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To start, contact Nancy Bentley, Program Director and Department Chair, at (740) 351-3236 or nbentley@shawnee.edu 

Career Opportunities

Hygienists are employed in the following areas:

  • Private Practice
  • Public Health Dental hygienists may be involved in school-based oral screening of sealant programs, planning, implementing, and evaluating oral health education programs for dental professionals, medical professionals and the public.
  • Dental Marketing Employment opportunities may be available with companies that market dental-related materials and equipment.
  • Hospitals and Clinics Concerned primarily with the special oral health problems of the bedridden and chronically ill.
  • Teaching and Research Hygienists with advanced degrees may be employed in research or may teach in dental hygiene educational programs that help students to prepare for the profession.

What is Dental Hygiene?

Dental hygiene is a vital health service component of dentistry and emphasizes oral health and the prevention of oral disease. Most dental hygienists are employed in private dental offices.

The hygienist's main function is to provide dental health education, home care instruction, and diet/nutritional counseling.

Dental hygiene services include performing oral prophylaxis, scaling and polishing of the patient's teeth to remove soft and hard deposits; dental charting and oral examinations; exposing and processing radiographs; applying fluoride treatments and sealants; and making preliminary impressions for study models.

A dental hygienist should possess fine-motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Dental hygienists should be able to effectively communicate with individuals, both one-on-one and during small group interactions.

Many states, including the State of Ohio, permit hygienists to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation. 

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