An RDHAP is a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice. The purpose of an RDHAP is to provide a mid-level practitioner to meet the needs of an underserved population. An RDHAP carries a license which allows them to have their own independent business in various settings other than a dental office. An RDHAP can provide their services in schools, institutions, residences, clinics, skilled nursing facilities and private homes of homebound persons.
Why Use an RDHAP?
Preventative care which an RDHAP provides, is the key to avoiding extensive dental treatment. Neglecting one’s dental hygiene can create a financial and painful consequence to residents of a skilled nursing facility.
An RDHAP is a benefit to the nursing home staff by bringing attention to acute infections and periodontal disease. This creates on overall continuity of care to the nursing home, the resident and the referring health care providers.