Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater
3690 East Bay Drive, Suite K, Largo, FL 33771

Coming Clean About Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygiene

Once you realize the role of the dental hygienist, you can appreciate all they do to keep you smiling. Teeth cleaning—removing plaque and tartar and polishing teeth to remove stains and restore the teeth’s shine—is the specialty of a dental hygienist. But in addition to teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist performs thorough examinations to detect any signs of gum disease and tooth decay, and take X-rays to check for dental problems with the teeth and jaw. While the dental hygienist may specialize in teeth cleaning, they really do so much more to help prevent dental health problems.

It takes compassion to be a dental hygienist—they must be sensitive to the anxiety and fear some people experience when they’re at the dentist. They need stamina to lean over patients for hours. They must have manual dexterity to perform teeth cleaning and other dental procedures. And they must possess attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills to communicate with patients.

A dental hygienist needs special training. Private dental practices require that a dental hygienist have at least an associate’s degree or certificate in dental hygiene. A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree is typically needed for teaching, research, or clinical practice in public health programs. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed, but each state’s requirements vary.

The dental hygienist field is expected to grow by nearly 40% between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than the average for other occupations. This is because ongoing research that links oral health with overall well-being will increase the need for the preventative care that a dental hygienist provides. Demand will also be driven by the aging baby boomers—whose wish to keep more of their original teeth than previous generations—will require preventative maintenance.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Clearwater, call Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater today at (727) 286-3945 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Clearwater. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
I had two cavities taken care of and was very pleased with the service, Dr. Ava was very good at what she did and so was her assistant, the no pain […]
Walter D.
The entire staff is kind and professional. The office is clean and updated with the latest technology. I highly recommend Clearwater Advanced Dental.
Douglas V.
great experience/love my dentist and the people who work there
Kerrie M.
The service is great!
Janice Z.
Very helpful and friendly staff.
Gregory C.
Everything was very good. Had no issues with anything.
Steve E.
Very nice staff and great work done by everyone who works here!
Nicholas K.
The staff and the hygentist are all very friendly!
Matthew M.
Very good place for dental work. Everyone is very caring.
Juanita G.
Excellent care, as always! :-)
Laci H.
Very professional, minimal waiting time.
Jason B.
Everyone is friendly and seem to genuinely care
Barbara E.
Love it!!
Elvir B.
After breaking a tooth I called to get an appointment, the receptionist told me I could come in the next day at 9 am. Upon my arrival I was told that […]
Melanie B.
Needed a tooth pulled and she pulled my tooth with hardly any discomfort and hurting even after the medicine wore off.
Patsy M.
Great place, and they do great work and very friendly! I would recommend Advanced Dental Care to everyone!
Eckwood E.
Excellent, Professional, and almost painless.
Catherine L.
They were very professional any helped me with a great payment plan
Janice N.
Staff is very pleasant and friendly. The office is neat and clean. The dental work is performed very well and in a relaxed environment.
Caley C.
Friendly and very little waiting time.
Juan B.
Went in for an emergency filling that fell out in the front of my mouth. I was able to be seen the same day and it was quality work, even better than […]
David M.
Dr. Ivanova is very caring and professional. I would recommend her.
Jacqueline C.
Its a great place. Staff is friendly and I am not waiting forever when there for an appointment
Dirk D.
The Dentist and Staff were great and made a painful situation for me less painful. I will definitely go back to them for all my future dental needs.
Kathy S.
Everyone their and all the procedures far exceeded my expectations . A special thanks to Morgan for taking care of the issues with my insurance , I […]
Thomas Z.
Friendly atmosphere, made me feel welcome & comfortable, when they were running behind the assistant was sincerely apologetic & concerned for my […]
Zaida T.
Staff is very nice, especially the Dr.
Paula K.
Thank you for being so helpful.
Jason H.
It was GREAT!!!!!!
Barbara G.
They are basically good people and competent industry professionals.
Terry J.
Friendly service, great staff.
Brent N.
Friendly service and great staff!
Anays A.
Awesome as always...and everyone is so kind
Barbara E.
The staff are very courteous. I use the Dental and Orthodontic services. Both give the best care I could ask for.
Renee B.
Outstanding dental care performed by Irene.
Dan H.
The staff & Dr. Ivanova are all very friendly but also professional. The office and all the patient areas are spotless and nice and bright. I love […]
Gloria C.
My appt was on time and the service was completed in one visit.
Cathy A.
You really know what you're doing, from the front office to the doctors. A nice new office too!
David M.
Came in for an extraction and everything went great. The procedure was quick and painless. I will definitely be bring long my family here.
Gary G.
Very friendly and clean, wonderful experience for this Dental Coward
Susan G.
As always the ladies are a treat to deal with.My appointment was at 3:00 and I was in by 3:02. Asia made me feel welcome and it felt like I was just […]
Michael T.
The staff and doctor are wonderful and professional. As much as I am afraid of the needles the doctor has a gentle touch and it makes my work up more […]
Shirley R.
Service was excellent
Floyd B.
JUst one word.. EXCELLENT !!!!!!
Alfonso D.
Best dentist i have ever been to.
Robert M.
Dr. Ivanova is so talented and sweet. Her staff is no different! I love being a patient at Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater :-)
Laci H.
I would likely recommend Advanced Dental Care
Lunique J.
Fast and painless fillings. Excellent attitudes.
Mark M.
Great staff and customer care
Patricia D.
Great people, great service
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (727) 286-3945
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