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Dental Hygienists Salary

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Dental Hygienists Salary





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What Do Dental Hygienists Do?

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Also known as:

Hygienist, Dental Hygienist, Mobile Coordinator, Implant Coordinator, Education Coordinator, Dental Hygienist, Registered Dental Hygienist, Part Time Clinical Faculty, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), Pediatric Dental Hygienist

How Much Do Dental Hygienists Make ?

50% (Median)
Annual Wage
Hourly Wage

Typical Tasks Performed by Dental Hygienists

  • Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
  • Record and review patient medical histories.
  • Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
  • Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.
  • Expose and develop x-ray film.
  • Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
  • Maintain dental equipment and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments.
  • Feel lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer.
  • Provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public.
  • Apply fluorides or other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.
  • Administer local anesthetic agents.
  • Remove excess cement from coronal surfaces of teeth.
  • Conduct dental health clinics for community groups to augment services of dentist.
  • Remove sutures and dressings.
  • Place and remove rubber dams, matrices, and temporary restorations.
  • Make impressions for study casts.

Common Dental Hygienists Activities

  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Examine mouth, teeth, gums, or related facial structures.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Examine mouth, teeth, gums, or related facial structures.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
  • Examine mouth, teeth, gums, or related facial structures.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs.
  • Adjust dental devices or appliances to ensure fit.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Fabricate medical devices.

Dental Hygienists Required Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Dental Hygienists Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Finger Dexterity - Putting together small parts with your fingers.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - Keeping your arm or hand steady.

Dental Hygienists Skills

  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

Dental Hygienists Interests

  • Conventional - Occupations related to Conventional interests frequently involve following set procedures and routines. They include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Social - Occupations with Social interests frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Most involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Realistic - Occupations with Realistic interests frequently involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Projected Employment For Dental Hygienists

2018 Employment
2028 Employment
Percent change
Annual projected job openings
United States

Dental Hygienists Required Education & Experience

  • Associate's degree
  • No work experience
  • No on-the-job training

Dental Hygienists Training

Program Name
Length / Graduates
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Graniteville, SC
2 years: 0
Less than one year: 0
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Albany, GA
2 years: 8
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Cumberland, MD
2 years: 18
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Waterloo, IA
4 years: 0
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Amarillo, TX
2 years: 28
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Asheville, NC
2 years: 17
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Athens, GA
2 years: 12
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Atlanta, GA
2 years: 13
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Augusta, GA
4 years: 37
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Austin, TX
2 years: 16

Dental Hygienists Jobs

Job Title
Date Posted
Federal Contractor
MHM Services, Inc.
Monticello, Florida
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Leeds, Massachusetts
Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Coleman, Florida
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Corpus Christi, Texas

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