Our Hygienist, Mr. Richard Pizzo

Richard takes pride in delivering highest quality of care to his patients. He is a veteran of the US Navy and served as part of dental support team in San Diego California. Richard attended the Dental Hygiene program at UIC school of dentistry after his BA degree. In his spare time, he enjoys his pets, long walks and playing piano.

dental hygienist or oral hygienist is a dental professional, registered with a dental association or regulatory body within their country of practice. Prior to completing clinical and written board examinations, registered dental hygienists must have either an Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from an accredited university. Once registered, hygienists are primary healthcare professionals who work independently of or alongside dentists and other dental professionals to provide full oral health care. They have the training and education that focus on and specialize in the prevention and treatment of many oral diseases. Dental hygienists assess a patient’s condition in order to offer patient-specific preventive and educational services to promote and maintain good oral health. A major role of a dental hygienist is to perform periodontal therapy which includes things such periodontal charting, periodontal debridement (scaling and root planning), prophylaxis (preventing disease) or periodontal maintenance procedures for patients with periodontal disease.

A word from our patients


Dover ZocDoc

Very professional and a good listener. Not like other dentists that they just want you to pay and leave their office ASAP !! Absolutely recommend her.


Dover Yelp

I just went to Dover Dental for the first time for a check-up/cleaning and couldn’t have been more impressed.


Dover ZocDoc

Very nice. Asked me every few minutes whether I am feeling ok or not. Explained every part of the procedure. I would definitely recommend her.


Dr. Hafezi’s


  • Work experience
  • Awards & Honours
  • 21 years of experience in various areas of General Dentistry.
  • Graduate of the Dentistry Program at the University of Chicago in Illinois in year 2000
  • Masters degree in Oral Biology from the Western University in London, Ontario, Canada (1995).
  • Served as the Treasurer and President of Chicago branch of American General Dentistry in 2011.
  • Member of American Dental Association (ADA).
  • Member of Chicago Dental Society (CDS).

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