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If you go through an accredited training program, use its job placement service. 3. Contact dentists and dental clinics to see if they have openings. 4. Jobs may also be located on the Internet. com. 40 Career Opportunities in Health care Dental Hygienist CAREER PROFILE Duties: Providing preventive care; teaching patients how to practice good oral hygiene; examining patients’ teeth and gums; cleaning teeth Alternate Title(s): None CAREERâ•‹LADDER Dental Hygienist in Large, More Prestigious Office or in a Research, Teaching, or Clinical Practice in Public or School Health Programs Salary Range: $25,000 to $47,000+ Employment Prospects: Excellent Dental Hygienist Advancement Prospects: Fair Best Geographical Location(s): Positions may be located throughout the country.

Dental Hygienists teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene and keep their teeth and gums in the best health possible. To do this, they explain to patients how to select toothbrushes and demonstrate the proper methods of brushing and flossing teeth. Dental Hygienists are expected to examine patients’ teeth and gums to detect cavities, diseases, and any possible abnormalities. They are also responsible for cleaning patients’ teeth. This may involve removing calculus, stains, and plaque from teeth.

Many Dental Assistants are also expected to prepare materials used for making impressions of the teeth and to expose and process dental X-ray films. Depending on the specific job, Dental Assistants may be expected to handle a wide array of office activities including billing patients, receiving payments, arranging and confirming patient appointments, and ordering supplies. Salaries Earnings for Dental Assistants can range from approximately $18,000 to $32,000 or more depending on a number of variables, including the qualifications, experience, edu- Dentistry 39 cation, and responsibilities of the individual as well as the geographic location.

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