Dental hygienist

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How much does a Dental Hygienist make in the United States?

Average base salary
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16.7k salaries reported, updated at Jul 06, 2020
$37.85
per hour
The average salary for a dental hygienist is $37.85 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Prescription drug insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Employee discount
  • Professional development assistance
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What does a Dental Hygienist do?

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.

Working as a Dental Hygienist

The duties of dental hygienists may involve the following:

  • Assessing the oral health conditions of patients and reviewing their health history
  • Taking the blood pressure and pulse of patients
  • Taking dental radiographs
  • Applying protective materials like sealants and fluorides to the teeth
  • Teaching patients how to maintain proper oral hygiene
  • Overseeing local anesthetics to patients

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being a Dental Hygienist

Can a dental hygienist work anywhere else besides a dental office?

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.

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How often does a dental hygienist usually work?

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.

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