A dental practice needs good dental hygienists in order to properly care for patients. Here at Smiles Family Dental, our dental hygienists are highly skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate. They make their patients their highest priority and go the extra mile to provide comfortable, high-quality care. Call us at 972-346-1100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Angelie Zamora, Dr. Pauline Nguyen or Dr. Jennifer Mink and meet our dental hygienists in Flower Mound, Texas!
What is a dental hygienist?
A dental hygienist is a trained dental professional. A hygienist works alongside the dentist to diagnose problems and provide care, assisting the dentist whenever needed. They may also take over specific duties and tasks.
What does a dental hygienist do?
Dental hygienists provide a number of services, including:
- Dental cleanings
- Patient screening and preliminary exams
- Patient education
- X-rays and impressions
- Some treatments, including preventive care (fluoride and sealants) and some surgical tasks (removing sutures, administering anesthesia, etc.)
What training do dental hygienists receive?
Dental hygienists complete a number of training requirements and certifications to become licensed to provide professional care. These requirements include:
- A college degree from an institution approved by the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA). The minimum requirement is an associate degree, but many hygienists complete bachelor’s or master’s degrees.
- A passing score on the National Board Dental Hygiene examination and on a state-based clinical exam.
Hygienists must renew their licenses every one to three years.
For more information or to set up an appointment with our dentists, please call our office and speak with a member of our team.