Our Dental Hygienists

What is a dental hygienist?

A dental hygienist is a specially trained, licensed dental practitioner who focuses on examining patients for signs of oral diseases, providing treatment and carrying out preventative dental care. They play a core role in oral healthcare and are mainly concerned with gum health - showing people individualized at-home oral care to help keep the teeth and gums healthy. Dental hygienists work closely with dentists to meet the specific needs of patients.

What kind of services do dental hygienists provide?

  • Patient screening procedures, including a comprehensive assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection, dental charting, and evaluation of gum disease
  • Taking, developing and interpreting dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • Professional teeth cleaning including tooth scaling and tooth polishing and debridement to remove calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth
  • Applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
  • Administering local anaesthetic and/or nitrous oxide analgesia
  • Educating patients appropriate oral hygiene techniques to maintain oral health, such as toothbrushing and flossing
  • Counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
  • Making impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)
  • Performing in-office teeth whitening procedures (Zoom teeth whitening, Laser teeth whitening)

At Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic, our dental hygienists also visit schoolchildren all over the UAE as part of our clinics’ school project. Our dental hygienists educate young children about proper oral hygiene and nutrition. Write to us if you wish our dental hygienists to come and visit your school.

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