Things You Might Not Realize Your Dental Hygienist Is Doing During Your Visit

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    Things You Might Not Realize Your Dental Hygienist Is Doing During Your Visit

    Visiting us only when you have a problem with your teeth is not enough to remain healthy. That’s why your preventive visits with our dental hygienists are so important! But did you know that your dental hygienist is doing much more than cleaning during your visit?

    Examining Your Gums: 

    Our dental hygienist will examine your gums and look for any signs of bleeding or swelling. This also includes probing your gum pockets. Swelling, bleeding, and large gum pockets are all signs of unhealthy gums and likely indicate gum disease.

    Performing a Cancer Screening: 

    Oral cancer is a deadly disease that kills nearly 10,000 Americans each year. Our dental hygienist will perform an oral cancer screening focusing on your head, neck, lymph nodes, palate, cheeks, and tongue for any concerning signs.

    Checking Your Tongue: 

    Our tongue is also as important as our teeth. Our dental hygienist will thoroughly examine your tongue and make any notes if there are any noticeable changes. It is essential to know that your tongue is normal in size and texture since it’s a key component reflective of your oral and overall health.

    Examining Your Tonsils: 

    Aside from your tongue, your tonsils are also examined by our dental hygienist to look for any signs of possible infections.

    Your dental health is connected to your overall health. It is important that you stay current with your recommended dental visits each year and not just when you experience a problem with your oral health. Make an appointment to visit us today by calling (828) 631-3283 or visit us online.


    David S. McGuire, DDS