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Dental Hygienists
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 530

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $41.82 - $53.52

Typical Annual Salary: $87,000 - $111,300

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
  • Record and review patient medical histories.
  • Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
  • Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.
  • Expose and develop x-ray film.
  • Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
  • Maintain dental equipment and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments.
  • Feel lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer.
  • Provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public.
  • Apply fluorides or other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Dental lasers
  • Dental probes
  • Dental scalers or accessories
  • Dental x ray units
  • Teeth cleaning devices or accessories

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Inventory management software
  • Medical software
  • Word processing software

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