Would you like to be able to rate your dental hygienist or your independent dental hygienist on ratemds.com ?
I just wanted to say hey and to ask for your opinion on this topic.
You see your dental hygienist for what, 2-3-4 times per year for one hour or more each time, you see a dentist for what, 2 minutes per year if you have no dental issues.
Do you like your dental hygienist? Tough love I know, but it's good for you ... keeps your dental repair costs low and keeps you healthier in general.
Did you know that you can rate your nurse practitioner, your physiotherapist, your midwife, and other professions on this site that are not doctors?
If you think that dental hygienists should be added as a category to this site, please reply YES to this post.
Top 10 Things to Know About Your Dental Hygienist
1. 1. Highly Educated Professionals -- The minimum level of education for licensure is equivalent to a four-year degree with two years specializing in dental hygiene.
2. 2. Committed to Expanding Access to Care-- Specially licensed hygienists can go into underserved communities and provide dental hygiene services to some of the millions of Americans who would otherwise have no access to dental care in certain states. However, some states limit this important access to care.
3. 3. Screen for Oral Cancer -- Dental hygienists possess the skills to be the first healthcare professional to identify potential signs of oral cancer and refer a patient to a physician.
4. 4. Promote Healthy Nutrition -- Dental hygienists can tell if a patient is eating poorly or is malnourished; they can then offer helpful advice and information.
5. 5. Spot Signs of Eating Disorders -- Also related to nutritional issues, eating disorders can also be recognized in the mouth during examination.
6. 6. Recognize Signs of Diabetes -- Dental hygienists can alert patients that they might be in danger from diabetes, and refer them to seek confirmation from a physician. Furthermore, dental hygienists are qualified to detect a wide range of other life-threatening conditions, including high blood pressure and HIV.
7. 7. Promote Tobacco Cessation -- When examining patients who use tobacco products, dental hygienists will counsel them to quit and provide resources and information about steps they can take to stop tobacco use.
8. 8. Prevent Periodontal (Gum) Disease -- By providing nonsurgical periodontal care and examining teeth and gums, dental hygienists play a major role in preventing common oral diseases and reducing the risk of many systemic diseases related to periodontal disease.
9. 9. Understand the Link Between Oral Health and Emotional Health in Children -- Dental hygienists are passionate about promoting good oral health among children, who can often suffer speech impediments, social ridicule, diminished self esteem and other problems related to poor oral health.
10. 10. Represented by ADHA, the Official Voice of Dental Hygiene -- Dental hygienists have been making continuous strides toward becoming the skilled, autonomous, and essential healthcare professionals that they are today (see above discussion).
* Courtesy of California Dental Hygienists' Association