Dental Hygienist

Career Overview

Dental hygienists provide dental hygiene treatment and information related to the prevention of diseases and disorders of the teeth and mouth. Dental therapists carry out limited dental services related to the prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders of the teeth and mouth. Use the search box to find the video made by Denise!


A two or three year college degree in dental hygiene is required to obtain these positions. Some organizations may require a four-year (bachelor's degree), but the two-three year degree is enough to do this work in most dental offices.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$46,000 /yr
$71,000 /yr
$95,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Work Environment

Dental hygienists work in dental offices. Many people who do this work only work part-time.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be strong competition for full-time positions.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada