Idaho Falls Dental Group has 8 full and part time hygienists. A hygienist typically completes four years of intensive college training culminating in certification exams in order to practice as a dental hygienist. There is much more involved than just "polishing" teeth. A hygienist is concerned about the health of not just teeth, but also the gums, bone and supporting structures of the teeth. This is called the periodontium, and people lose teeth due to periodontal disease more than any other reason. Hygienists are also trained to be concerned about the over-all health of the patient, and will ask questions accordingly. Our hygienists are highly trained at Idaho State University - one of the premier hygiene schools in the entire country. And all have been with us for a long time, having the skill and experience to provide our patients with optimum treatment.