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Dental hygienists are licensed health professionals who focus on
the prevention and treatment of diseases of the mouth and gums.
Dental hygienists work under the direction of dentists and oral
surgeons in private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals,
managed care organizations, correctional institutions, and nursing homes. Each
state has specific regulations controlling the range of services dental
hygienists can perform. Services may include:
Dental hygienists are graduates of accredited dental hygiene
education programs. They must pass written and clinical examinations before they can
Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
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