​Title: "How To Become a Dentel Hygienist", Written by Sarah Landry

Intro: Dental hygienists remove soft and hard deposits from teeth, teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene, and provide other preventive dental care. They examine patients’ teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities. http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos097.htm

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Description: Dental hygienists work in the community health field. Their duties consist of checking peoples teeth for cavities and/or abnormalities. Then they clean and polish your teeth and sometimes perform a fluoride rinse to give extra protection for your teeth. they also take x-rays of your teeth so they can make sure that the stuff they cant see is the way it should be. On the day-to-day basis they spend most of their time in a dental equipt room working directly with the patient. They report to their dentist. Dental hygienists focus on preventive dental care. http://www.collegeboard.com/csearch/majors_careers/profiles/careers/106493.html

Educational Path: To become a dental hygienist you must recieve an Associate's degree or its equivalent and 2-4 years of experience and a dental hygienist license. You should be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. The University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio and Baylor College of Dentistry are both some of Texas top dental schools. salary.com

Salary: Dental hygenist's typically earn $25.42 per hour during their first year. After some years of experience this increases to an average of $32.50 per hour.
San Antonio, TX: $220.00 per day and $27.50 per hour on 1/2 days, insurance, 1 wk paid vacation after 1yr, 4 sick hours per month, some CE courses paid, paid holidays (thanksgiving, Christmas...etc. (5/2004)

A Temecula Dentist can also do this.

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Conclusion: In a nutshell, dental hygienists work in dentists’ offices under the dentist. They are responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of patients’ teeth and mouths. Once experience is gained they will make 60K annually.