Preventative care which an RDHAP provides, is the key to avoiding extensive dental treatment. Neglecting one’s dental hygiene can create financial and painful consequences.
An RDHAP also benefits patients by bringing attention to acute infections as well as ill fitting dentures. This creates on overall continuity of care to the resident, nursing home provider and the referring health care providers.
Why use 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 independently 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.