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Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists provide direct care to patients. Using dental instruments, they perform routine cleanings by removing calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums. They examine patients’ gums using probes to identify periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease. They also chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by a dentist. Hygienists are responsible for maintaining and sterilizing dental instruments. They also provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public.

Career Details

Degree Type: Associate Degree

Field: Health Science

County: Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell

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Dental Hygiene (ACC)
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(Temple College)

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Career Driven Skills Needed:

Health Driven Skills

Organized, good teamwork, multitasker, critical observer, self-monitoring, trained in dentistry, hygiene, clinical works, radiography, orthodontics, and preventative care

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Average salary for experienced professionals is $78K, entry-level pay starts around $32 an hour