A registered dental hygienist is a preventive oral health professional who has graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program, licensed in dental hygiene, who provides educational, clinical, research, administrative, and therapeutic services supporting total well being through the promotion of optimal oral health.
According to the Occupational Regulations Section of the Michigan Public Health Code:
"Practice as a dental hygienist means" practice at the assignment of a dentist in that specific area of dentistry based on specialized knowledge, formal education, and skill with particular emphasis on preventive services and oral health education.
For more information on how to become a registered dental hygienist, please visit the American Dental Association Web site, the American Dental Hygienists' Association Web site or the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association Web site.
The Michigan Dental Foundation offers scholarship opportunities for dental students, dental assistants and dental hygienists. The scholarship application is available by clicking on the link below. NOTE: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view the application forms.