Dental Hygienists

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Introduction Dental hygienists are assistants to the dentist because they get everything ready for the dentist and may even do some work before the dentist sees the patient depending on what the patient is there for. A dental hygienist helps assist their patients on how to practice good oral care and teaches them how to prevent dental diseases which are going to the dentist every six months, flossing twice a day, and brushing after every meal. Dental hygienists play an important role when it comes to informing patients about oral care and water fluoridation. Below is a brief description of the dental hygienists occupation and then the background information about water fluoridation.
Nature of work Tasks that a dental hygienists does are: clean/polish teeth, remove tartar, stains and plaque, take x-rays, explain oral hygiene on model teeth, apply cavity-preventative agents, etc. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Other tasks hygienists may perform vary by State. In some States, hygienists are allowed to administer anesthetics, while in others they administer local anesthetics using syringes. Some States also allow hygienists to place and
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow 36 percent through 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This projected growth ranks dental hygienists among the fastest growing occupations, in response to increasing demand for dental care and more use of hygienists”.
Dental hygienists have a great outlook for the occupation for the years to come and with that being said; hopefully the percent of people with fluoridation will increase in all communities. This would help a lot because fluoride is very important to every community and with more dental hygienists they will be able to inform more people about water fluoridation.
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