About the Profession

What is a Dental Hygienist?

A licensed professional who promotes optimum oral health for individuals and groups of individuals through preventive education and clinical and therapeutic services.

Where are Dental Hygienists Employed?

The Dental Hygiene Program will prepare graduates for employment as a dental health educator and clinician in a variety of settings which may include a private dental practice, public health departments, institutional and research facilities, and public and private schools.

Job Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates employment of dental hygienists to grow 6 percent faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health to general health will continue to spur demand for preventative dental services, which are often provided by dental hygienists. For more information click here.
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