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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Company Confidential Westerville, OH, 43082
DENTAL HYGIENIST & DENTAL ASSISTANT Needed for Polaris area office. Fax resume to 614-328-7918 This listing brought to you by The Columbus Dispatch and
South hills dental office in need of a dental assistant and dental receptionist for a growing practice with 2 locations. Dental Assistant - 4-handed dental assisting, operatory set-up and clean-up, infection control, maintain sterilization areas, developing x-rays, supply inventory control, and any other general office duties of that may be needed. Some Saturdays will be required. Flexible hours....
Rosellini Scientific - Dental Division focuses on serving the Dental and Oral Health Care needs for residents of Senior and Long Term Care Communities. We understand that healthy mouths promote overall wellness, and the best way to achieve this is through Professional Dental care. Our Dentists and Dental staff have been specifically trained specifically to provide a variety of professional Dental ...
Dental Hygienist Clove Dental is seeking a personable, dependable and caring Registered Dental Hygienist with excellent communication skills to join our practice three days a week. Submit resumes to: *****...
Metro Dentalcare is a group practice with more than 40 locations throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. Metro Dentalcare was founded in 1968 on the cornerstone of building strong patient relationships. Our caring dentists and dental professionals share a vision of providing superior patient care focused on the individual needs of each patient. This vision helps make dental care...
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...
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...
DENTAL HYGIENIST Eastside pediatric dental practice seeks Experienced Dental Hygienist to work during the summer. Dates of employment are Memorial Day thru Labor Day, two, 8 hour days a week. NON-SMOKING ENVIRONMENT Email your resume to: ***** NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE...
PART TIME DENTAL HYGIENIST Modern progressive office seeking someone with great people skills. RDH license required and experienced. Send resume to: ***** or fax resume: 610-279-9484 Click to apply by EMAIL...
Dental Hygienist - Irvine Full Time/Part Time established private practice. 949-551-0885
We are looking for a hygienist with high energy and a willingness to help treat periodontal disease. Our hygienist should be caring and willing to follow our protocol to treat patients. This is a full time position for a PPO/fee for service dental office with 30+/hours a week. Hygienist will be expected to help treatment plan SRP with Irrigation/Laser Therapy/Perio surgery and recommend Invisalign...
DENTAL HYGIENIST- FULL TIME: Computer Skills needed for Spencer dental office. Exp pref but will train. 35+ Hours/week Fax or Email Resume to 508-885-0934/*****...
If you are looking to join a fun and exciting team in a rapidly growing practice, this is the job for you! Pawlus Dental is now hiring for the following position: Dental Hygienist. We strive to create a wonderful patient experience, & are looking for individuals who have a magnetic personality & enjoy being around people. We seek a mature, joyful, emotionally- stable, drama-free person who can wor...
Associated Dental Care Providers has ten locations, six offices in Phoenix and four offices in Tucson. We have approximately thirty doctors on staff. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, and advanced restorative reconstruction. Established in 1985, we are nationally recognized for quality, having maintained accreditation through the Accreditation Associa...
ASSOCIATES OF DENTISTRY is looking for a motivated, goal oriented individual to help provide the most efficient dental care for our patients as a Dental Hygienist. Optimal dentistry and patient care is of utmost importance, so join our team today! Apply: 410 S Pearl, Joplin, MO 64801. No phone calls please. This job listing brought to you by The Joplin Globe...
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, ...
If you are an energetic Registered Dental Hygienist and want to work in a state of the art dental office, please contact us!! Our hours are Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm. Benefits, vacation and monthly bonus available. Knowledge of Dentrix and Dexis is a huge plus!!!!!...
Company Confidential Cave City, KY, 42127
Needed: Dental Hygienist Will work three full days a week. Willing to perform dental assistant duties when not performing hygienist duties. Excellent pay based upon experience. Send Resume to: Box  GPB, C/O Glasgow Daily Times P. O. Box 1179, Glasgow, KY 42142 This job listing brought to you by The Glasgow Daily Times...
DENTAL HYGIENIST Pediatric Dental Group is lookinig for a dental hygienist to join our practice. Please submit resume and apply in-person at: Pediatric Dental Group 4180 Rice Street #105 Lihue Town Plaza From The Garden Island/...
Company Confidential Prescott, AZ, 86301
DENTAL HYGIENIST Needed PT! Fax or email resume: 928-445-4117, *****...

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