Along with the dentist, our dental hygiene team are healthcare professionals that can offer services after obtaining the proper credentials and registration from the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta. Dental hygienists work as part of the Memorial Square Dental team, performing certain tasks that involve direct patient care.
At Memorial Square Dental, our dental hygiene team prides themselves on their efficiency and keeping our practice running on time!
It is important to note that a dental hygienist has to obtain formal training and education before it is possible to be registered. Most jurisdictions require at least a two-year degree in dental hygiene, as well as science-related courses as part of the program. A hygienist will have taken courses that provide background in oral anatomy, pharmacology, nutrition, and periodontology. Perhaps the single most common group of tasks associated with the profession involves preventive dental care. Gum maintenance is often taken care of by the dental hygienist.
Some examples of the duties that may be performed by our registered dental hygienist are – along with scaling, the hygienist often engages in root planing, and in educating the patient in general oral hygiene. One of the most common tasks for the dental hygienist is the administration of local anesthesia.
Expanding the range of responsibilities that a dental hygienist may provide as part of the dentist office staff often means patients are seen and treated more quickly than in times past.