- Birmingham, United States
- Program Type:
- Full Degree
- Degree Level:
- Medical Assisting, Medical Assisting
- Program Description:
A career in dental hygiene is both fulfilling and challenging, making it a profession that continues to be in high demand. If you dream about being in a healthcare service profession that requires you to have extensive knowledge and clinical training, while being able to develop trusting relationships with patients, dental hygiene will be a great fit for you!
The dental hygienist training program at FORTIS prepares students to enter this exciting and rewarding field. If you are searching for dental hygiene schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah or Georgia, then FORTIS is the right place for you!
Dental Hygienist Requirements
To become a dental hygienist, an associate’s degree in dental hygiene is needed. Dental hygienist programs can often take around 3 years to complete, on average. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed, though specific licensure requirements vary by state.
To maintain licensure, hygienists must complete continuing education requirements. The specific requirements for obtaining licensure also vary by state. Some states allow hygienists to independently diagnosis health problems and provide some treatments, such as the application of fluorides and sealants.
Dental Hygienist Careers
Dental hygienists are licensed oral healthcare professionals and respected members of the dental team who provide preventative, educational and therapeutic services. The work of dental hygienists supports the total health of a patient for the control of oral disease and promotion of oral health.
Dental hygienists clean teeth, provide other types of preventative care and examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis. They are also largely responsible for educating patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health, such as by explaining the relationship between diet and oral health, and teach proper hygiene techniques, including how to brush and floss correctly.
The tasks hygienists perform, and the extent that they must be supervised by a dentist, will vary by state and place of employment. However, in general, dental hygienists typically do the following, which are skills you will learn in our dental hygienist program:
Remove tartar, stains and plaque from teeth
Apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth
Take and develop dental x-rays to check for tooth or jaw issues
Assess patients’ oral health and report findings to dentists
Document patient care and treatment plans
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