The dental hygienist should focus on prevention and oral care in order to prevent and combat tooth decay and gum disease. Patients can report directly to the dental hygienist if they need help in preventing tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease. The dental hygienist can then give advice on the oral hygiene measures to be taken.
Often a dental hygienist works in a practice as part of the dental team. There are also independent hygienists with their own office. The hygienist, like the dentist, is responsible for the inclusion of all relevant data in the patient’s file.
A dental hygienist can also work in an office specialising in, for example, periodontics, implantology or orthodontics, care institutions, special dentistry, youth dental care and hospitals. He/she has their own specific responsibilities.