Passion Program: Dental Hygienist
Oct. 27, 2015
Dental hygienists are passionate about the help they provide in creating, cleaning, and helping to shape beautiful smiles. They are often the person dental patients spend the bulk of their time with. They offer tips to children learning to brush their teeth and assist with complex dental procedures that preserve, protect and perfect smiles for people from all walks of life.
WHAT QUALITIES MAKE A GREAT DENTAL HYGIENIST?
The role the dental hygienist plays is instrumental to that patient’s overall oral health picture. These characteristics are essential and necessary in order to play that role effectively:
- Good listener
- Helpful attitude
- Attention to detail
- Natural teacher
- Team player
- Manual dexterity
THE REWARDS OF A CAREER IN DENTAL HYGIENE
When you consider the importance of a simple smile, it’s not hard to understand why helping to preserve or repair that smile is so rewarding.
It isn’t all about protecting smiles though. For many dental hygienists, it’s a calling – a dedication to helping others maintain good oral health. Doing so early helps people enjoy a life free of dental disease, oral infections, gum disease and tooth decay, which can lead to early loss of teeth and poor overall health.
For those who did not have an early foundation in sound dental care and hygiene, the dental hygienist offers compassionate care for those facing painful choices about what to do next. It’s a challenging field that provides visual rewards daily.
There is also a practical side worth considering if you’re interested in a career as a dental hygienist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental hygienists earned an average of $33.75 per hour or $70,210 per year in 2012. Further, the career is is expected to grow by 33 percent by 2022.
Many dental hygienists who are employed full time in dental practices receive health insurance, life insurance, vacations and pension benefits – making the career even more rewarding. Some dental practices also offer tuition reimbursement and continuing education options for their hygienists.
GETTING THE EDUCATION YOU NEED
You can begin your new career as a dental hygienist with a Concorde education in as little as 17 months. We offer practical knowledge that transfers from the classroom to the workplace with a curriculum that prepares you for real-life situations once you exit the classroom.
Gain the skills you need for the future you want. Let Concorde help you succeed.