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Dental Hygienist

Nathan Fridman
Academy of Health Professions
April 14th, 2016
Mr. Payne
Nature of the Work

 Preventive oral care specialists who maintain


optimum oral health
 Care is primarily on patients as
the Dental Hygienist is performing
on their teeth
Education & Training

 Minimum education consists of:


 Associates Degree in an Accredited Dental Hygiene Program
 Completion of the National Hygiene Board Examination
 Proficient Abilities
 Near Vision ; ability to view details at close range
 Problem Sensitivity ; ability to indicate an upcoming problem
 Finger Dexterity ; ability to make precisely coordinated
movements
Responsibilities

 Tasks include :
 Remove plaque, tartar, and stains from teeth
 Apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth
 Record and review patient medical histories
 Take and develop X-rays
Employment Outlook

 Growing Industry
 19% expected increase over the next 10 years
 2014 – 200,000 occupations
 2024 – 238,000 occupations
 Expectation of 38,000 more jobs

 Advancement
 Pursuing higher education
 Obtainment of a bachelors degree
Work Environment

 Working Conditions (occur 97-100% of time at work)


 Constant close proximity with others
 Exposure to disease/infection
 Wearing protective equipment
 Safety shoes, gloves, eye and face mask

 Work Schedule
 Average salary of $71,520/yr ($34/hr)
 Benefits include vacation and sick leave
 Working under multiple dentists
 30-40 hours/week schedule
Related Occupations &
Work Life Balance
 Jobs similar to the Dental Hygienist
 Dental Assistant
 Dental Laboratory Technician
 Dentist
 Stress Indicators
 Inability to stay with others in a compact area
 Inability to perform delicate care
 Neutral work-life balance as the job consists of a regular 4-5 day, 8
hour schedule
Works Cited

 Dental Hygienist. (2015, December 17). Retrieved April 14, 2016, from
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm
 Dental Hygienist. (2016, April 12). Retrieved April 14, 2016, from
http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/career/2/dental_hygienist#Tab
=Overview
 Dental Hygienist. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2016, from
http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-
dentistry/dental-team-careers/dental-hygienist
Works Cited

 Dental Hygienist. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2016, from


http://www.healthcarecareers.org/dental-hygienist/
 Dental Hygienists. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2016, from
https://collegegrad.com/careers/dental-hygienists
 Summary Report. (2016). Retrieved April 14, 2016, from
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2021.00