A Dental Hygienist is a professional who specializes in preventive oral health care, specifically oral hygiene. They work as part of the dental team to ensure that you have proper care for your teeth. They are licensed professionals that must be a graduate of an accredited school and also pass the ADA clinical and written exam.
Dental Hygienist’s job duties can be broken down in three different groups:
- Maintain and Promote preventive services to their Clients for Good Oral Health.
- Educating and Nurturing Patients on how to develop good practices and importance of good oral care.
- Provide services or treatments to stop diseases and maintain the health tissues of the mouth
The common set of procedures that a hygienist performs revolves around preventive care:
- Performing patient screening (assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting and taking blood pressure and pulse)
- Teeth cleaning – removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all the surfaces of the teeth.
- Handling of the capturing and developing of dental radiographs (x-rays)
- Administer Dental Sealants, fluorides, and educating to their patients for good oral care.
- And in some cases, depending on location, they may administer local anesthesia.
Dental Hygienists are an invaluable part of the dental community and cater to the largest part of the Dental Healthcare industry. After all, preventive care is one of the most important aspects being in the health care profession.
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