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Field of Study: Dental Hygiene


Dental hygiene programs teach people to clean and protect patients' teeth.



Dental hygiene programs include topics such as:

  • Dental anatomy, microbiology, and pathology
  • Cleaning equipment operation and maintenance
  • Dental materials
  • Radiology
  • Patient education and counseling
  • Office management
  • Professional standards

During the final year of your dental hygiene program, you complete an internship. During this period, you work with patients under the supervision of a dental hygienist.

Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in dental hygiene. Both degree programs usually take two years of full-time study to complete.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in dental hygiene. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree.