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Dental Hygienists

Clean teeth, examine patients for dental problems, and provide other preventive dental care.

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Associate's degree is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.
  • Record patient medical histories.
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Job Title Examples:

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

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