Along with the dentist, the dental hygienist is a healthcare professional that is able to offer services according to their credentials and registration from the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta. Dental hygienists work as part of the Sheremata & Kovacik Dental team, performing tasks involved with direct patient care.
It is important to note that a dental hygienist has to obtain formal training and education before it is possible to be registered. Generally, most jurisdictions require at least a two-year degree in dental hygiene, as well as a number of 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 most common group of tasks associated with this profession involves preventive dental care and educating the patient in general oral hygiene. Gum maintenance is often taken care of by the dental hygienist.
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.