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Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists are a vital part of the team that meets the oral and overall health needs of patients. While dental hygienists are best known for cleaning teeth, they do much more. They provide treatment for early and moderate gum disease. They take, process, and interpret x-rays (radiographs); apply sealants and fluorides to teeth; and document patient care. They also play an important role as prevention specialists. They teach patients appropr (More)


Understanding Dental Hygiene

  • Dental X-rays
  • Oral Health/Dental Specialists
  • Watch Your Mouth! (Multi-media partnership)
  • Dental Health: From the NIH
  • Tobacco Use and Periodontal Disease (American Academy of Periodontology)

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  • Are Treatments Available for Sensitive Teeth?
  • Bad breath
  • Can My Child Use Adult Toothpaste?
  • Cleaning Tooth Brushes
  • Deep root cleaning
  • Dental Polishing
  • Do Dental Kits Work?
  • How Is Whiteness of Teeth Measured?
  • Is Dental Polishing Safe?
  • Kid's Toothpaste
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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014