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
Cleanings, cavities, and wisdom teeth extraction, oh my! I’ve been going to this location for years and had inspections, cleanings, cavities filled, 1 crown and 1 wisdom tooth extraction. I’m […]
Ah B.
Advanced Dental Care in Largo is first class!! It is a place I’ve had work done in the past and because I moved a couple years ago I’ve had to go to a place closer to home in Ocala. Let me tell […]
Mark N.
Excellent customer service and excellent medical staff.
Jacqueline C.
Awesome place for dental care! Friendly, careing and very down to earth. Great staff.. they greet you with a nice smile and remember their patients, so they’re ready to check you in. No wait time […]
Patsy R.
Very professional staff, knowledgeable and caring.
Amanda E.
Friendly people and they did a great job!
Jose M.
The staff here are very friendly! Easy to make an appointment and they don’t make you wait when you get there! 5 stars!
Wayne C.
Clean, modern facility, staff on time so i didn’t have to wait and good service.
Jane G.
great staff
Kayla M.
It was clean and fast and the dentists were friendly.
Jennifer K.
Excellent efficient on time service
John F.
I love the whole atmosphere friendly and lots of smiles.
Effie S.
Prompt courteous service, and did not try to sell me on services I don’t need
Francis B.
The staff at Advanced Dental got me in with no appointment and are always very helpful & friendly!
Lyamber W.
Satisfied with everything!
Lisa S.
Everyone in the office demonstrates a truly caring attitude and all the staff are very approachable and friendly.
Susan C.
Staff very friendly. I was well informed of each step of my treatment. The office and treatment rooms very neat and clean.
Ann M.
Your office has taken good care of me and my teeth for many years.
Bob B.
I feel like I am listened to as a patient and the care that I receive is top notch.
Scott C.
Excellent patient relations. Quality care. Great staff.
Kimberly R.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
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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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