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What is the difference between dentist and dental hygienist?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Privileges: The difference in the amount of education affords each a set of privileges, determined by the state in which they are licensed. For the most part, a hygienist practices under the direct supervision of a dentist. Use your favorite search engine to research exactly what each does in maintaining and restoring your oral health.
Dr. Larry Masuoka
Dentistry 38 years experience
More Education: Dentists receive a doctorate degree after four years (in most cases) in dental school. Most receive additional training in residencies or specialty training or military service. Dentists may provide all dental procedures their training allows. Dental Hygienists are trained in a more limited fashion to provide dental cleanings and local anesthesia.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How does a general dentist differ from a registered dental hygienist?

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Dr. Nishan Odabashian
Endodontics 30 years experience
A LOT: It''s like asking how does a medical doctor differ from a nurse practitioner. Dental hygienists clean teeth, and do a limited amount of deep cleaning (root planing and subgingival curretage). Dentists do everything else that has to do with teeth and the oral cavity. If you are asking about just a cleaning, i would probably want to see an rdh, while for everything else, i would want to see a dentis.

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