Pre-Dental Hygiene Concentration
Registered dental hygienists are licensed oral health care professionals whose preventive services limit the extent of cavities and periodontal (gum) disease. They provide oral health care to patients by scaling and polishing teeth; charting oral conditions; taking and processing x-rays; applying preventive topical fluorides and sealants; and providing advice and instruction concerning oral health.
Dental hygienists work as clinical practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, preventive program developers, and consultants. Registered (licensed) dental hygienists practice according to the requirements of individual state dental practice acts.