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Dental Hygiene!

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FC: Dental Hygiene :) | By:Jasmine Grant

1: Required Schooling! Dental hygienists receive their education through academic programs at community colleges, technical colleges, dental schools or universities. The majority of community college programs take at least two years to complete, with graduates receiving associate degrees. Receipt of this degree allows a hygienist to take licensure examinations (national and state or regional), become licensed and to work in a dental office. University-based dental hygiene programs may offer baccalaureate and master's degrees, which generally require at least two years of further schooling. These additional degrees may be required to embark on a career in teaching and/or research, as well as for clinical practice in school or public health programs.

2: Schools in North Carolina that offer Dental Hygiene! | *Central Piedmont Community College *Appalachian State University *Fayetteville Technical Community College


4: Classes required for Dental Hygiene! Admission requirements vary from school to school, but you'll generally need to fulfill theses prerequisites: **High school diploma or GED **Minimum age of 18 **High school courses in math, chemistry, biology and English **Minimum 'C' average **College entrance exam scores Most programs prefer applicants who have completed at least one year of college. Some bachelor's programs require two years of college prior to enrollment in a dental hygiene program as well as completion of courses in chemistry, English, speech, psychology or sociology.

5: Entry Level Jobs and Pay! Dental hygiene entry level jobs are generally dental assisting. You can either get hands-on-training and work your way up to Dental Hygienist or get an Associate’s degree and start off as a Dental Hygienist. Dental Hygienists usually start off at $19.50 an hour and can go up from there. 50 percent of dental assisting salaries fall between $29,677 and $36,240. The top ten percent of earners in the dental assisting field make $39,055 or more.

6: Activities of a Dental Hygienist! Dental hygienists remove soft and hard deposits from teeth, teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene, and provide other preventive dental care. They examine patients' teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities. Dental hygienists use an assortment of tools to complete their tasks. Hand and rotary instruments and ultrasonic devices are used to clean and polish teeth, which includes removing tartar, stains, and plaque. Hygienists use x-ray machines to take dental pictures, and sometimes develop the film. They may use models of teeth to explain oral hygiene, perform root planning as a periodontal therapy, or apply cavity-preventative agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants.

7: Other tasks hygienists may perform vary by State. In some States, hygienists are allowed to administer anesthetics, while in others they administer local anesthetics using syringes. Some States also allow hygienists to place and carve filling materials, temporary fillings, and periodontal dressings; remove sutures; and smooth and polish metal restorations. Dental hygienists also help patients develop and maintain good oral health. For example, they may explain the relationship between diet and oral health or inform patients how to select toothbrushes and show them how to brush and floss their teeth. Hygienists sometimes make a diagnosis and other times prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret. Hygienists sometimes work chair-side with the dentist during treatment.

10: Work Environment of a Dental Hygienist! Dental hygienists work in clean, well-lighted offices. Important health safeguards include strict adherence to proper radiological procedures and the use of appropriate protective devices when administering anesthetic gas. Dental hygienists also wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. Dental hygienists also should be careful to avoid possible shoulder and neck injury from sitting for long periods of time while working with patients. Flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. Full-time, part-time, evening, and weekend schedules are common. Dentists frequently hire hygienists to work only 2 or 3 days a week, so hygienists may hold jobs in more than one dental office. In 2008, about half of all dental hygienists worked part time—less than 35 hours a week!

11: Dental Hygiene is an excellent career choice for anyone who wants great hours, a great salary, and a calm and peaceful work environment! :)

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