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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 perform oral healthcare assessments that include the following: patients’ health histories, dental charting, oral cancer screening, and taking vital signs (blood pressure, smoking status, and pulse). Additionally, dental hygienists 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 healthcare settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, correctional institutions, or nursing homes. Successful completion of the program allows graduates to sit for the National Dental Hygiene written board examination, along with the required regional board examinations required for licensure to practice.

Essential Functions / Technical Requirements

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, co-workers, patients, and providers.
  • Correctly interpret and/or clarify verbal, written, and electronic health information.
  • Observe and correctly interpret laboratory/clinical demonstrations and patient conditions.
  • Perform activities such as remove plaque and calculus from teeth, apply cavity prevention agents and sealants, etc. which require fine motor control with corresponding hand-eye coordination for safe and comfortable patient care.
  • Palpate, percuss, and auscultate and perform other diagnostic modalities and interpret findings accurately.
  • Accurately characterize and interpret the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of dental structures and oral fluids.
  • Accurately assess equipment, medication, solutions, and other products/supplies to ensure patient safety.
  • Observe/guard patients’ response before, during, and after clinical dental hygiene treatment.
  • Access the patient to safely perform clinical dental hygiene treatment.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking, problem-solving, and diagnostic skills (including obtaining, interpreting, and documenting information).
  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize data for purposes of safe and effective delivery of anesthesia, radiography, and comprehensive patient care.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to deliver patient care in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing, and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) professional standards, Baker College professional conduct guidelines, and clinical policies and procedures.

Program Status: Limited Enrollment

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