DENTAL HYGIENISTS JOBS AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR DENTAL ASSISTANTS AND HYGIENISTS
Resources for dental hygienists, including journals and publications, jobs, recruiters, organizations, and CE.

Dental hygienists remove soft and hard deposits from teeth, teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene, and provide other preventive dental care. Hygienists examine patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities. They remove calculus, stains, and plaque from teeth; perform root planing as a periodontal therapy; take and develop dental x rays; and apply cavity-preventive agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants. In some States, hygienists administer anesthetics; place and carve filling materials, temporary fillings, and periodontal dressings; remove sutures; and smooth and polish metal restorations. Although hygienists may not diagnose diseases, they can prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret. Hygienists sometimes work chairside with the dentist during treatment.

Dental hygienists also help patients develop and maintain good oral health. For example, they may explain the relationship between diet and oral health or inform patients how to select toothbrushes and show them how to brush and floss their teeth.

Dental hygienists use hand and rotary instruments and ultrasonics to clean and polish teeth, x-ray machines to take dental pictures, syringes with needles to administer local anesthetics, and models of teeth to explain oral hygiene.

Median hourly earnings of dental hygienists were $26.59 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $21.96 and $32.48 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17.34, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $39.24 an hour.

Earnings vary by geographic location, employment setting, and years of experience. Dental hygienists may be paid on an hourly, daily, salary, or commission basis.

Benefits vary substantially by practice setting and may be contingent upon full-time employment. According to the American Dental Association, almost all full-time dental hygienists employed by private practitioners received paid vacation. The ADA also found that 9 out of 10 full-time and part-time dental hygienists received dental coverage. Dental hygienists who work for school systems, public health agencies, the Federal Government, or State agencies usually have substantial benefits.

Information courtesy of the US Department of Labor

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DENTAL HYGIENISTS ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATION LINKS

Dental Hygienist’s Associations
American Dental Hygienist’s Association
www.adha.org
American Academy of Dental Hygiene
www.pls.org/html/aadh.htm
Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association
www.cdha.ca
International Federation of Dental Hygienists
www.ifdh.org
German Dental Hygienists Association
www.ddhv.de
British Dental Hygienists’ Association
www.bdhd.org.uk
Australian Dental Hygienists’ Association
www.dhaa.asn.au
Swiss Dental Hygienists’ Association
www.dentalhygienists.ch
Sigma Phi Alpha
Dental Hygiene Honor Society

www.sigmaphialpha.org
 
Dental Associations
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
www.aapd.org
American Academy of Periodontology
www.perio.org
American Dental Association
www.ada.org
American Dental Education Association
www.adea.org
American Association of Endodontists
www.aae.org
American Association of Orthodontists
www.braces.org
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
www.apha.org
American Association of Oral and Maxiofacial Surgeons
www.aoms.org
American Academy of Osseointegration
www.osseo.org
American Academy of General Dentistry
www.agd.org
American Academy of Implant Dentistry
www.aid-implant.org
American Academy of Laser Dentistry
www.laserdentistry.org
American Association of Women Dentists
www.womendentists.org
California Dental Association
www.cda.org
Dental Health Foundation
www.dentalhealthfoundation.org
International Congress of Oral Implantologists
www.icoi.org

 


 

 
 

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