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Associate of Applied Science

Dental Hygiene

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Dental Hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases of the teeth and gums, and protection of patients’ total health. As part of dental hygiene services, dental hygienists may:

  • Perform oral health care assessments that include reviewing patients’ health histories, dental charting, oral cancer screening, and taking of blood pressure.
  • Expose, process and interpret dental radiographs.
  • Remove plaque and calculus from the teeth.
  • Apply cavity prevention agents.
  • Apply sealants.
  • Teach patients proper oral hygiene techniques.
  • Counsel patients on good nutrition.
  • Provide local anesthesia and nitrous oxide for pain and/or anxiety control.

Dental Hygienists can work as clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, consumer advocates, sales managers and consultants. They may work in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, correctional institutions, or nursing homes.

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. This is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Please see for further information.

Accreditation/Approval/Certification Status
External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Dental Hygienist Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; (312) 440-2718.

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