Dental Hygienists

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About the Job

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

It is also Called

  • Registered Dental Hygienist, Part Time Clinical Faculty
  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
  • Pediatric Dental Hygienist
  • Oral Hygienist
  • Implant Coordinator
  • Hygienist
  • Education Coordinator
  • Dental Nurse
  • Dental Hygienist, Mobile Coordinator
  • Dental Hygienist

What They Do

  • Make impressions for study casts.
  • Place and remove rubber dams, matrices, and temporary restorations.
  • Remove sutures and dressings.
  • Conduct dental health clinics for community groups to augment services of dentist.
  • Remove excess cement from coronal surfaces of teeth.
  • Administer local anesthetic agents.
  • Maintain patient recall system.
  • Apply fluorides or other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.
  • Provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public.
  • Feel lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SRC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $66,270 with most people making between $50,410 and $85,990

Outlook

0.76%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 9,220 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 9,920 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 70 openings due to growth and about 150 replacement openings for approximately 220 total annual openings.



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