A dental hygienist or dental dentist is an authorized dental professional, duly registered with a dental board or regulatory body in their respective country of profession. The hygienists play a very important role in the maintenance of oral hygiene and practice of the dentists. They give proper care and prevent diseases like tooth decay, gum disease, caries and abscesses etc.Learn more about us at Dental Hygienist-Kessler Dental Associates
To become a dental hygienist, one needs to obtain a master’s degree specializing in dental hygiene from an accredited college or institution. A two-year residency course also called the Dentistry Internship is a great opportunity to gain experience and learn the practical aspects of the dental practice. During the course, the students will learn dental hygiene principles, sterilization procedures, extraction, preservation techniques, oral diseases, basic medical sciences including radiology, pathology, pharmacology and obstetrics/maternal health, oral surgery, clinical methods of diagnosing and treating dental disorders and professional conduct during the clinical procedures. In addition to these, the students will be given extensive clinical training on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and permanent correction of oral problems.
After completing the full course curriculum, the student will be able to participate in the F Dip or Freshman Year Dental Hygienist Examination and also the written examination administered by the State Board of License or Dentistry for the examination of certified dental hygienist. The State Board of License will issue the license once all requirements are met including a background investigation. After the licensing process, the dental hygienist will need to register with the State Board of License to continue to practice in that state. Most dental hygienists start their practice by working as an assistant to a dentist who performs the actual dental treatments. Later on, dental hygienists may open their own private practice and perform full time dental treatments.