Consumer Ed By:Liz Galvan
- Remove tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth
- Apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth
- Take and develop dental x rays
- Keep track of patient care and treatment plans
- Teach patients oral hygiene, such as how to brush and floss correctly
Dental hygienists must be good at working with their hands. They work in tight spaces and tiny tools.
Dental hygienists should be comfortable performing bending over patients for a long time.
Dental hygienists must work closely with dentists and patients.
Job Outlook & Pay :average growth rate for occupations is 14%. Annual wage was $68,250 in May 2010.
Dental hygienists clean teeth and examine patients for any oral diseases and give other dental care. They also teach their patients about their health.
Most dental hygienists work part time. They often work only a few days a week, however some of them work more than others. About 38% of them work full time.
2010 Median Pay;; $68,250 per year $32.81 per hour
How to Become One
- Typically need associate's degree in dental hygiene
- Certificates, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees are available but are less common for them
- private dental offices usually require a minimum of an associate’s degree or certificate in dental hygiene
- A bachelor's or master's degree is usually required for research, teaching, or clinical practice in public or school health programs.