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Florida Dental Hygienist's Association
PO Box 13675
Tallahassee, Fl. 32317
(860) 896- 0603 phone
(860) 896-0604 fax

Executive Director
Tami Miller, RDH, BS

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Important Facts About Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases-both to protect teeth and gums, and also to protect patients' total health. They are graduates of accredited dental hygiene education programs in colleges and universities, and must take a written national board examination and a clinical examination before they are licensed to practice. In addition to treating patients directly, dental hygienists may also work as educators, researchers, and administrators

The "RDH" means Registered Dental Hygienist. The RDH credential identifies a dental hygienist as a licensed oral health professional. State licensure requirements typically indicate that a dental hygienist must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene education program, successfully pass a national written examination, and a state or regional clinical examination. (In Indiana, the designation LDH [Licensed Dental Hygienist] is used instead of RDH.)
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Admission requirements and prerequisites vary among the dental hygiene programs. Most include prerequisites in sciences, nutrition, psychology, sociology, English, and speech.
For specific program requirements and application process, it is necessary to contact the particular dental hygiene school


Upon completion of the program required prerequisites and acceptance in the dental hygiene program, the curriculum is 16 months to two years full-time and offers a certificate, associate degree or a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. Baccalaureate and Master's level degree programs are also offered for hygienists who are interested in education, research, public health or administration at private and state colleges and universities .

What Is a Dental Hygienist?

What Does the "RDH" Designation Mean?

Educational Requirements