Dental hygienists are licensed health professionals who focus on
the prevention and treatment of diseases of the mouth and gums.
Dental hygienists work under the direction of dentists and oral
surgeons in private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals,
managed care organizations, correctional institutions, and nursing homes. Each
state has specific regulations controlling the range of services dental
hygienists can perform. Services may include:
Providing oral health care assessments that
include reviewing individual health histories, dental charting, and oral cancer
Taking and processing dental
Cleaning the teeth by removing plaque and calculus (tartar)
from above and below the gumline.
solutions, such as fluorides and sealants, to the teeth.
proper oral hygiene and plaque control techniques.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
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