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Dental Hygienist

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
Associate's Degree

City Colleges Program Options

Nature of the Work

Responsibilities include:
  • Assessing a patient’s health history
  • Examining teeth and oral structures
  • Removing deposits and stains from the teeth
  • Administering local anesthetic
  • Taking intraoral radiographs
  • Educating patients in oral self-care practices
  • Polishing the teeth
  • Applying fluoride to prevent decay
  • Applying dental sealants​

Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement

Future Trends

​Wage estimates are based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data for dental hygienists working full time.

Career Pathways

​​​Employment opportunities include: working in private dental offices, managed care facilities, public health clinics, education, business and/or research.​

Success at City Colleges

Career Disclaimer

Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. The Nature of the Work description is from O*Net Online, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.