The discipline of Dental Hygiene is rooted in the World Health Organization’s declaration that its primary objective is to maintain the health of both the citizen and the community, with health defined not merely as “an absence of illness but as … total physical, psychic and social well being”. One of the consequences of the declaration is a continuous increase in demand for preventive health solutions, of which Dental Hygiene is one.
Dental Hygienists work in primary prevention and are qualified to assist dentists, to administer preventive, cleaning treatment and to educate patients in oral health. Typically, they also assume administrative and managerial functions within dental practices.
Graduates from San Raffaele’s 3-Year Degree course in Dental Hygiene are technically accomplished operators whose competences include that of behavioral adaptability. In addition to understanding the bases of the oral pathologies that affect children, adults and the aged, they are able: to work in synergy with a range of health operators; to recognize community health problems and to craft appropriate solutions; to take part in epidemiological studies; to plan and maintain continuous learning; to take part in research projects.
As is typical of San Raffaele students, Dental Hygienists benefit from direct clinical experience in the San Raffaele hospital’s Dentistry Service, as well as in other medical divisions. Internships are effected in the San Raffaele-Turro site.
Graduates will find opportunities in both the private and the public sectors, either as self-employed professionals or as hygiene employees within a community, a hospital or a University.a