The Dental Team

At a glance:

  • California has over 35,000 dentists, 30,000 assistants and 18,000 hygienists
  • A license unique to California is the registered dental hygienists in alternative practice (RDHAP)
  • Another advanced area of practice is the registered dental assistant in extended functions (RDAEF)

Dental team areas of expertise

Interested in a career in oral health? Explore four of the primary roles and find next steps for learning more about education and employment.

Maximize Dentist
Maximize Dental Assistant
Maximize Dental Hygienist
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