Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Of course most of you who clicked on this page already know what an RDH is, but there are a few visitors who are curious and don't know yet. This page is to describe the basic roles of a dental hygienist, although some states can vary on what they allow.

As taken from the ADHA website.........:

What Do Dental Hygienists Do?

A career as a dental hygienist offers a wide range of challenges.

In the dental office, the dentist and the dental hygienist work together to meet the oral health needs of patients. Since each state has its own specific regulations regarding their responsibilities, the range of services performed by hygienists varies from state to state. Some of the services provided by dental hygienists may include:

patient screening procedures; such as 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;

taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays);

removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth;

applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides);

teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; (e.g., toothbrushing, flossing and nutritional counseling);

counseling patients regarding good nutrition and its impact on oral health;

making impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs); and

performing documentation and office management activities.

 

Since each state has its own specific regulations regarding the dental hygienists' responsibilities, the range of services provided by a dental hygienist varies from state to state. Responsibilities generally include removing deposits from teeth and providing oral health education.

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