Dental hygienists are licensed preventive oral health care professionals. They provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services to patients in dental offices, schools, long-term facilities, and public health settings. Clinical skills include: taking health histories, blood pressure screenings, oral cancer screenings, dental charting, periodontal assessment, exposing and interpreting dental radiographs, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, dental prophylaxis, application of fluoride and sealants, nutritional counseling and tobacco cessation.
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