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Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienists teach people how to properly care for their teeth, remove deposits from teeth, and provide other preventative care. As a result they may have to use x-ray machines, syringes to administer anesthetics, molding equipment, remove sutures, and prepare diagnostic tests for the Dentist to examine. To become a Dental Hygienist you must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene school and pass a written and clinical exam. An associates degree will allow you to work in a Dentists office but some institutions also offer bachelors and masters degrees in this field. Usually someone with a bachelors or masters would work in research or teach. Many of the accredited programs require 1 year of college to enter and offer laboratory, clinical, and classroom instruction. Daytona Beach Community College offers a 2 year program in Dental Hygiene that requires you to take College Algebra, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Dental Radiography. As a High School student preparing to become a Dental Hygienist you should take courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. This area is projected to be one of the top thirty fastest growing occupations and a Dental Hygienist usually makes between $20.46 and $29.72 an hour.

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Daytona Beach Community College - Dental Hygiene Program

US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook

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