Dental Hygienists

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Dental Hygienist, Hygienist, Licensed Dental Hygienist, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

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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


  • customer service

Math and Science

  • psychology


Basic Skills

  • 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
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Medical software

  • Dental office management software
  • Henry Schein Dentrix In Demand

Electronic mail software

  • Email software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
professional degree
usually needed

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