What is a RDH?
Do you know who cleans your teeth? Ask for a RDH!
Registered dental hygienists (RDH) are licensed oral health professionals who use preventive, educational and therapeutic methods to prevent oral disease in an effort to achieve total health. A state license and the RDH designation assure patients that the person providing preventive oral health care has completed the educational requirements at an accredited college and has successfully completed national and regional board examinations.
You may expect a RDH to provide you with the following services at a preventive care visit:
Review and update your health history Check your blood pressure Perform oral cancer screening Evaluate your gum tissue Check your occlusion Take any necessary x-rays Evaluate teeth for decay to make recommendations to dentist Remove plaque, tartar and stains Apply fluoride Apply pit and fissure sealants Provide toothbrush and flossing instructions Education of periodontal condition Nutritional counseling Make recommendations for future hygiene appointments Evaluate possible cosmetic improvements Tobacco cessation counseling Present treatment plan Be an advocate for both patient and dentist
Remember….the RDH is your key to obtaining quality oral health care!!!