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
This was my first visit. I was pleased with the care I received.
Gayle R.
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.
Pleasant Experience
Karen D.
Friendly staff, prompt service non beating around the bush pricing
John F.
Everyone was so amazing quick and easy. I recommend you go there for all your dental needs. Ill be going back soon
Rob R.
Everyone was friendly and very professional. Keep it up.
James C.
Everyone in your office now is so nice and professional.
Tammy V.
The hygienist worked diligently and gave me the best cleaning ever.
Robert H.
Everyone is very happy and informational.
Brooke H.
Friendly people and they did a great job!
Jose M.
Im new to the area from Michigan and I was in great need of a dentist . I broke a crown so I called to get it fixed they got me right in . I was very pleased with the work that DR Ivanova did and all […]
Darlene C.
Your office has taken good care of me and my teeth for many years.
Bob B.
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.
An all around excellent dental experience.. from the friendly & professional staff to the expertise and artistic abilities of Dr. Ivanova.. My Teeth look great are very healthy.. Thanks
Lou M.
I have been coming here for years, when the office was at the other location, and it has been good! Everytime I go.
Migdalia W.
Friendly staff. My hygienist was awesome
Linda E.
They always get me right in, no waiting. Staff very courteous and private with your dental needs. Have always had a small fear of dentist because of a bad experience, but everyone there makes you […]
Danny Y.
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.
Great staff from front desk to doc. Highly recommend if you need a bunch of awesome females taking care of your teeth!!!! Enjoy the experience, have sent several co workers there too!!!
Kristi C.
You explained everything and were very gentle and caring and not judgemental.
Joyce B.
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
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (727) 286-3945
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