Along with the dentist, the dental hygienist is a healthcare professional that can offer services after obtaining the proper credentials and registration from the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta. Dental hygienists work as part of the Northern Hills Dental team, performing periodontal therapy, cleanings, sealants, and other patient care.
It is important to note that a dental hygienist has 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 science-related courses as part of the program. A hygienist will have taken courses that provide background in oral anatomy, pharmacology, nutrition, and periodontology. Perhaps the single most common task associated with the profession involves preventive dental care, and gum maintenance.