Dental Hygienist Jobs

Dental Hygienist Job Overview

Dental hygienists work alongside dentists to provide dental care to patients. They sometimes work with patients before the dentist comes in to perform procedures, and sometimes they are with the patient throughout an appointment. Dental hygienists provide preventative care for patient. They also clean patients’ teeth and examine them for signs of oral diseases. They also talk at length with patients, making small talk to put dental patients at ease and educating them on how to improve their oral health.

Daily dental hygienist tasks include:

  • Removing tartar and plaque from patients’ teeth
  • Applying sealants to protect the teeth of children and adults
  • Taking dental x-rays
  • Developing dental x-rays
  • Updating dental records of patients
  • Organizing and keeping track of dental records and treatment plans
  • Teaching patients proper oral hygiene techniques

Aspiring dental hygienists should have a great bedside manner and a good ability to keep calm under pressure. In some states, they may also take on additional duties like placing and carving temporary and permanent fillings.

Dental Hygienist Job Education Requirements

Most dental hygienist positions require that candidates for the job have at least an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Those who have a bachelor’s degree will stand out because it is less common. If dental hygienists want to go into fields like research or teaching, they should pursue a master’s degree. When it comes to taking care of patients’ teeth, a dental hygienist cannot make mistakes on important things. The patient’s well-being and oral health depends on the care of the hygienist, who will be holding a variety of medical instruments throughout the day. Therefore, hygienists must be well-trained and meticulous about stellar work. Also, every state requires that dental hygienists become licensed before they are allowed to start work. Sometimes those in dental assistant jobs or other dental jobs go to night school to gain the training necessary to become a dental hygienist.

Dental Hygienist Job Market

There are currently around 192,800 Americans employed as dental hygienists. More than 64,000 new dental hygienist jobs will be created between now and 2022. This impressive 33 percent projected growth means that there will likely be job security for dental hygienists for some time to come. The recent federal health legislation means that the increasing number of patients who are able to see dentists will likely to lead to more jobs for dental hygienists.

Dental Hygienist Job Salary Information

Dental hygienists earned a median annual salary of $70,210 in 2012. The top employees in dental hygienist positions commanded more than $96,000 per year, while the low-end average annual salary is $46,540. The benefits that dental hygienists receive vary greatly from employer to employer. More than 50 percent of dental hygienists worked part-time in 2012.

