Monday, November 19th, 2018
Each member of your dental health team plays an important role.
As the leader of your oral health team, your dentist brings years of specialized education to understanding your oral health. Only dentists can examine your teeth, gums and mouth, and recognize any problems that could affect your overall health.
They have the training and skills to:
In some jurisdictions, dental therapists work with dentists to provide community-based preventive oral health programs. They also perform basic dental treatment and preventive services as well as providing patient assistance and referrals.
The dental hygienist is registered and trained to clean your teeth and to help you develop a home-care routine tailored to your needs.
Regulations vary from province to province, but a dental hygienist’s work often includes:
In some jurisdictions, the dental hygienist may also be allowed to perform a basic exam.
This is the team member who prepares you for treatment, sterilizes instruments, assists your dentist and helps keep your mouth dry during procedures. In some jurisdictions, a dental assistant may also take x-rays and dental impressions, and polish and apply fluoride to your teeth.
Receptionists and Business Staff
Receptionists maintain the dental team’s schedules and allow the office to run smoothly. The receptionist is usually your first point of contact and may often provide you with general information about your appointment and billing.