Saskatoon Dental Group is a locally owned, full-scale Saskatoon dental clinic offering general dentistry services. At Saskatoon Dental Group, we are dedicated to offering excellent care to our amazing patients who are like family to us. We are grateful to treat whole families in Saskatoon across multiple generations, and have a mulicultural team speaking multiple languages. In our latest dental tip we discuss what Dental Hygienists do and how often you should see them.

Dental Hygienists: What do they do and how often should you see them?

Dental Hygienists work together with dentists to provide preventative oral care to patients. Their main goal is to help patients maintain good oral health, and ultimately save them as much as possible from requiring future dental repairs.

What does a Dental Hygienist Do?

When visiting your Dental Hygienist, you can expect a professional dental cleaning to get rid of any plaque build-up. Though their main purpose is to provide professional cleanings, there are other responsibilities of a Dental Hygienist including: 

  • Conducting Oral Health Assessments: Dental Hygienists play an important role in the early detection of dental problems. At your appointment, your dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums for inflammation, bleeding, and other signs of gum disease. For diseases such as Periodontal Disease, early detection is key and that is why frequent visits to your dental office are so important.

  • Evaluating Oral Hygiene Habits: Dental Hygienists will evaluate your brushing and flossing techniques and advise on areas needing improvement. Dental Hygienists also provide recommendations as to which products you should be using in order to treat concerns such as bad breath. Proper oral hygiene begins at home with you, and is necessary for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums.

  • Counseling Patients: Dental Hygienists have a lot of knowledge to share when it comes to oral hygiene. This includes advice regarding plaque control, as well as the importance of good nutrition when it comes to oral health.

Overall, the responsibilities of Dental Hygienists go hand in hand with dentists to ensure the oral healthcare of their patients is optimized.

How often should you see your Dental Hygienist?

Regular visits to your Dental Hygienist can help you avoid future dental problems. How frequently you should visit your Dental Hygienist is unique to each individual. As a general guideline, it is recommended that you pay a visit to your Dental Hygienist every 6 months. At Saskatoon Dental Group your Dental Hygienist will work together with your dentist to create a dental hygiene plan tailored to you. 


Remember that good oral health habits start at home and we encourage you to visit us once a year for a full checkup and examination. Oral health is closely tied to your overall health and wellness and often we can identify issues before they become problems.

We are always welcoming patients looking for a new dental family. If you would like to book a checkup or if you have any dental questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

See you soon!

The Saskatoon Dental Group Team


Dental Hygienist holding fake set of teeth explaining proper brushing to a male child patient