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Kool Smiles is looking for a dental hygienist who loves working with children to join our energetic, fast-paced dental practice. Our office provides much-needed dental care to underserved children and families. Working in this environment can be challenging and profoundly rewarding. Some days your job will include teaching a young mom how to take care of her children’s teeth. Other days, it will ...
Part time Dental Hygienist Opening: Wheatland Dental is one of Naperville's largest dental practices. We are a very busy office looking for an outgoing and highly motivated team player with a drive and passion for dentistry. We offer a professional atmosphere with cutting edge dental technology. If you enjoy working in a friendly environment and making a difference in people’s lives, then Wheatla...
Tampa Family Health Centers, Inc. is a primary healthcare company with 450+ employees operating 13 health centers (medical, dental, pharmacy and mental health) throughout Hillsborough County. TFHCs is hiring for Dental Hygienist. Must possess a current Florida license. Fulltime position; 40 hours a week. Essential functions and General Duties 1. Provides following clinical services: Oral prophyl...
Job Purpose: Promotes dental health by completing dental prophylaxis; providing oral cancer screening and radiographic studies; charting conditions of decay and disease; performing procedures in compliance with the dental practice act. Duties: * Prepares treatment room for patient by adhering to prescribed procedures and protocols. * Prepares patient for dental hygiene treatment by welcoming, ...
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE University of California, Santa Barbara Performs prophylactic work. Conducts preliminary examinations of the teeth and surrounding tissues. Instructs patients in preventative dental procedures. Records evaluations of mouth condition and documents electronic dental chart. Takes digital oral radiographs. Cleans, sharpens and sterilizes instruments. Maintains hygiene unit and...
Company Confidential Pickerington, OH, 43147
Fast Growing (Part-time) Dental Office Looking for an enthusiastic Registered Dental Hygienist This is a great opportunity for someone to join a unique, fast-growing dental office! Our ideal candidate is a professional with a positive attitude. Common sense is necessary to complete the tasks and duties in our office. You will work with a wide variety of clientele. The ideal candidate will be comf...
Kool Smiles is looking for a dental hygienist who loves working with children to join our energetic, fast-paced dental practice. Our office provides much-needed dental care to underserved children and families. Working in this environment can be challenging and profoundly rewarding. Some days your job will include teaching a young mom how to take care of her children’s teeth. Other days, it will ...
Send us your resume now for an exceptional opportunity with our dental office team! The dental hygienist we are looking for is well-trained and skilled in periodontal root planing and scaling. We love this practice and we seek someone who desires to share this experience and contribute. >>Must have work history in a periodontal practice or in a dental office with a strong periodontal program. >...
Full time hygienist - 4day wk.​ Must provide exceptional patient care, have outstanding communication skills and be a motivated team player.​ Midtown Dentistry is a cosmetic practice with two offices. We strive to be the best and have an amazing team !!! Many have been with us over ten years - this is a career - not a job. We are looking for an amazing hygienist to be part of our team. -Current...
Company Confidential Evansville, IN, 47712
PART TIME DH/DA - Now hiring Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants. Must be highly motivated, flexible, x-ray certified. Exp is a plus. Send resume to PO Box 6695, Evansville, IN 47719 Posting provided by:...
Dakota Prosthodontics and Implant Center Dental office seeking experienced FT Certified Dental Assistant PT Dental Hygienist Send Resume to BB 1200 in c/o The Bismarck Tribune PO Box 5516 Bismarck, ND 58506-5516....
Aspen Dental is on a mission to give America a healthy mouth. By joining Aspen Dental you are not only making a statement that you are committed to providing quality care but you are also becoming a part of a collaborative network of dental professionals. For an estimated 47 million Americans, lack of access to affordable dental care is a real problem and by aligning with Aspen Dental you can be p...
Energetic, fast paced, family oriented general dental practice seeking a enthusiastic, caring dental hygienist. Must provide exceptional patient care, have outstanding communication skills, and be a motivated team player. We strive to be the best and have an amazing team, many have been with our family for over 10 years. This is a career, not a job. This position has the option to be flexible in t...
Company Confidential Saint Peter, MN, 56082
Seeking a hygienist with a caring personality to provide quality care to our patients. Our warm, enthusiastic team offers an excellent working environment. PT position, Wednesday & Friday....
WE ARE seeking a fabulous dental assistant to temporarily fill in for maternity leave during the month of June. Call 507-537-1052 & ask for Jean. provided by The Marshall Independent...
DENTAL HYGIENIST for general dental practice in Ellwood City, part time. Send resume to: 134 4th St. Ellwood City, PA 16117....
Seeking Full Time Dental Hygienist for Western New York Dental Group Hamburg location. Please apply directly at: http://amdpi.silkroad.com/epostings/submit.cfm?fuseaction=app.dspjob&jobid=2461&company_id=16200&jobboardid=1713...
Burch Dental is seeking a part-time Dental Hygienist to join this dynamic practice located at 6078 Palo Verde Dr. Rockford, IL. We are currently look- ing for availability for Tues, Weds, and every other Sat. Please email or fax your resume to ***** or 815-327-9160...
Taylor Dentistry is looking for an excellent professional to join our team full time (Monday-Thursday). The right person for this position is self-motivated, able to take direction, has an energetic and customer-service oriented personality, loves being a team player and is passionate about their role as a dental health care provider and educator. You will have the autonomy to discuss dental hygi...
Dental Hygienist. We are seeking an excellent individual to provide a high level of service as a dental hygienist for our patients. This position requires outstanding skills in dental hygiene and taking x-rays. For a free recorded message with more details about the position and instructions on how to apply for this position, please call 330-818-7281....

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