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Registered Dental Hygienist

Registered Dental Hygienists are Licensed Prevention Specialists

Do You Know Who Is Providing Your Oral Health Care?

Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH)

Are the only oral health care providers whose education specifically prepares them to provide preventive oral health care services that are critical to patients' overall health and wellness.

Through early detection of warning signs, dental hygienists often serve as a first line of defense against debilitating - sometimes deadly - diseases and disorders, such as hypertension, diabetes, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, osteoporosis, oral cancers and HIV. Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory ailments, and premature and low birth weight babies.

The RDH provides the patient with skills necessary to maintain lifetime dental health. Clinical services provided by the Dental Hygienist include oral health assessments, nutritional counseling, oral health education, tooth whitening procedures, tobacco cessation counseling, exposing and developing dental radiographs, removing soft and hard deposits from teeth (periodontal debridement), sealant application, fluoride application, microbial assay testing, as well as many other specific examinations/procedures. Registered Dental Hygienists perform critical services and enjoy attractive income potential.

Patients should know who is providing their oral health care. They deserve to have health care workers who are fully educated and licensed as a part of their professional oral health care team.

Contact Information

To learn more, contact:

American Dental Hygienists' Association,
444 North Michigan Avenue,
Suite 3400,
Chicago, IL 60611

1 (800) 847-6718