A registered dental hygienist (RDH) is someone who specializes in preventative oral health care. They examine and clean a patient's teeth and gums of soft and hard deposits and they record the presence of any tooth or gum related diseases. They also provide therapeutic treatments that are meant to stop tooth and gum related diseases and teach the patient how to practice proper oral hygiene. It is also the responsibility of some registered dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia to a patient before any kind of oral surgery. RDH's also take and develop x-rays of patients' teeth.
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Tasks
Record the presence of diseases or abnormalities.
Examine patients teeth and gums.
Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
Remove soft and hard deposits from teeth.