Dental Hygiene

From its inception, dental hygiene has had a strong foundation in managing dental care delivery.10-13,18 The role of the dental hygienist was created to identify and treat dental infections before they became too severe for treatment, to refer patients to the appropriate health care providers, and to prevent dental disease in all populations. Dental hygiene science and practice has helped create a more “dentally-healthy” population. Many do not realize the difference a dental hygienist makes in population-based health, until visiting a country without dental hygienist.22