Why Is The Dental Hygienist So Excited?
Benjamin Franklin said it best in the 1700’s, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most of us would agree that being proactive in all areas of our life is much more favorable than reacting after “it” happens. On that note, most of us know that removing plaque from our teeth with brushing, flossing, and going for dental cleanings is the best way to prevent decay and gum disease.
Many of my patients are often curious how someone, such as myself, can be so fired up and excited about teeth and how to keep them clean. Other than
the fact that we are all just a little crazy, over the last 20 years of being an oral hygienist I have experienced so many different patients with a very broad range of dental health. It has been proven time and time again and I can’t tell my patients enough, good oral hygiene is the easiest way to stay healthy and prevent disease! I want to share this knowledge with everyone I meet because it is so simple!
Some patients that come to me for their first time have not really been told why it is so beneficial to come to the dentist at least twice a year. Why would they need to see me if they brush and floss daily? Isn’t that enough? Sorry folks, but no matter how hard you try, brushing and flossing alone cannot keep you as healthy as possible. Our mouths and the bacteria it produces are very complex. Without your hygienist, you are putting yourself at risk for decay and gum disease. With that being said, this is a partnership; I can’t do my job if you don’t do yours. A professional cleaning is only as good as the home care that goes with it.
I truly enjoy every opportunity to educate my patients about their oral health. Knowing the impact I have on my patients’ health makes for a rewarding and exciting career. I invite you to take this challenge, stop fighting science, and go to your dentist for professional cleanings as often as recommended to you because “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
I would love to answer any questions or concerns. Please, do not hesitate to call, should you have any!
~ Kari McGraw, Registered Dental Hygienist