WHAT IS A COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE DENTAL HYGIENIST?
Established in 1999 by the state legislature, a “Collaborative Practice Dental Hygienist” is a Registered Dental Hygienist who is certified by the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care and Dental Hygienists’ Committee to provide dental hygiene services without general supervision by a dentist, but in a cooperative working relationship with a dentist.
In other words, a Collaborative Practice Dental Hygienist is able to work outside of a traditional dental office setting, without a dentist present. The CPDH provides the same scope of services as any licensed New Mexico hygienist practicing in a dental office.
The CPDH partners with a consulting dentist who would then provide further diagnostic and restorative care for the patients. Collaborative Practice allows the hygienist to practice in a variety of health care settings, providing dental hygiene services to those who would not otherwise have access to care.
As a Collaborative Practice Dental Hygienist, I will work in partnership with local dentists and healthcare providers to deliver quality preventive and therapeutic oral healthcare to you, wherever you are, or wherever you call home.
She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
~ Benjamin Franklin