Dental hygienists specialize in preventive oral health, removing soft and hard deposits from teeth, teaching patients how to practice good oral hygiene, and providing other dental care services. They examine patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities. Hygienists use a variety of instruments to clean and polish teeth, removing tartar, stains, and plaque.TCC Programs that are right for you:Healthcare Programs
Dental hygienists work in clean, well-lighted offices and often have flexible work schedules. Full-time, part-time, evening, and weekend schedules are common. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about half of all dental hygienists work part-time.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental hygienists are among the fastest growing occupations in the country. Between 2010 and 2020, the BLS projects employment of dental hygienists to grow 38 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for dental services is growing because of population growth, older people increasingly retaining more teeth, and a growing emphasis on preventative dental care.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.