Dental Hygiene (AAS)

What is A Dental Hygiene (AAS) Degree?

Individuals who work in the dental health field are committed to educating and treating patients to maintain and improve their teeth and surrounding tissue.  Dental hygienists clean and polish teeth, looking for any signs of gum disease, and take x-rays for the Dentist’s use.  They also apply various chemical treatments to teeth, educate patients on good dental habits, and keep records of dental treatments.

Most Dental Hygienists are trained at the Associate’s degree level and hold an AAS degree.  The training is a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical hand-on work.  In addition to the AS degree, many geographical areas require a license to work in the field.

The videos below discuss “typical” programs, so they should help regardless of which school you are considering.

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