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a hygienist serves many functions in the dental office. the hygienist carefully examines your teeth, mouth and gums and looks for any signs of decay, periodontal disease, and oral cancer.

a hygienist is trained to use instruments and techniques to thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth. the hygienist will help treat for gum disease, such as the scaling and the root planning.

a hygienist will teach you how to effectively care for your teeth at home to help you prevent decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease, show you how to select the proper toothbrush and dental floss.

a dental hygienist is trained and licensed. a hygienist training includes courses in chemistry, physiology, nutrition, microbiology, head and neck anatomy, pharmacology, and radiology. prior to graduation, a hygienist must pass rigorous tests and complete hundred’s of clock hours of instruction in a clinical practice.