Dental Hygienists Overview

Odalis A. Olivares

What do dental hygienists do?

Dental hygienists teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene, remove hard and soft deposits from teeth as well as providing additional preventative dental care. They record the presence of disease or abnormalities after examining patients’ teeth and gums.

Salary and Outlook

  • Employment is projected to grow much faster than average (increase 20% or more).

  • Dental hygienists hold about 173,900 jobs, and about 96 percent of dental hygienists work in offices of dentists.

  • Job Growth is expected to increase by 36 percent in the next decade, which is much faster than average for all occupations. This is mainly in response to a growing demand for dental care and more use of hygienists.