Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue
11180 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213

Coming Clean About Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygiene

Once you realize the role of the dental hygienist, you can appreciate all they do to keep you smiling. Teeth cleaning—removing plaque and tartar and polishing teeth to remove stains and restore the teeth’s shine—is the specialty of a dental hygienist. But in addition to teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist performs thorough examinations to detect any signs of gum disease and tooth decay, and take X-rays to check for dental problems with the teeth and jaw. While the dental hygienist may specialize in teeth cleaning, they really do so much more to help prevent dental health problems.

It takes compassion to be a dental hygienist—they must be sensitive to the anxiety and fear some people experience when they’re at the dentist. They need stamina to lean over patients for hours. They must have manual dexterity to perform teeth cleaning and other dental procedures. And they must possess attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills to communicate with patients.

A dental hygienist needs special training. Private dental practices require that a dental hygienist have 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.

The dental hygienist field is expected to grow by nearly 40% between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than the average for other occupations. This is because ongoing research that links oral health with overall well-being will increase the need for the preventative care that a dental hygienist provides. Demand will also be driven by the aging baby boomers—whose wish to keep more of their original teeth than previous generations—will require preventative maintenance.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in East Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue today at (313) 925-3090 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in East Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Gratiot Avenue, 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 at Gratiot Avenue.

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Patient Reviews
Very professional, staff.
Timothy K.
Because of how they work with you on payment plans. . Been using this office since I was a child. Great dentist with a great staff.
Carla M.
I love the staff they are really friendly and concern about your care.
Brianna T.
I have 3 boys I’m usually out in two hours which is convieint for me
Bridget D.
Timing was quick and the people was so nice. I can’t wait to go again
Sharnee M.
Fast friendly help me out with a lot
Shamika S.
The staff is very kind,the service great and Dr.Z makes sure that you understand the procedures when he see’s you.
Charlene P.
Good service
Mizell R.
I’ve been taking my kids to this dentist since their very first dental visits. They’re usually out in an hr and a half tops! The staff are normally pleasant. The kids love it and they make them […]
AunDree E.
Dr Z is awesome. The staff is friendly yet professional.
Deana C.
Micheal R.
Great and fast service. The staff is very friendly.
Cayvionne P.
I am the guardian for Marcus Hinton. I had my dentures repaired at your office and was impressed at number of little children you served. Most skipped happily inside for their procedure and skipped […]
Marcus H.
Because the dentist is very good and knowledgeable.
Jerry G.
Everyone was friendly and caring and very helpful it’s clean respectful
Shamyra G.
Friendly staff very helpful
Crystal C.
This is the best dentist ever !!!!! They really were gentle and not expensive at all ….
D E.
Great service
Jazmyn C.
They take good care of my daughter teeth
Nevaeh S.
Friendly, great environment, and knowledgeable people
Ebony W.
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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 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (313) 925-3090
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