In the Air Force:
Dental Assistant; Dental Assistant Craftsman, Dental Hygienist; Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist; Dentist; Dentist, Dental Materials Science; Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMR); Endodontist; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Maxillofacial Reconstruction; Pediatric Dentist; Prosthodontist, Area Dental Laboratory
In the Army:
Comprehensive Dentist; Dental Corps Officer; Dental Specialist; Executive Dentist; General Dentist; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon; Orthodontist; Pediatric Dentist; Prosthodontist; Public Health Dentist
In the Navy:
Advanced Dental Assistant; Comprehensive Dentist; Dental Hygienist; Dental Officer General Practitioner; Endodontist; Field Medical Service Technician; Operative Dentist; Orthodontist; Pediatric Dentist; Prosthodontist; Public Health/Preventive Dentistry Officer
Dental hygienists provide dental care that promotes good oral health and helps prevent or repair problems with patients’ teeth. A typical day involves examining patients’ teeth and gums for cavities and disease, cleaning and polishing teeth, and teaching patients proper brushing and flossing techniques. Hygienists wear gloves, safety glasses and surgical masks, and follow strict safety procedures at all times. Most take x-rays of patients’ teeth. To be successful in this profession, you must be detail-oriented, and have the ability to work well with your hands. You can expect daily interaction with many different people from all walks of life. While almost all dental hygienists work in dentists offices, about half work part-time. Since dentists often hire hygienists for a few days per week, some hygienists work for more than one dentist to reach full-time hours in the field. An associate’s degree in dental hygiene is required for this profession, and usually takes three years to complete. All states also require dental hygienists to be licensed. In this career, you’ve got your patient’s back… or rather, their teeth!
What they do:
Administer oral hygiene care to patients. Assess patient oral hygiene problems or needs and maintain health records. Advise patients on oral health maintenance and disease prevention. May provide advanced care such as providing fluoride treatment or administering topical anesthesia.
On the job, you would:
Record and review patient medical histories.
Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.
Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
looking for ways to help people
understanding people's reactions
Hand and Finger Use
keep your arm or hand steady
put together small parts with your fingers
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
do two or more things at the same time
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
Henry Schein Dentrix
Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft
Electronic mail software
associate's degree or professional degree usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.