Dental hygienists clean teeth and remove stains and deposits from teeth. They look at teeth and gums for signs of disease. They educate patients on brushing and flossing, take and develop X-rays, and apply fluoride or sealants on teeth and help keep the dental equipment in good working order and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments.
An associate’s degree is the typical level of education for these professionals; a state license is also required.
Courtney Hoecker, Dental Hygienist