10 areas of potential liability for dental hygienists

July 26, 2023
Know your greatest areas of professional vulnerability—and what to do about them.

Do you think malpractice insurance is just for dentists?

Many hygienists make the mistake of assuming they won't be named in a lawsuit, or that their employer's policy would cover them. While hygienists are not sued nearly as often as doctors, this scenario isn't impossible. Find out the top 10 areas of potential liability for RDHs in this helpful gallery from DentistryIQ.

Practice management and hygiene expert Dianne Watterson, MBA, RDH, wrote extensively about malpractice considerations as a contributor for RDH and DentistryIQ. Here are her top 10 areas of potential liability for hygienists, with updated resources.

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