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									                         Dental Hygienist




Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

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                              Dental Hygienist
Overview:
Dental hygienists remove soft and hard
deposits from teeth, teach patients how to
practice good oral hygiene, and provide other
preventive dental care. They examine
patients’ teeth and gums and record the
presence of diseases or abnormalities. They
use an assortment of tools to complete tasks.
Hand and rotary instruments and ultrasonic
devices are used to clean and polish teeth,
including removing calculus, stains, and
plaque. They use digital and traditional x-ray
machines to take and develop dental pictures.

  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                              Dental Hygienist
Overview (continued):
Dental hygienists help patients develop and
maintain good oral health. They may explain
the relationship between diet and oral health
or inform patients how to select toothbrushes
and show them how to brush and floss their
teeth. Hygienists sometimes make a diagnosis
and other times may prepare clinical and
laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to
interpret. In some states, hygienists are
licensed to administer local anesthetics using
syringes. Hygienists sometimes work chair
side with the dentist during treatment.

  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

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                              Dental Hygienist
Preparation:
Prospective dental hygienists must become
licensed in the state in which they wish to
practice. Dental hygienists must be licensed
by the state in which they practice. Nearly all
States require candidates to graduate from an
accredited dental hygiene school and pass
both a written and clinical examination.
In addition, most States require an
examination on the legal aspects of dental
hygiene practice.



  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                              Dental Hygienist
Preparation (continued):
The American Dental Association's
Commission on Dental Accreditation is the
nationally recognized accrediting authority for
dental education accreditation. There are
hundreds of dental hygiene programs
currently accredited in the United States.
Most dental hygiene programs grant an
associate degree, although some also offer a
certificate, a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s
degree.



  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                              Dental Hygienist
Preparation (continued):
A minimum of an associate degree or
certificate in dental hygiene is generally
required for practice in a private dental office,
so working toward an associate degree is
recommended over a certificate program.
A full list of accredited programs is on the
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center website.




  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                              Dental Hygienist
Day in the Life:
Dental hygienists work in clean, well-lighted
offices. Important health safeguards include
strict adherence to proper radiological
procedures and the use of appropriate
protective devices when administering
anesthetic gas.Dental hygienists also wear
safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to
protect themselves and patients from
infectious diseases.
Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of
this job. Full-time, part-time, evening, and
weekend schedules are widely available.

  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                              Dental Hygienist
Day in the Life (continued):
Dentists frequently hire hygienists to work
only 2 or 3 days a week, so hygienists may
hold jobs in more than one dental office. More
than half of all dental hygienists worked part
time, or less than 35 hours a week.
Dental hygienists should work well with others
because they work closely with dentists and
dental assistants as well as dealing directly
with patients. Hygienists also need good
manual dexterity, because they use dental
instruments within a patient’s mouth, with
little room for error.
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                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                              Dental Hygienist
Earnings:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics, median annual wages of dental
hygienists is $66,570. The middle 50 percent
earned between $55,220 and $78,990. The
lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,180,
and the highest 10 percent earned more than
$91,470. According to a 2009 survey
conducted by the American Dental Hygienist
Association, about half of all hygienists
reported receiving some form of employment
benefits.


  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                              Dental Hygienist
Employment:
Dental hygienists hold about 174,100 jobs in
the United States. Because multiple job
holding is common in this field, the number of
jobs exceeds the number of hygienists. Almost
all jobs for dental hygienists were in offices of
dentists. A very small number worked for
employment services, offices of physicians, or
other industries.




  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                              Dental Hygienist
Career Path Forecast:
According to the U.S. Department of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental hygienists
rank among the fastest growing occupations,
and job prospects are expected to remain
excellent. Employment of dental hygienists is
expected to grow 36 percent through 2018,
which is much faster than the average for all
occupations. This projected growth ranks
dental hygienists among the fastest growing
occupations, in response to increasing
demand for dental care and more use of
hygienists.

  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                              Dental Hygienist
Career Path Forecast (continued):
The demand for dental services will grow
because of population growth, older people
increasingly retaining more teeth, and a
growing emphasis on preventative dental
care. To help meet this demand, facilities
that provide dental care, particularly
dentists' offices, will increasingly employ
dental hygienists, often to perform services
that have been performed by dentists in the
past.



  Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                          Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
                                 Dental Hygienist
Resources:
More information about a career as a Dental
Hygienist is available at the Sloan Career
Cornerstone Center, including accredited
university programs, suggestions for
precollege students, a free monthly careers
newsletter, and a PDF summarizing the field.

Associations:
   American Dental Association
   American Dental Education Association
   American Dental Hygienists’ Association
   Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association




     Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

                             Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

								
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