Is a Dental Hygienist and Why Are They Important?

Visit your dental hygienist twice a year for a routine cleaning.

Visit your dental hygienist twice a year for a routine teeth cleaning.

Batman to Robin: “You owe your life to dental hygiene.” Batman (1966, TV series)

This may have been scripted banter between the two characters, but it is not too far from the truth!

Studies have shown that poor oral hygiene is linked to heart disease, diabetes, oral problems during pregnancy, and erectile dysfunction.

The most apparent manifestation of poor oral hygiene is gingivitis (inflammation of the gum) and periodontitis (inflammation affecting the tissues that support the teeth). Periodontitis can even cause you to lose your adult teeth.

But is that all?

Nope! A University of Florida study revealed the presence of live periodontal bacteria in human atherosclerotic tissue, which means, there is a strong association between development of blockages in the arteries and gum disease.

As you can see, dental hygiene isn’t to be taken lightly.

Thankfully, there are specialized professionals dedicated to preventive oral health – your friendly neighborhood Dental Hygienist!

So, what do Dental Hygienists do? They Assess, Prevent and Educate.

Assess what?

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5 Responses to “What Is a Dental Hygienist and Why Are They Important?”

  1. Visit for the Cosmetic Dentistry
    01/02/2014 at 5:36 am #

    Dental Hygienists play a very important role in one’s life for oral health. I think every person should go for a routine dental checkup in every 4 or 5 months to keep themselves healthy.

  2. Penelope Smith
    11/26/2018 at 9:43 pm #

    I want to have a nice looking smile and a healthy mouth. It is good to know that I need to make sure that I am going to the dentist twice a year. Also, it might be smart for me to go see a cosmetic dentist as well.

  3. Frederick
    01/14/2019 at 10:32 pm #

    Great artcile!

    • Ryan Boulding →
      01/15/2019 at 10:00 am #

      Thank you!

  4. PV Smiles
    03/09/2019 at 5:17 pm #

    It is such a wonderful post to read.

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