General Dental Hygienist Info
A dental hygienist (frequently misspelled dental hygenist) is a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventative care of the oral cavity for the purposes of precluding gum disease, root decay, cavities, gingivitis, and so forth.
Most dental hygienists (also known as oral hygienists) are licensed to administer local anesthesia according to regional standards. Among the procedures typically performed by a dentist's hygienist are oral cleaning, radiographs, sealants, scaling and root planing.
In the majority of states, a hygienist will work beside a dentist as a member of his dental "team." A few states, however, permit dental hygienists to practice their trade independently, in other words, without a dentist's supervision.
Read on for more concentrated information on dental hygienists' training and typical in-office dental hygienist tasks.