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How to become a Dental Hygienist
Dental hygienists must be licensed by their state of residence to provide dental hygiene care and patient education. In order to be licensed, most states require dental hygienists to be graduates of a commission-accredited dental hygiene program. In addition to completing a program of study in dental hygiene, most hygienists must pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, as well as a state written and clinical licensure examination. Most states also require completion of an examination regarding the legal aspects of dental hygiene practice. Licensed dental hygienists may use the R.D.H. designation after their name, to indicate their completion of state licensure.
To become a dental hygienist, one must complete a dental hygiene program at a community college, technical college, dental school or university. Community college programs usually take two years to complete. The two year programs offer a diploma, certificate or associate degree. A four year university program will provide a baccalaureate degree. Some dental hygienists continue their education to obtain a Master's degree, which would be used in the fields of education, research or administration. Accredited dental hygiene programs require an average of 1,948 hours of study. Many of those hours are devoted to supervised clinical dental hygiene instruction.
The courses included in the dental hygiene program are science and health related. These courses can include chemistry, anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology. Students in dental hygiene also take courses in dental science, including dental anatomy, oral pathology, radiography, pain control and dental materials. Oral health education, preventive counseling and patient management are also a part of a dental hygienists course of study.
What does a Dental Hygienist do?
Dental hygienists work with the dentist to provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services to dental patients. Their main focus is preventive care and patient education. Each state has regulations that specify the range of services that can be performed by dental hygienists. Depending on the state, dental hygienists may perform oral health assessments, including patient screening, medical history, dental charting, and examination of head and oral cavity for disease. Dental hygienists may also make impressions of patient's teeth, expose and develop x-rays, apply fluoride and sealants, remove tarter and plaque, administer local anesthetics, and provide nutritional counseling and instruction in self-care to prevent disease. Dental hygienists help patients maintain oral health. Hygienists teach their patients how to choose a toothbrush, how to brush and floss their teeth, and how to maintain a diet that supports good oral health.
What skills or qualities do I need to become a Dental Hygienist?
Dental hygienists should enjoy helping people and educating them about oral healt...