After obtaining the proper credentials and registration from the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta, dental hygienists form an integral part of the dental team. Along with the dentist, dental hygienists work as part of the Ultima Dental Wellness team, offering many dental services and performing certain tasks involving direct patient care.
It is important to note that dental hygienists have to obtain formal training and education before it is possible to be registered. 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. Generally, a hygienist will have taken courses that provide background in oral anatomy, pharmacology, nutrition, and periodontology. Perhaps the single most common group of tasks associated with the profession involves preventive dental care. Gum maintenance is often taken care of by the dental hygienist.
Some examples of the duties that may be performed by our registered dental hygienist are: cleanings, engaging in root planning, and educating the patient in general oral hygiene. One of the most common tasks for the dental hygienist is the administration of local anesthesia.
Expanding the range of responsibilities that a dental hygienist may provide as part of the dental team often means patients are seen and treated more quickly than would otherwise be the case.
Our Dental Hygiene Team look forward to meeting you and your family!