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1st Quarterly Career Project: Dental Hygienist!!
Transcript of 1st Quarterly Career Project: Dental Hygienist!!
Daily tasks of a Dental Hygienist!
The daily routine of a dental hygienist includes helping patients keep there teeth and gums clean. This may include removing plaque, polishing teeth, taking pictures for dental analysis, teaching proper technique for brushing, and thoroughly sanitizing the mouth. (1.)
The field of being a dental hygienist is growing at a rate of 38% (Much faster than average.) This is probably due to people starting to be more concerned about their dental health. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm
Job description of a dental hygienist!
A dental hygienist is not to be confused with a dentist. Hygienist are also not dental assistance they often have there own patients. A dental hygienist is someone who performs basic dental care tasks, mostly focused on keeping patients' teeth and gums clean. (1.)
Dental hygienists typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene to enter the occupation. Certificates, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees in dental hygiene are also available but are less common among dental hygienists. The cost of a two year associates degree can range from 6,000 -30,000 dollars. High school students interested in becoming dental hygienists should take courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. (2.)
A dental hygienist usually works alone with patients. Cleaning teeth does not require two people. Rarely a dental hygienist will have an assistant helping with the dental tools. (2.)
You are able to advance in dental by extending your education. You can advance to a masters degree in dental hygiene. Another possible advancement is opening your own dental hygiene center, and being your own boss. (2.)
Potential job opportunities for a dental hygienist includes the opportunity to be your own boss. (1.)
$52,731 to $80,909 (3.)
To work as a dental hygienist, you typically need to:
have a high school diploma or GED;
complete a dental hygiene program; and
pass a state licensing exam. (1.)
1.) "Explore Careers | ISEEK." Explore Careers | ISEEK. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2013.
2.)"Summary." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 20 Oct. 2013.
3.) "Dental Hygienist Salary | Salary.com." Salary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2013.