Dental Hygienist

What Does A Dental Hygienist Do?

A dental hygienist cleans teeth and examines them for signs of problems. In addition a hygienist provides advice to patients about how to maintain good oral health.

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How Do I Become A Dental Hygienist?

Completing a two-three year college program in dental hygiene is required to obtain these positions. Some organizations may require a four-year bachelor’s degree, but the two-three year degree is enough to do this work in most dental offices.

What is the Average Salary For A Dental Hygienist?

High – 95,000
Median – 71,000
Low – 46,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Dental Hygienist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygienists work in dental offices. Many people who do this work only work part-time.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Dental Hygienist?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be strong competition for full-time positions.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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