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The Dental Hygienist1
The dental hygienist plays an integral role in assisting individuals and groups in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. Dental hygienists provide educational, clinical, and consultative services to individuals and populations of all ages in a variety of settings and capacities.
Dental hygienists in a clinical role assess, diagnose, plan, implement, evaluate, and document treatment for prevention, intervention, and control of oral diseases, while practicing in collaboration with other health professionals. Hygienist are employed in private dental offices, community clinics, hospitals, University dental clinics, prison facilities, nursing homes and schools.
Public Health dental hygienist provide care to those who do not have access to dental care. Hygienists employed in public health settings include rural or inner-city community clinics, Indian Health Service, Head Start programs, school sealant programs Administrator, State public health officer, and Community clinic administrator.
Research conducted by dental hygienists can be either qualitative or quantitative. Hygienist employed as researchers work in colleges and universities, corporations, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Dental hygiene educators are in great demand. Dental hygiene educators are employed as clinical instructors, classroom instructors, Program directors, and corporate educators.
Hygienist employed as administrators work as clinical directors, administrators in statewide sealant programs, Program directors, dental hygiene educational programs, Executive directors, State association staff, University research administrator, director of corporate sales.
Hygienist are hired as sales representatives, product researchers, corporate educators, and corporate administrators.
Examples of business opportunities developed by hygienists include, practice management companies, product development and sales, employment service, CE provider or meeting planner, consulting business, Founder of a nonprofit, Independent clinical practice, and professional speaker and writer.
The following are links that contain useful consumer, professional and educational information related to dental hygiene and dentistry.
Our affiliation with industry professionals nationally, regionally, and locally affords our students the significant privilege of connecting with organizations for additional advancement opportunities. The following are some of our affiliations:
- Second District Dental Society
- Long Island Academy of Odontology
- Johnson & Johnson Health Care Products
- Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals
- Crest/Oral B Products
- Phillips Sonicare