• Dental Hygienists
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 72,020
    $54,620 range bar $87,010
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

What do they typically do

  • Teach patients oral hygiene techniques, such as how to brush and floss correctly
  • Remove tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth
  • Maintain dental equipment and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments
  • Keep track of patient care and treatment plans
  • Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist
  • Take and develop dental x-rays
  • Probe and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease
  • Apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.9%
Job Opening 650

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