DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
29-2021 Dental Hygienists
Occupational Description: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.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 4 - West Central||140||20||$32.46/hr||$0.89/hr||$26.86/hr||$30.92/hr||$33.31/hr||$35.69/hr||$37.22/hr|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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Tasks for Dental Hygienists
- Cleans calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
- Provides clinical services and health education to improve and maintain oral health of school children.
- Removes excess cement from coronal surfaces of teeth.
- Places and removes rubber dams, matrices, and temporary restorations.
- Feels lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer.
- Examines gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
- Administers local anesthetic agents.
- Exposes and develops x-ray film.
- Removes sutures and dressings.
- Makes impressions for study casts.
- Places, carves, and finishes amalgam restorations.
- Feels and visually examines gums for sores and signs of disease.
- Charts conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
- Conducts dental health clinics for community groups to augment services of dentist.
- Applies fluorides and other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.