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Monday, September 1, 2014
Dental hygienists are a vital part of the team that meets the oral and overall health needs of patients. While dental hygienists are best known for cleaning teeth, they do much more. They:
Dental hygienists also play an important role as prevention specialists. They:
Hygienists are also trained to recognize the warning signs of potentially life-threatening diseases whose early symptoms first appear in the mouth. These include:
While they don't diagnose, they can guide patients on questions to ask their dentists.
Overall, dental hygienists are primarily responsible for life-long monitoring and protection of patients' oral health.
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Last Reviewed: Aug 11, 2014
Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University