Dental Hygiene

Program Overview

Program Description

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 health care assessments that include: 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. 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 Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Please reference for further information. Program Status: Limited Enrollment

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