We’re taking a minute to shout out our amazing hygiene team this month. Did you know that becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist is no small feat? From advanced graduate degrees to continuing education requirements, the amount of dedication it takes proves these professionals are committed to your oral health. Let’s shed some light on the steps hygienists take to provide you with the best care possible:
- ✓ Academic Rigor: Completing prerequisites in subjects like algebra, biology, and chemistry. This foundational knowledge sets the stage for their future expertise.
- ✓ Comprehensive Education: Graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program with theory and technique coursework in subjects like anatomy, nutrition, head and neck anatomy, physiology, immunology, pathology, infection control, and barrier precautions.
- ✓ Hands-On Training: Complete training under the direct supervision of a licensed hygienist.
- ✓ Examinations: Passing the written National Board Dental Hygiene Examination is no small feat—it’s a rigorous 9-hour test with 350 questions. They also successfully pass the Clinical (Practical) Examination, demonstrating their proficiency.
- ✓ Additional Requirements: Our hygienists are CPR certified, provide proof of immunization, undergo drug screening, and pass background checks to ensure your safety.
- ✓ Advanced Skills: We also go the extra mile by obtaining advanced certifications to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas).
- ✓ Commitment to Learning: Hygienists must maintain an ongoing commitment to excellence with 24 hours of continuing education every three years. Courses might include pharmacology, managing medically complex dental care, TMJ and clenching, or GERD – Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease.
Our hygiene team goes beyond cleaning teeth—they are your dental wellness educators, advocates, and cheerleaders! They’re dedicated to not only keeping your teeth and gums healthy but also ensuring you have the knowledge and support you need to maintain excellent oral health.