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A dental hygienist is an individual who practices dental hygiene. Dental hygiene is the performance of educational, preventive or therapeutic dental services. See s. 447.01(3), Wis. Stats., for a more comprehensive definition.

Unless a person is licensed to practice dental hygiene under Chapter 447, Wis. Stats., he or she may not: practice or offer to practice dental hygiene; represent himself or herself to the public as a dental hygienist; or use in connection with his or her name, any title or description that may convey the impression that he or she is a dental hygienist. See s. 447.03(3), Wis. Stats. for exceptions.

reviewed 4/13

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Dentistry Examining Board
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)261-7083 fax


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