The hygienist is amazing!” — A happy Marconi Dental Group patient

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is celebrating 100 Years of Dental Hygiene in 2013. The first dental hygienists were trained by Dr. Alfred Fones, a dentist in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. Fones trained his assistant, Irene Newman, to care for routine dental cleanings. Realizing the advantages of having a qualified staff member to remove plaque and tartar while educating his patients about oral hygiene, in 1913 Dr. Fones founded the first School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport. After training additional dental hygienists, the first graduates were sent to Connecticut public schools to help children have healthy teeth.

It’s very rewarding to be able to have a positive influence on others and help them achieve oral health. It’s a pleasure to be part of a respected dental team.” — A dental hygienist speaking for the American Dental Association

What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

The American Dental Association describes the duties of a dental hygienist as follows:

  • Perform screening procedures, checking a patient’s state of oral health.
  • Taking x-rays of the teeth.
  • Remove calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from the teeth.
  • Apply preventive materials, like sealants and fluorides, to the teeth.
  • Teach patients oral hygiene techniques.
  • Teach patients about nutrition and its effect on dental health.
  • Make impressions of teeth to construct models of the dentition.
  • Help the dentist maintain accurate patient documentation.

The hygienists at the Marconi Dental Group help our dentists by performing these functions on a regular basis.

Training as a Dental Hygienist

Hygienist training can be as simple as qualification in a trade school to programs that provide associate’s, bachelor’s and even master’s degrees. All hygienists have completed significant courses of study in dentistry and oral health, practiced their craft and gained a body of experience before working in private practice. The modern dental office has come to rely on the skilled assistance of dental hygienists. Our Carmichael dental office is no different and we appreciate the work of our hygienists on a daily basis!

Meet our Hygienists!

To meet the hygienists at the Marconi Dental Group, schedule yourself for an appointment for a dental exam and cleaning. You will spend some time with one and have the opportunity to congratulate them on one hundred years of service to the American public. We join the American Dental Hygienists’ Association in celebrating a century of good hygiene in dentistry!

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.