Dental Hygienist–A Great Career Choice

Do you like working with people?  Are you good with your hands? Did you enjoy your math and biology classes in high school? If you answered “yes” to these questions, perhaps you should consider a career as a dental hygienist.  

Dental hygienists are well-compensated professionals.  And it’s also great career in a growing field.  Government economists predict that

growth for dental hygienists to be much faster than the average for all careers through 2020. In fact, it is one of the fastest-growing occupations.

What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

Dental hygienists are extremely busy because they are called upon to perform a number of duties:

  • Perform regular dental cleaning: Remove plaque and tartar using advanced dental equipment.
  • Teach students and community groups about oral health and effective oral care practices.
  • Health screening: Takes blood pressure and review patients’ oral histories.
  • Perform office management and clerical duties.
  • Counsel clients about effective dental care.
  • Conducts and develops patient x-rays
  • Perform screening for oral cancer: Check for growths which could be early signs of oral cancer.
  • Administer preventative treatments such as fluoride and sealants.

The Skills You Need to be a Dental Hygienist

If you want to be a dental hygienist, you have to really enjoy working with people.  That’s because you will be an integral part of a team of professionals.  Dental hygienists should possess these traits:

  • Able to work long hours on your feet
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Do well in math and biology classes
  • Good critical thinking skills
  • Like being part of a team
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Work well with your hands

How You Can Become a Dental Hygienist

Does becoming a dental hygienist sounds like a good career choice for you?  If so, we have to inform you that it takes some time and effort.  There are three steps to you must follow in order to pursue this career.

  1. Education. It requires at least an AA degree to become a dental hygienist.  However, many dental hygienists go on to earn their bachelor’s degree in order to advance in the field.  And some dental hygienists even earn their master’s degree, particularly if they choose to specialize in a particular aspect of the field.  
  2. Examination.  Most states require dental hygienists to pass two difficult tests–the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination in addition to a state or regional test which covers information and skills related to the field.
  3. Licensing. Once you’ve completed the necessary exams and education, you can apply for your license. As soon as you receive your license, you can start putting the letters R.D.H after your name because you will be a registered dental hygienist.

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At Advanced Dental Care, we’re extremely proud of the work that our dental hygienists perform. Give us a call to schedule your next checkup today and see what they can do for you.

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