Dental Hygienists work primarily in the preventative aspect of dental health-care. They commonly work for a dentist, performing cleanings (called prophylaxis) on established patients. They also promote and educate oral health care to patients and the public.
What exactly does a dental hygienist do? Dental hygienists don’t do any restorative work. They can do x-rays but more commonly “clean” patients teeth. They don’t typically see their own patients (because of the law), and for this reason they work in a dental practice on patients that have already been seen by a dentist.
Where do dental hygienists work? They are most commonly found in private dental offices and clinics. They can also be found in hospitals too though. Since they need to be working under a dentist, they do not have their own practice.
How much does a dental hygienist get paid? Dental hygienists can be paid very well in some circumstances. They may either be paid an hourly salary, or a percentage based on the work that they do for the dentist office. Their salary can range from $35,000 – $60,000.
How to become a dental hygienist? You usually get into a dental hygiene program by first completing their specific program requirement classes. Almost all community colleges should be able to provide you with the specific information on programs locally. Be aware that dental hygiene programs are usually about two years long and can be quite pricey. Financial aide should be available for some, just gotta inquire at your schools financial aide office.
Dental Hygiene isn’t for everyone though.