10 Things Your Dental Hygienist Wants You to Know

Be relaxed for your dental cleaning appointment

What Your Dental Hygienist Wants You To Know

A dental cleaning appointment is the best way to keep your mouth healthy and your teeth strong. At Bill Sexton Family Dentistry we want you to feel comfortable coming in for regular cleanings and appointments. You can always call our friendly staff to make an appointment if you need dental care or if you have questions. Call us today and we’d be happy to set up an appointment for you. We are currently accepting new patients

If you have ever had questions about dental cleaning appointments that you were too shy to ask chances are good that the answers are on this list of things that dental hygienists want you to know:

We can tell if you’re really flossing.

According to recent studies, not even half of U.S. adults floss daily, and more than 30% never floss at all. Your dental hygienist can tell that you’re not flossing when they clean your teeth. It’s ok to tell them that you’re not flossing when they ask. Even if you say you are, they will know if you’re not! And that’s okay. Flossing is one of the best things you can do to get healthy teeth and healthy gums, but if you’re not doing it you can be honest with your hygienist. 

You can ask us questions during your dental cleaning appointment.

Even though it may be a little awkward to talk during the cleaning, you can ask questions before or after the cleaning. Do you need help learning the best way to floss or the most effective way to brush your teeth? Your dental hygienist will be happy to show you how. Do you have questions about particular products or need recommendations for toothpastes or mouthwashes? Ask. There are no stupid questions. 

Your kids will be fine.

Don’t be nervous about your kids having their cleanings done without you being in the room. They will be fine. It’s important for kids to learn healthy dental hygiene habits and feel comfortable with regular cleanings. It will be easier for them to be comfortable with dental appointments if you’re comfortable and not hovering over them being worried or scared. So relax in the waiting room and they will be done in the dental chair before you know it. 

We’re not looking.

One of the reasons why people often say they are uncomfortable with a dental cleaning is that the dental hygienist is so close to their face that they can see wrinkles, hairs, missed shaving patches, skin problems, poorly blended makeup, and other sensitive things. But you can trust that your dental hygienist won’t even notice those things. They are focused on cleaning your teeth and making sure that your teeth and mouth are healthy. That’s all they’re thinking about!

We’re not judging you.

Another reason why people put off regular dental cleanings is that they are embarrassed about missing teeth, crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, stained teeth, or other issues. Your dental hygienist isn’t judging your teeth. They want to help you have a healthy mouth and healthy teeth. Getting proper dental care is the first step in getting a healthy great-looking smile and your dental hygienist wants you to come in for regular care. 

A regular dental cleaning appointment really does make a difference in your health.

Your dental health plays a big role in your overall physical health. Dental infections and periodontitis  can cause serious health problems. And plaque build up in your mouth can make your existing medical conditions worse if it gets into the bloodstream. Regular dental cleanings are the best tool for having a healthy smile and for protecting your overall physical health

We don’t mind if you’d rather watch TV or listen to music.

Don’t feel like you need to make small talk or talk at all. If you would rather listen to music or watch TV during your dental cleaning that is absolutely fine. Just let your hygienist know what you want to watch or listen to and you can catch up on your favorite streaming show during your appointment or listen to  your favorite music. 

Tell us if you’re nervous.

Your comfort is always our priority. If you are very nervous about a dental cleaning or you have a lot of anxiety before your appointment please tell the receptionist or the hygienist. Everyone on the team wants to be sure that you’re comfortable receiving dental care and we will do whatever we can to make this a good experience for you. 

Yes, you should brush before a cleaning.

Often people think that they don’t need to brush their teeth the morning before they come in for a dental cleaning. But even though you are coming into the office to get a professional dental cleaning you should still brush your teeth that morning. It will make our job easier and get you on your way faster if you brush before your appointment. 

If you’re having a toothache or tooth pain that is making brushing difficult make sure to let your hygienist know. The doctor may need to take a look at your teeth to make sure there are no problems with your teeth. 

We’re here to help.

We understand that getting dental care may not have been a pleasant experience for you before, but we want to change that. We’re here to help you get the dental care you need and to make you feel comfortable and safe. So ask questions, talk to us about how you’re feeling, and let us know how we can make a dental cleaning the best experience possible for you and your family.