CAREER

Dental Hygienists

Overview

Salary Median (2019)

$76,220

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.9% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Associate's Degree

Career

What Dental Hygienists Do

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Other Job Titles Dental Hygienists May Have

Dental Hygienist, Dental Hygienist, Mobile Coordinator, Hygienist, Pediatric Dental Hygienist, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), Registered Dental Hygienist, Part Time Clinical Faculty

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Interim Dean of Dental Programs ,

Wayne County Community College District

I assist students in a variety of ways to help them attain their educational goals.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
  • Record and review patient medical histories.
  • Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
  • Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.
  • Expose and develop x-ray film.

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