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What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

What exactly is a dental hygienist, anyway? Dental hygienists are certified dental professionals who are qualified to perform certain dental procedures, although they do not have the same credentials as dentists. Often, the hygienist will perform dental cleanings and help patients determine the best at-home oral care routine for them. 

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Common Procedures for Hygienists:

  • Dental deep cleaning
  • Taking X-rays
  • Taking impressions of teeth
  • Basic physical exam
  • Administering local anesthetic
  • Teeth whitening
  • Digital scans
  • Providing patient education

Many of these procedures, such as basic physical exams, taking X-rays, and administering local anesthetic, will be done as part of a more comprehensive dental procedure along with a dentist. It is important to choose a dental clinic that is made up of both dentists and hygienists that are knowledgeable, experienced, and who you feel comfortable with.

Our team at Tsawwassen Family Dental is made up of highly skilled dentists and hygienists who have plenty of experience working together to give our best patient experience whether they come in for a routine check-up or a more complicated procedure such as dental surgery.


What to Expect from a Professional Teeth Cleaning

Teeth cleaning is one of the most common procedures that is usually carried out by a dental hygienist. A dental cleaning begins with a physical examination, where the hygienist will inspect your teeth and evaluate your overall oral health based on what they can see.

If you have any dentist anxiety or concerns about pain, it is a good idea to bring this up with your hygienist just before your physical exam and teeth cleaning. We understand that some people have had bad teeth cleaning  experiences in the past, or may just be uncomfortable.

Our hygienists want to know how you are feeling and will work with you to make sure you know exactly what to expect. Your dental cleaning should be a painless, stress-free experience and our dental care providers are here to help ensure that.

After you have discussed any questions or concerns with your hygienist, they will proceed with the physical exam, which involves inspecting your mouth to check for any abnormalities and evaluate your general oral health.

After the physical exam, the hygienist will remove tartar and plaque from your teeth, polish them, floss them, rinse your mouth, and give you a fluoride treatment. 

Your dental hygienist will work with you to develop the right at-home oral care routine for your particular needs. This may involve a demonstration of proper flossing and brushing and recommendations of oral health products suited to your individual requirements.

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Dental Cleaning Cost

Depending on factors such as the current state of your oral health, and your insurance plan and provider, the cost of a dental cleaning will vary. However, keep in mind that insurance usually covers all or the majority of the cost of a dental cleaning. We follow the BCDA Fee Guide.

At Tsawwassen Family Dental, we offer direct billing through most major health insurance providers in order to make your payment process as convenient and hassle-free as possible.

If you have any questions regarding insurance coverage and/or costs, give us a call today!



Where Do I Find the Best Dental Hygienist Near Me?

If you are looking for a reputable dental hygienist office close to you, you’ve found one! Tsawwassen Family Dental is a local, family-run business where both dental hygienists and dentists practice. We love our community and are happy to be the dental professionals that locals trust. Our dental hygienists are qualified, experienced professionals who are always happy to treat new patients!

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