Going to See the Dentist? 3 Questions to Ask Your Dental Hygienist

talking to hygienistYour dentist in Ephrata is always pleased to answer any questions you have about your oral health, but did you know that your dental hygienist is also a treasure trove of information? Hygienists have spent a lot of time learning about the human mouth and how to keep it clean and healthy. Next time you go in for a routine dental appointment, please be sure to take advantage of your hygienist’s knowledge! Here are a few questions you can ask to get the conversation rolling:

How Can I Improve My Oral Hygiene Routine at Home?

While your hygienist is taking your X-rays and cleaning your teeth, they get to know a lot about your oral health. They can tell whether you brush thoroughly and if you floss as often as you should. They may also be able to pinpoint other concerns about your oral health as well.

When you ask what you can do at home to improve your oral hygiene, you’ll get personalized tips on how to take your daily routine to the next level. You may learn the proper flossing technique, whether you’ve been missing a certain area of your mouth when you brush, and if there are specific products you should use to maintain a cleaner mouth.

How Can I Fight Bad Breath?

There are quite a few causes behind bad breath, some of which are easy to fix. For example, your hygienist may notice that your tongue isn’t as clean as it could be. Simply taking the time to use a tongue scraper every day could do wonders for your breath!

Other causes of bad breath, such as gum disease, may require professional treatment. Your hygienist can mention your concerns to your dentist, and together you can all work to freshen up your mouth and improve your smile’s health.

How Should My Daily Habits and Medical Conditions Affect My Oral Hygiene Routine?

There are quite a few lifestyle factors, such as smoking and diet, that have a big impact on the functioning of your mouth. If you use tobacco or eat a lot of sugary or acidic foods, your hygienist can give you insight on how to minimize the damage that these habits cause to your teeth and gums. They might also give you some extra motivation to stop the activities that are endangering your oral health.

Don’t hesitate to mention any medical conditions you have. For example, diabetes can have a big impact on your oral health, leading to dry mouth and increasing your susceptibility to gum disease. Your hygienist may be able to help you manage these issues and maintain your beautiful smile.

Your dental hygienist is a skilled, compassionate, and knowledgeable professional who is eager to share their expertise! Ask the above questions at your next appointment so your mouth stays as healthy as possible.

About Us

Drs. Sean Moriarty and Suzanne Ahnquist are proud to be your dentists in Ephrata. Working alongside them are Brenda, Shannon, and Shanna — three amazing dental hygienists. All of them would love to get to know you! If you have questions about your oral health, please contact our office at 717-733-1088.


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