Dental hygienists provide preventive and therapeutic oral care and teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene. They examine patients’ teeth and gums, record the presence of diseases or abnormalities and may explain the relationship between oral health and systemic health. Hygienists educate patients about how to properly brush and floss teeth. They use power and hand instruments, take X-rays and administer local anesthetics in most states.
Opportunities for Employment
Working in a private dental office continues to be the primary place of employment for dental hygienists. For today’s dental hygiene professional, there are many other career pathways to explore, according to ADHA.org.
The 2018 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, states that dental hygiene is expected to grow substantially faster than average for all occupations through 2028. Let your dental hygiene education and experience open doors to your career path. Consider the possibilities.