Yes, dental hygienists are a vocal group. For those dentists who utilize their hygienists effectively, they know those RDHs in their treatment rooms are far more than “teeth cleaners”. They have been trained to perform oral exams to find all kinds of abnormal situations. They can intelligently talk to their clients about their medications and the potential effects in their mouth. They can help explain the benefits of dental implants to replace missing teeth.
No wonder there was such a response from hygienists when a recent episode of The View grossly under-acknowledged their educational requirements. The professional dental hygienists know that they are treating inflammation and care about the healing that must occur following scaling and root planing. Perhaps that is why we’ve received such a great response from hygienists who are looking for a product to relieve the inflammatory signs and symptoms, particularly after a procedure like SRP.
Yes, dental hygienists perform valuable services for their patients and their employers. They are educated for a specific role in the dental community and rightfully proud of their profession.
Click here to watch the segment on “The View” .
Click here to read ADHA’s press release on “The View”.
Click here to read ADHA’s letter to “The View”.