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The Dental Hygienists Role In Dental Care Field

Health careers are generally considered to be more stable jobs, and the dental hygienist profession is widely accepted to be one of the most recession-proof professions in America. If you're interested in becoming a respected health professional with a recession-proof career, becoming a dental hygienist could be one of the best decisions you'll make.The dental care if meaningless without the dental lab equipment or dental supplies.

 
Dental hygienists are one of the fastest growing occupations in the US. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hygienist earned $66,570 annually in 2008, and the field will enjoy a job growth of 36% by the year 2018. Members of the profession often work beside dentists in dental offices, and some have their own dental hygiene practices. In addition, many work on a part-time or flexible schedule basis. Clearly, the profession offers stability, higher than average income and flexibility.
 
The cleaning of the teeth is more involved than may at first appear. The gum tissues around the teeth are carefully evaluated and any debris such a bacterial plaque and calcifications called, calculus, are removed by the hygienist. Plaque is a bacterial film that forms within 20 minutes of a good thorough cleaning. It is a protein precipitation from the saliva. The film forms on the teeth and over three days normal oral bacteria will bind in the film. After three days it will have gone from a basic bacterial plaque to a mature plaque. At this stage it can cause damage. Plaque on teeth can break down sugars in the diet forming acids, which can cause decay. Plaque that gathers in the gum pockets around the teeth can cause the formation of toxins which can result in gum disease.
 
The hygienist will remove plaque, which is an invisible film, from the teeth along with any stain. As well the hygienist will remove the plaque and calculus which is in the gum pocket. An important part is to demonstrate what is being done and to motivate the patients. This is a very challenging procedure as some reports state that it can take 21 days to acquire a positive lifestyle habit. At subsequent examinations the hygienist can reiterate the motivational aspects of encouraging home care.
 
The key to long lasting restorations ( Fillings) is in fact plaque removal. A well fitted crown, for example, will have a small 50 micron gap ( A micron being 1/1000th of a millimeter. But dental bacteria can be as small as 6 microns. In a patient with proper oral hygiene this is taken care of. But, in some cases very extensive and expensive dental treatment can fail due to poor home care with dental handpiece.
 
The hygienist is an important part of the dental care group. The physical aspects of oral care and the motivational aspects, which are in the long term, more important.
 
For comparison, the mean annual dental hygienist salary in the United States is $67,860 based on the Occupational Employment and Wages report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, updated as of May 2009. The 50% median of this medical assistant salary is $67,340 a year.
 
The requirements to be a licensed dental hygienist varies by State, but it typically includes having a high school diploma, finishing an accredited dental hygiene program, and passing the National Dental Hygiene Examination Board for your license.