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Dental Hygienist Rashaad J
Job Description Dental hygienists work in clean, well-lit offices. Important health safeguards include strict adherence to proper radiological procedures and the use of appropriate protective devices when administering anesthetic gas. Dental hygienists also wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. Dental hygienists also should be careful to avoid possible shoulder and neck injury from sitting for long periods of time while working with patients. If I were to ever get his job, I would move to Orlando, Florida and perform my job career.
Education Requirement A degree from an accredited dental hygiene school and a state license are required for this job. A high school diploma and college entrance test scores are usually required for admission to a dental hygiene program. High school students interested in becoming dental hygienists should take courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Some dental hygiene programs also require applicants to have completed at least one year of college. Specific entrance requirements typically vary from one school to another.
Job Experiences 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. Provide clinical services and health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients and the general public. 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. Apply fluorides and other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay. Feel lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer. Maintain patient recall system. Remove excess cement from coronal surfaces of teeth. Administer local anesthetic agents. Conduct dental health clinics for community groups to augment services of dentist. Remove sutures and dressings. Make impressions for study casts. Place and remove rubber dams, matrices, and temporary restorations.
Yearly Salary Salary: Average Annual Salary $49,500 Salary Range $39,800-68,200
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