My knowledge begins with shadowing two dental hygienists. A brief description on what a dental hygienist do is they specializes in providing clinical, educational and therapeutic services to enhance oral and overall health. They serve many functions in a dental office such as carefully exam teeth, mouth, and gums. They look for any signs of decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer, or other oral problems. They also take x rays so the doctor can view them and quickly diagnose any problems that may exist.
Why study dental hygiene at Dal?
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There are three major roles in the Dental Office today, the dentist, the dental hygienist, and the dental assistant. Each role is equally important to helping the patient receive good oral care. The dental hygienist has become one of the 30 fastest growing occupations, and with the growing population and increase in the elderly, the need for dental hygienists has become much greater. In a typical dentists office the dental hygienist would have many responsibilities, such as teaching clients how important it is to maintain good oral hygiene and instructing them on the principles of preventive oral care.
As a Dental Hygienist, I will be able to teach people the importance of clean teeth. Dental Hygienist not only have a job. What initially stimulated my interest in the field of dental hygiene was doing a research project on the occupation of a dental hygienist while I was in high school. From doing the project, I learned the tasks, years of education, hours, and pay of a dental hygienist which further intrigued my interest in the field. I also had braces and found that I would have to have jaw surgery.