When a patient receives advice on brushing three times a day or flossing twice a day to make up for the potential for gingivitis, the answer is not dropping from the sky. The dentist is suggesting this because of their own experience and what they may have learned from instructors.
An oral hygiene instructor is a dental professional who instructs patients and aspiring dentists on how to maintain their oral health. They will teach patients the specifics of their care while the dentist accomplishes the actual procedure.
Sometimes, instructors are present in the office. This is common in dental-oriented hospitals and larger offices. Sometimes, the instructor teaches budding dentists in a school capacity. Few instructors double as dentists though some will instruct on the side and commit to a dental practice as their main job. Others use it as a gateway as they progress through dental school. Most instructors have an associate’s degree, whereas a very small percent will carry a doctorate’s.
The twice a day rule is common knowledge, but a lot of dental advice is not. The specifics of what a dentist has to advise are based on the foundation and the instruction of an Oral Hygiene Instructor in Vancouver WA.
Some offices will have specific instructors that are separate from the dentists or dentists. In short, a dentist does the operation or procedure. He or she will offer some basic advice on maintenance, but the bulk of the discussion (both before and after the procedure) is advised by the Oral Hygiene Instructor in Vancouver WA. Some smaller offices will not have a separate instructor. They may have nurses pick up the role of advising or just do it directly. The office at Lewis Family Dentistry has an on-site advisor who will walk patients through the details of the procedure. The dentist can be present, but is not always.
Patients who receive clear advice on how to manage the aftermath of their procedure are calmed. A dentist may not always have the clear tact to walk a patient through the details, and that is okay. An advisor, ion the other hand, is particularly trained for clarity in their message. You can also visit them on Facebook for more information.