The Important Role of the Dental Hygienist

The Important Role of the Dental Hygienist

When you schedule an appointment with the dentist, typically you’ll meet with both the dentist and the dental hygienist. Together, they care for the entirety of your oral health, including education on the best ways for you to maintain dental health at home.

Dental hygienists, or “Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH)” are professional, highly-trained and dedicated to their patients. They focus on the prevention of gum disease and cleaning of the teeth during routine dental visits. Dental Hygienists are the first line when it comes to spotting tooth decay or other issues and assist the dentist during procedures.

Registered Dental Hygienists typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene to practice and every state requires Dental Hygienists to be licensed, (requirements for licensing vary by state). 

Dental Hygienists must also complete many hours of continuing professional development each year and be covered by insurance.

Your Dental Hygienist is available to answer any questions you may have and help you to understand your oral health, procedure options, cosmetic opportunities or anything else you may need. To make your next appointment, give us a call here in Gilbert. Your team at Smiles at San Tan Ranch is here for you.

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