Duties and Responsibilities

Role of the Dental Hygienist

Duties & Responsibilities

The Dental Hygienist is a licensed member of the dental health team, dedicated to helping patients maintain good oral health and preventing dental disease. Although the tasks performed by a hygienist vary from state to state, the primary functions are:

  • remove calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) above and below the gum line
  • assess and chart the teeth and oral structures
  • expose, process and label dental radiographs
  • provide oral hygiene instructions
  • provide dietary analysis and counseling services
  • apply cavity-prevention agents, such as fluoride and sealants
  • design and implement community dental health programs
  • work with special population groups such as the elderly, mentally/physically handicapped, or minority groups
  • perform the Expanded Functions legally allowable in Florida