Gentle Dental of Westland
825 S Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48186

Understand the Inner Workings of a Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygiene

A dental hygienist is a special kind of person. It takes compassion to be sensitive to the fear some people experience when they go to the dentist. It takes stamina to spend hours leaning over patients. It takes manual dexterity and attention to detail to perform teeth cleaning and other dental procedures. And it takes excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with patients and co-workers alike.

Teeth cleaning is the specialty of a dental hygienist, so they focus on removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. They also polish teeth to remove stains and restore the enamel’s luster. A dental hygienist also makes prevention a priority, so besides teeth cleaning, they perform examinations to detect signs of dental problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay. They often take X-rays to check for problems with the teeth and jaw.

Another role of the dental hygienist is patient education, providing information about proper dental care practices. A dental hygienist helps patients develop and maintain good dental health habits, from recommending the right dental care tools to warnings about the foods and drinks that cause dental damage.

A dental hygienist needs special training. Private dental practices require that a dental hygienist has at least an associate’s degree or certificate in dental hygiene. A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree is typically needed for teaching, research, or clinical practice in public health programs. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed, but each state’s requirements vary.

Working with your dentist in Westland, the dental hygienist specializes in teeth cleaning, but they really do so much more to help prevent dental health problems.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland today at (734) 329-5284 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Westland. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Westland, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Westland.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Very clean and respectful
Brittney M.
My first visit to this office went much better than I anticipated, The staff at the front desk were friendly and attentive when I came in,was taken back right away to a examination room where Ronnie […]
Ron R.
My hygienist Marilyn is very personal. She made me feel comfortable. She was very thorough in explaining my treatment plan. You can tell that she really enjoys her job. I would definitely recommend […]
Keseanda R.
Brought my son to April for a cleaning and she made my son and i feel comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Kothari and his assistants are loving and kind. They explained everything very well. If you’re […]
Jalyn S.
I took my nephew to the dentist for the first Time​ and he was terrified. He started to cry before she even touched him. This young. Women was remarkable she talked to him and explained everything […]
Brian M.
My experience with ashley and Dr gatari was awesome and don’t have anything bad to say.i had a extraction done without any pain in my mouth and my wallet.thanks all of you and see you soon.
Tim E.
Dr Carpenter and his assistants are the best. Im a big big cry baby due to childhood dentist horror and they took care of me. Thanks everyone on today’s visit, Marilyn too!
Antionice H.
Service was excellent , seen in a timely manner and staff were so professional and nice… would definitely recommend to others.
Shaye S.
The hygienist was great! My teeth felt very clean.
Lyric B.
I was referred by a friend of mine to a good Gental Dental of Westland specially to see Dr. Kothari, I am very pleased to announce that I really got an excellent service by all employees and the […]
Kandarp T.
Friendly and Gentle. Dr. Carpenter and his assistant, as well as the office staff, were all absolutely wonderful!
Rhonda H.
Good care, helpful staff
Maya T.
I’ve never actually felt like I had a family dentist until we started coming here three years ago. They are great with my girls and make sure I know exactly what our insurance covers. […]
Dana T.
Great service, friendly staff
Shaun H.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Dr. Carpenter took really good good care of me during my procedure which was a long and hard one. I didn’t feel one bit of pain. Not even when he was […]
Deborah G.
April is the best hygienist I’ve ever had. She’s the best. My teeth feel great. Thank you April
Cheryl R.
Very professional and kind.
Barbara M.
I like how they treat my son
David O.
I love how April takes her time to understand each patient needs to make everyone comfortable, my daughter has special needs and April was very patient with her. I bring all 3 of my daughters to her. […]
Londyn A.
Very nice staff and I love my dentures.
Kim M.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (734) 329-5284
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