Dental hygienists help their patients maintain good oral health by removing plaque and tartar, teaching patients the proper way to develop good oral hygiene, performing oral cancer screenings, and a variety of other tasks. Dental hygiene is one of the most flexible career paths and fastest growing career paths not only in the health care field but in all industries.
Practicing as a hygienist requires completing a dental hygiene program from an accredited school. Depending of the chosen program, this training results in a certificate, associate degree’s, bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree. A prospective hygienist must then complete the licensing requirements of the state where they plan to practice.
Careers in dental hygiene are great choices for people who want to work one-on-one with their patients.