Dental Hygienist Programs & Training - FORTIS
A career in dental hygiene is both fulfilling and challenging, making it a profession that continues to be in high demand. If you dream about being in a healthcare service profession that requires you to have extensive knowledge and clinical training, while being able to develop trusting relationships with patients, dental hygiene will be a great fit for you!
The dental hygienist training program at FORTIS prepares students to enter this exciting and rewarding field. If you are searching for dental hygiene schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah or Georgia, then FORTIS is the right place for you!
Dental Hygienist Requirements
To become a dental hygienist, an associate’s degree in dental hygiene is needed. Dental hygienist programs can often take around 3 years to complete, on average. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed, though specific licensure requirements vary by state.
To maintain licensure, hygienists must complete continuing education requirements. The specific requirements for obtaining licensure also vary by state. Some states allow hygienists to independently diagnosis health problems and provide some treatments, such as the application of fluorides and sealants.
Dental Hygienist Careers
Dental hygienists are licensed oral healthcare professionals and respected members of the dental team who provide preventative, educational and therapeutic services. The work of dental hygienists supports the total health of a patient for the control of oral disease and promotion of oral health.
Dental hygienists clean teeth, provide other types of preventative care and examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis. They are also largely responsible for educating patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health, such as by explaining the relationship between diet and oral health, and teach proper hygiene techniques, including how to brush and floss correctly.
The tasks hygienists perform, and the extent that they must be supervised by a dentist, will vary by state and place of employment. However, in general, dental hygienists typically do the following, which are skills you will learn in our dental hygienist program:
- Remove tartar, stains and plaque from teeth
- Apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth
- Take and develop dental x-rays to check for tooth or jaw issues
- Assess patients’ oral health and report findings to dentists
- Document patient care and treatment plans
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dental hygienist careers are projected to grow over the next several years. While the majority of dental hygienists work in dental offices, there are a variety of other careers for a dental hygienist available in the following areas:
- Clinical - Dental hygienists in the role of a clinician practice in collaboration with other health professionals in various settings, such as hospitals, community clinics, and nursing homes. They assess, diagnose, implement and evaluate treatment options and plans.
- Corporate - Dental hygienists employed by companies that support the oral health industry through the sale of products and services may work as sales representatives, product researchers, administrators or educators.
- Public Health - Dental hygienists who work in community health programs provide care to those who otherwise would not have access to dental care. Some places they may work include local health departments, inner city community clinics and Head Start programs.
- Research - Dental hygienists who are researchers may work at places such as colleges and universities and governmental agencies, as well as corporations.
- Education - Dental hygienists in the role of an educator are typically employed as clinical instructors, classroom instructors or program directors at colleges, universities and corporations.
FORTIS’ Dental Hygienist School
At FORTIS’ dental hygiene schools, our program prepares students to sit for a licensure exam after graduation to qualify to work as an entry-level hygienist. Our dental hygienist training program offers a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction. Various areas of study are covered, including:
- Medical ethics
- Head and neck anatomy
- Patient management
- Periodontics (the study of gum disease)
Get Started Today
Enroll in FORTIS’ dental hygienist school and you will be on your way to becoming one of the most valued members of the oral healthcare team! Contact us today to find out more about our dental hygienist training programs and to learn how you can enroll and get started on an exciting new career path. We can be reached by phone, email or live online chat.