What is an RDHAP?

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. Learn about Judy’s RDHAP Guide for Getting Started.​

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 as well as ill fill dentures. This creates on overall continuity of care to the nursing home, the resident and the referring health care providers.


Read more about the history of the RDHAP license and services that RDHAP’s provide.

RDHAP Education & Training

Dental Hygiene Out & About provides In-service training for nursing home staff. Our In-Service training provides you with the ability to feel more confident in brushing your resident’s teeth. You also will learn to recognize potential dental problems that could lead to acute infections. Our hands-on training enables confidence and safety in providing your resident’s daily oral care.

In-service sessions available to current RDHAP’s on a step by step protocol of delivering dental care and the organization of running an effective business. These sessions cover important topics such as billing, documentation, referrals, reporting to families and other professionals.

Call (916) 849-6695 or e-mail us for more information about our education and training.