Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants. Work closely with dentists, and help patients understand their treatment.

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A Typical Day

  • Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
  • Record and review patient medical histories.
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  • Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
  • Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.

Recommended Credentials

Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene 

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


NMC transfer to Ferris State University Dental Hygiene

Elsewhere in Michigan


Ferris State University in person, Dental Hygiene Degree

University of Michigan, 2-Year Dental Hygiene Degree

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Visit the Northwest Ed (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center Health Sciences program and consider attending.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health 

Pathway 2

NMC transfer to Ferris State University program for Dental Hygiene

Pathway 3

Transfer to Ferris State University Dental Hygiene Degree


Sample Job Titles...

  • Pediatric Dental Hygienist
  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

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