Dental Hygienists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.9% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Associate's degree


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, Hygienist, Licensed Dental Hygienist, Pediatric Dental Hygienist, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

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.

Dental Hygienist ,

New Palestine Gentle Dentist

I see anywhere from 11-13 patients in a day. I get 40 minutes per patient to take any necessary xrays and clean their teeth. We go over home care and if there needs to be any changes or areas that need attention. I also treat periodontal disease and help those patients prevent the progression of the disease.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Record and review patient medical histories.
  • Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.
  • Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
  • Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
  • Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.

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