Professional Whitening: The Role of the Dental Hygienist

As the demand for tooth whitening increases and consumers are making their own diagnostic decisions regarding tooth whitening, it is important that this smile enhancing process become a part of dental hygiene clinical protocols.

May 1st, 2013

A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Kristy Menage Bernie, RDH, BS, RYT

Abstract

As the demand for tooth whitening increases and consumers are making their own diagnostic decisions regarding tooth whitening, it is important that this smile enhancing process become a part of dental hygiene clinical protocols. A focus on professional tooth whitening — whitening provided chairside or professionally dispensed — will be provided and includes the dental hygiene process of care. Maximizing and improving oral health through tooth whitening provides the rationale for dental hygienists to identify, implement, and maintain this esthetic opportunity.

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