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A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who provides preventative oral care under the supervision of a dentist. They clean patients' teeth and inspect their mouths for signs of injury and diseases. They also educate patients on how they can keep good oral health. Hygienists work closely with the dentist in a dental office. Their work is different from that of dental assistants, who do not clean or examine teeth.
The duties of dental hygienists may involve the following:
Most dental hygienists choose to work in general dental offices. However, there are other options too such as surgical dental offices. nursing homes and hospitals.
Dental hygienists generally work 3 to 4 days a week for a full 8 hour day. If they work in general dental clinics, they will typically work with one patient an hour. Some dental hygienists can choose to be assigned to work in more than one dental office throughout the work week.