Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
Sample of reported job titles: Dental Hygienist, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), Hygienist
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Education and Training
Most Dental Hygienists have an Associate's degree, which is the minimum level of education required. Those interested in research or teaching may need a more advanced degree. All states require a license for Dental Hygienists to practice.
In New Hampshire, Dental Hygienists are regulated by the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners. They must graduate from an accredited American Dental Association program, and pass the Northeast Regional Board or similar examination. To maintain their licensure, Dental Hygienists must complete 20 hours of continuing education biennially.
Interests (Holland Code): SRC
Career Cluster: Health Science
Almost all dental hygienists work in dentists' offices. Hygienists work closely with dentists and dental assistants.
Additional Information Sources**
American Dental Hygienists' Association
American Dental Hygienists Association – NH Chapter
To Find a Job
Contact the nearest NH Employment Security office or go online to www.nhes.nh.gov
* New Hampshire Occupational Employment and Wages, September 2012. Wage estimates based on surveys through May 2011, adjusted to June 2012.
** Inclusion of this information is intended to provide a convenient resource for research, but in no way constitutes an endorsement for any organization; nor is the list all-inclusive.
NH Employment Projections, base year 2010 to projected year 2020
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau
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