For starters, your dental hygienist genuinely wishes you would stop avoiding them and visit only when things get out of hand. They want you to know that early visits are not only physically beneficial for you but also financially. As you go along, your dental hygienist also secretly wishes you knew that:
- Cavities do not largely contribute to tooth loss. You would be surprised to know that more than cavities, periodontal disease contributes to tooth loss. Dental hygienists spend most of their career portion trying to diagnose, prevent, fight and control the severely damaging effects of gum disease. It is therefore important that you set your next preventative appointment with your dentist and inquire about your periodontal health.
- You will not get cancer from dental X-rays. What most patients presume and fret about these days is that dental x-rays can cause cancer. Conversely, you are exposed to more radiation standing outside in the sun for half an hour than you are from a complete set of oral x-rays.
- Being straightforward and honest with your dental hygienist and other dental care professionals about your medical history will save a lot of time. Certain medical conditions have a significant overall impact on your dental health. Dentists are trained to assess medical histories and research the connection between dental health and general health.
Being honest and direct with your dental hygienist will save not only time but can also put a stop to life-threatening complexities as you can get prompt dental care. Furthermore, your dentist can design your periodontal and/or preventative care based on your unique needs.
So, now that you are aware of some of the things your dental hygienist wishes you knew, pay heed to them in order to effectively maintain your oral health and avoid severe dental complications.