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California Dental Hygienists’ Association


What is an RDH?

RDH stands for Registered Dental Hygienist.

Registered Dental Hygienists are licensed preventive oral health professionals. Dental hygienists must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program with a certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree, pass the written National Board Examination and the clinical board licensure examination.

What is an RDHAP?

A Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) is a licensed registered dental hygienist with specialized training that holds a specific license to allow him or her to practice in settings outside of the traditional dental office. These practice settings may include but are not limited to schools, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, private homes and in some instances their own RDHAP offices. 

The RDHAP provides patients the same type of professional preventive care they would receive in a dental office but allows patients to receive this care conveniently.

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