We Love Clean Smiles
Hygienists are an important part of our team and the core of our family dental services. As trained professionals, you are our front line to spot potential problems and can help advise the rest of the team on treatment decisions.
Your gentle hands can make the difference between an enjoyable cleaning that make our patients coming back for the next one, and a miserable experience. It is your work that helps create the bond of trust that every dentist needs with each patient.
But while you may be a fantastic dental hygienist, we completely understand that some of you will want to do more, and will want to advance your career into other areas of dentistry. We support that ambition and will help you move along your career path.
A dental hygienist works closely with the dentist to ensure the oral health needs of the patient are fully met. Duties can include:
- Patient screening including reviewing their medical history, assessing oral health conditions, head and neck examinations, taking their blood pressure and pulse, and dental charting
- Taking dental x-rays
- Professional dental cleaning procedures including removing calculus and plaque from the teeth through scaling and polishing or scaling and root planing
- Administering fluoride treatments including dental sealants
- Educating patients over the best way to brush and floss, and nutritional requirements for oral health
- Educating patients on the impact of diet and nutrition on oral health
- Taking impressions of patients teeth for study models used by dentists to evaluate treatment options, or for the dental laboratory to construct mouth guards or night guards
- Carrying out office duties and documenting treatment
A career as a dental hygienist can be very satisfying and enjoyable for anyone who enjoys working with people, and who gains a sense of fulfillment from helping others. Dental hygienists are able to help educate people, and are able to meet a wide variety of different people from all walks of life. This means they often need to be creative in the way they approach oral health education.
This job offers flexibility, as it can be full or part time, and may include working evenings and weekends. Hygienists have the opportunity to balance their career with their current lifestyle needs. There are job openings in a number of different settings, including private dental or specialty clinics clinics, community and educational institutions, and in dental corporations or in research.
Dental hygienists can become qualified through attending academic programs at technical colleges, dental schools or universities or community colleges. Most programs are associate degree courses, taking two years to complete. After qualifying hygienists are able to take license your examinations. Additional degree courses may be required for careers in teaching or research, and these usually take at least another two years of schooling. Potential dental hygienists will benefit from having high school level courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, psychology or health. It can be preferable to have completed at least one year of college prior to applying for this program.