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Frequently Asked Questions
- Where Do Dental Hygienists Work?
- Dental hygienists can work as clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, preventive program developers, consumer advocates, sales and marketing managers, editors, and consultants. Clinical dental hygienists may work in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, or nursing homes.
- What Does the "RDH" Designation Mean?
- The "RDH" means Registered Dental Hygienist. The RDH credential identifies a dental hygienist as a licensed oral health professional. State licensure requirements typically indicate that a dental hygienist must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene education program, successfully pass a national written examination, and a state or regional clinical examination. (In Indiana, the designation LDH [Licensed Dental Hygienist] is used instead of RDH.)
- How Can I Get More Information about RDHs?
- Please contact the American Dental Hygienists' Association-the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 120,000 licensed dental hygienists nationwide by visiting us on the Internet at www.adha.org.
Information provided by the ADHA website.