What is an RDHAP?
are mid-level dental professionals who meet the needs of an underserved population. An RDHAP carries a license which allows them to have their own independent business in various settings other than a dental office. The dental hygienist in alternative practice provides specific preventative procedures such as oral health screenings, periodontal cleanings and patient specific oral hygiene instructions.
RDHAP's can provide their services in schools, institutions, residences, clinics, skilled nursing facilities and private homes of homebound persons. By using portable dental equipment the RDHAP delivers the ideal treatment in the environment which
the patient feels most comfortable. Feeling safe in their environment minimizes anxiety and stress, which could otherwise complicate or aggravate medical conditions. These procedures improve the patient's health and quality of life.
Research suggests that whole body health has a direct relationship with periodontal and oral health. The bacteria from periodontal disease can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. With this finding, good oral health becomes even more important for the elderly and disabled.
Why use an RDHAP?
The preventative care which an RDHAP provides is the key to avoiding extensive dental treatment. Neglecting one's dental hygiene can create a financial and painful consequence. Smiles By Staci works directly with your personal physician, dentist, pharmacist, nursing directors and staff to bring you the level of dental hygiene care