Learning about the Assisted Hygiene Model

March 2, 2022

MDP uses two hygiene models based on the needs of the practice: traditional and fully assisted. In a traditional model, a single hygienist manages all aspects of hygiene care. A fully assisted model, on the other hand, is one where a hygienist has a dedicated assistant that supports them with certain responsibilities to deliver more patient care.

How does assisted hygiene work?

Similar to assisting the doctor, the hygiene assistant is responsible for setting up and tearing down the operatory, updating patient charts, taking radiographs and photos, keeping notes, as well as sterilizing and disinfecting surfaces. Fully assisted hygienists spend their day working at the top of their scope, assessing patients’ periodontal health, delivering therapeutic services, utilizing the diode laser, and placing sealants.

Utilizing a fully assisted hygiene model can mean a more productive and efficient use of time, while providing more support for hygienists so they can focus on what they do best.

What is the role of the hygienist in a fully assisted model? 

Fully assisted hygienists tend to work between two columns of patients and two operatories. The hygienist is responsible for communicating direction and providing guidance to the hygiene assistant. Our ultimate goal at MDP is always to take care of our team members and ensure this process honors the hard work and ongoing commitment of hygienists to their patients, practice and MDP. Because a fully assisted hygienist will be running two operatories with additional responsibilities like providing guidance and overseeing the care of more patients, they receive higher pay. 

What are the benefits? 

A fully assisted hygiene model offers benefits for both the hygienist and the assistant.

For hygienists:

  • Work more efficiently with a dedicated assistant.
  • Utilize license to its fullest scope in our technically advanced dental practice.
  • Wait less on the doctor and stay on schedule. 
  • Receive higher base pay.

For assistants: 

  • Start a path toward other clinical roles, such as an expanded dental assistant, hygienist or doctor. 
  • Gain important knowledge and experience working with the hygienist to improve your skills. 

Interested in becoming a hygienist or hygiene assistant with MDP? Learn more and apply!