Dental Hygienist Near Me: "Who Should I Choose?

Dr. Kyle Hornby

Are you looking for a "dental hygienist near me" or "dental hygienist in Kitchener"? The hygienist who cares for your teeth sees you 2, 3, and for some patients 4 times each year. If you see the same Hygienist every time, you will get to know them very quickly. The Patient-Hygienist relationship is an important one. Patients are often more comfortable chatting with their Hygienist than their Dentist. They are more likely to direct questions to their Hygienist. So, the value of choosing the right Dental Hygienist cannot be underestimated.

Dental Hygienist Near Me: What Can a Hygienist do For Me?

Finding the right "dental hygienist near me" is important as a Hygienist is a knowledgeable care provider. Hygienists are experts at auditing your oral home care efficacy. They are experts at coaching you (gently) about your brushing and flossing techniques, too. Hygienists can recommend cleaning tools that most people don't even know exist! When you find the right "dental hygienist near me", they can help you to avoid cavities and gum disease saving you money on expensive reparative treatments.

Dental Hygienist Near Me: Hygiene at the Dentist Vs. Private Hygiene Clinics

The single most common reason that people seek out private hygiene clinics is saving money. However, fees at a private hygiene clinic are not significantly lower than those at your Dentist's office. When you have your teeth cleaned by a Registered Dental Hygienist at your Dentist's office, you enjoy the convenience of having your check-up exams in one place and at one time. There is no need to schedule a separate check-up at a different place on a different day.

Additionally, if a private clinic hygienist detects a questionable area they will recommend that you see your Dentist for a Specific Examination. Whether the noted area requires treatment or not, you will pay for a specific exam with your Dentist. If you are at your Dentist for a cleaning appointment, and your Registered Dental Hygienist detects a suspicious area, your Dentist will examine and possibly fix it then and there. Additionally, you won't be charged for a Specific Exam.

So, there are inconveniences and possible extra charges that come with dental cleanings at a private hygiene clinic. However, some Dental Offices experience staff turnover and you are less likely to see different faces each time you visit a private hygiene clinic. These clinics tend to be owned and operated by a single hygienist.

However, if you can find a Dental Office with little to no staff turnover (and they are out there), you are likely to see the same faces each time you go!

In summary, if you are wondering "where can I find a top-notch dental hygienist near me?", think about what you are looking for in a provider, first. Also, it is important to consider whether you want to split up your providers and add time getting to multiple offices or streamline and simplify your dental care by having hygiene services provided at a Dental Office.

Best of luck in your search for a "dental hygienist near me"!

Thank you for reading!

By Dr. Kyle Hornby, Dentist in Kitchener

If you would like to discuss how our Registered Dental Hygienists, Sarah & Aura, can help you with your oral healthcare or would like to book a no-charge Meet & Greet appointment, give us a call at (519) 576-8160 or request a consult with our team here.

Our Kitchener Dentist is conveniently located in Downtown Kitchener and we are a short drive away for families in Kitchener, Waterloo, Breslau & Stratford.

This article is meant to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a dental condition or treatment.

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