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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Central Florida Health Care, Inc. has openings for: Accountant, Custodians, Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant, LPNs, Certified MAs, Certified MAs w-OB/GYN, Pharmacist, Dentists, and Providers (Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrician). Visit our employment website to view job descriptions and apply. EOE/DFW www.cfhc-employment.com...
LOOKING FOR a part-time dental assistant with experience and a dental hygienist interested in subbing for a busy local dental office. Please send resume to: The Daily Reporter, 15 W. Pearl St., Box #1003 Coldwater, MI 49036....
DENTAL HYGIENIST / DENTAL ASSISTANT Immediate opening for full-time position, M-Th., 8am-5pm. Send resume to: Mark Zaayenga, DDS, Attn: Melissa, 1413 Valle Vista Blvd., Pekin, IL 61554....
Company Confidential Lenoir, NC, 28645
Growing dental practice in Lenoir provides dental care primarily to an adult clientele. We offer a broad range of dental services including endodontics, oral surgery, high end and mid-range restorative care and removable appliances. Our expanding patient base and treatment offerings require additional staff. We are seeking dynamic, personable, organized, motivated, team oriented, and energetic can...
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....
To provide superior quality dental care while exercising courtesy and professionalism by means of co-workers and patients. The Dental Hygienist must possess the ability to assess, perform and reinforce productive preventative aseptic dental care of patients and support as well as reinforce communicated diagnosed dental treatment needs through established American Dental Partners, Inc standards. E...
Part-Time Licensed Dental Hygienist for Longmont Periodontal Office. Thursdays. E-mail Resume to: ***** or Fax to: 970-461-1475...
Established dental practice in the Moberly area seeking RDH 4 days per week. We offer a pleasant working environment with a friendly staff, great patients, and solid compensation. Contact Mark A. Fuhrman, DDS, at *****...
Registered Dental Hygienist We have a permanent position for 2 to 3 days a week. Mon and Fri, and possibly Tues or Wed. We have an excellent team. Dedicated and hard working. We expect to hire a hard working, motivated, and experienced professional. Please submit resumes in person to: Dr. Dan Peck - Poulsbo Dental Care - 20855 Bond Road NE - Poulsbo, WA 98370, or fax: 360-697-4951 or email: po...
DENTAL HYGIENIST Part time. Must work Saturdays. Call 774-545-0426 or 508-753-6777...
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...
We are seeking a self-motivated Dental Hygienist who focuses on patient care & works well with others as a team. Immediate position available to qualified candidate. Position is part time, working interview will be required. Current PA RDH license, X-ray license, Anesthesia license preferred, and CPR certification required. Are you looking for a team that focuses on the highest quality of dental...
Cincinnati Dental Services provides general and specialty dental care in our 9 convenient locations in Ohio and Kentucky. We believe in delivering high quality, comprehensive dental care for our patients in a friendly, professional environment. In addition to pediatric and senior dental care, our doctors focus on different types of dental procedures to include major restorative, prosthetic treatme...
Chestnut Hills Dental was founded in 1970 in an eastern suburb of Monroeville and affiliated with American Dental Partners in 1997. We provide quality, convenient and affordable care to over 50,000 patients in southwestern PA in our eight practice locations. The group consists of approximately 15 General Dentists, 22 Hygienists and a team of 50 Dental Assistants and operational support staff. The ...
Company Confidential San antonio, TX, 78232
Dental Hygienist (281N/ Thousand Oaks) (North central) compensation: Competitive hourly pay is based on experience and skills possessed Dental Hygienist (281N/ Thousand Oaks) This position is for a friendly, experienced Dental Hygienist for immediate consideration. Our General Practice is looking for a talented and motivated Registered Dental Hygienist who works well independently. Position is ...
United Family Medicine has immediate openings for an Appointment Scheduler to work at our large family practice clinic and residency program. We currently have a .8 position available working 64 hours per pay period. This position works day and evening hours until 7:30 pm Monday through Thursday working with patients over the telephone and in person to schedule appointments, collect appropriate de...
Founded in 1970 as South Philadelphia Health Action and subsequently incorporated as Greater Philadelphia Health Action, GPHA is a non-profit healthcare organization with a commitment to provide compassionate and affordable healthcare services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Since 1970, GPHA has expanded to become one of the premier providers of primary and behavioral healthcare in t...
Company Confidential Framingham, MA, 01702
Dental Hygienist (Framingham) General Dental Practice is looking for a part time dental hygienist to start in June. The position is for 2 1/2 days, Monday, Tuesday A.M., and Thursday. We are looking for a special person, professional, caring, and experienced. Our office has a great tissue management in place that requires commitment to excellence....
Dental Hygienist AND Dental Assistant Needed!! We are currently searching for a qualified Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant to join our growing dental team in McAlester, OK. We are offering a $500 sign on bonus for our dental hygienist positions. To apply directly please go to www.heartland.com or send your resume to ***** for consideration. This job listing brought to you by ...
Are you an expert on the latest in Dental Hygiene? Do you make amazing connections with patients? How would you like to join an exciting first-class team, love your "work" and be rewarded generously? Take your career to the next level and never look for another job. Email your resume today. *****...

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