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Mobile Dental Hygiene Services

Working with an RDHAP

 

What is An RDHAP?

An RDHAP is a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice. An RDHAP has specialized training and an additional license that allows them to have their own independent business and work in settings other than a dental office and without the supervision of a dentist.

Why was the RDHAP created?

The California Legislature created the RDHAP to deliver quality preventive dental hygiene services to those who don't have easy access to traditional dental offices care. The legislature authorized a Health Manpower Pilot Project to review the work of dental hygienists practicing independently and determined the care they provide is equal to care received in a dental office setting.

Where are the RDHAP services provided?

RDHAP's service communities in different environments such as, schools, institutions, residence and skilled nursing facilities and private homes of homebound persons.

How can RDHAPs be of value to special needs patients?

The RDHAP can be a link between residential home administration and staff, families and community dental providers. They are a conduit between the dentist and the consumer.

They are licensed to provide:

  • Oral evaluations & screenings
  • Oral care plans
  • Customized direct care staff in-service training for providing resident oral care
  • In-residence and bed-side dental hygiene care which may include:
  • Oral Prophylaxis (cleaning of debris, bacteria and deposits above the gumline)
  • Non-surgical periodontal therapies (scaling and root planning below the gumline which may require topical anesthetic)
  • Disinfection therapy
  • Saliva testing
  • Dry mouth treatments
  • Sensitivity treatments
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Denture and partial cleaning
  • Strategies for prevention of cavities and gum disease

 

How does the RDHAP get paid?

RDHAPs are independent providers who may bill insurance companies and responsible parties for services provided. Non-covered dental hygiene services for residents of SNF's qualify for Share of Cost. Fees for in-service presentations and training will vary.

Why utilize an RDHAP?

Prevention is the key to avoiding extensive dental treatment and the toll it takes on the resident and skilled nursing facility staff. Studies show a dramatic decline in acute respiratory infections and life threatening illness with regular oral care. Improved health will significantly reduce health care expenses over a lifetime. The general health and wellness of caregivers and residential staff improves with the health of their patients. This is a significant fact which is generally overlooked and undervalued.


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