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Dental Hygiene Department

Overview of Profession

Who Is the Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases-both to protect teeth and gums, and also to protect patients' total health. They are graduates of accredited dental hygiene education programs in colleges and universities, and must take written and clinical exams before they are allowed to practice. In addition to treating patients directly, dental hygienists also work as educators, researchers, and administrators.

What Do Dental Hygienists Do?

Each state has its own specific regulations and the range of services performed by dental hygienists vary from one state to another. As part of dental hygiene services, dental hygienists may:

Information provided by the ADHA website (opens new window).

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To inquire about the Dental Hygiene program, please contact Dr. Stacey Marshall.
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Last Update: September 21, 2015 4:29 PM

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