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Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists are licensed health care professionals who promote oral health and wellness. Dental hygienists educate patients, regarding oral hygiene and preventive oral care.

Hygienists remove plaque, calculus and stains from teeth; expose and develop dental X-rays; and apply cavity-preventive agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants. In some states, they also administer local anesthetics and nitrous oxide; place and carve filling materials, temporary fillings, and periodontal dressings; remove sutures and perform root-planing.

Hygienists may not diagnose diseases, but they can prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret. Hygienists may also work chairside with the dentist during treatment.

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Dental hygienists administer local anesthesia to Clayton State University's Heather Eddy

All Smiles: Department of Dental Hygiene to begin training students in administration of local anesthesia

Several members of faculty from the Clayton State University Dental Hygiene program became board certified in Georgia in Spring 2024 to educate and train students in the administration of local anesthesia to patients in need.

Read more All Smiles: Department of Dental Hygiene to begin training students in administration of local anesthesia

Dental Hygiene seniors gather together for Career Day at McGarrah Elementary School in Morrow, Georgia

Dental Hygiene Lakers bring smiles to McGarrah Elementary Career Day

Clayton State University Dental Hygiene seniors recently spoke with kids at Morrow's McGarrah Elementary School about the importance of dental hygiene and the careers they're working toward in their final academic year.

Read more Dental Hygiene Lakers bring smiles to McGarrah Elementary Career Day

Another young patient is treated at the Clayton State Dental Hygiene Clinic

Dental Hygiene Clinic to serve youth for Children's Dental Health Month

The impact created by Clayton State's Dental Health Clinic made the local news, as Lakers provided free dental services for all children ages 3-17 to celebrate Natl. Children's Dental Health Month.

Read more Dental Hygiene Clinic to serve youth for Children's Dental Health Month


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