What does a Dental Hygienist do?
Dental hygienists are responsible for providing oral care to patients through examination, teeth cleaning, and other preventative dental services. Dental hygienists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, public health clinics, private dental offices, and dental schools.
Dental hygienists must have an associate's degree in dental hygiene from an accredited school. Additionally, dental hygienists must become licensed by becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). Requirements vary by state, but it is common to require the following to become an RDH: completion of an accredited dental hygienist program, certification in CPR, passing of a national exam, and passing of a state clinical exam.
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Dental Hygienist Career Path
Learn how to become a Dental Hygienist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Dental Hygienist Insights
“We have the best staff that is knowledgeable and that go above and beyond for our patients.”
“Great Doctor and staff to work with.”
“Having the ability and support to grow in your career as well as focusing on your own self mastery.”
“I get to go to the best CE classes and learn the most advanced techniques.”
“Learning opportunity and good starting for career”
“Management is terrible and do nothing”
“Great work and life balance”
“And good pay.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a dental hygienist
When working as a dental hygienist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Sealants, Dentrix, Excellent Communication, CPR Certified and HIPAA.
- Administrative Assistant
- Dental Assistant
The most common qualifications to become a dental hygienist is a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.