A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive oral health, typically focusing on techniques in oral hygiene. Local dental regulations determine the scope of practice of dental hygienists. In most jurisdictions, hygienists work for a dentist, and some are licensed to administer local anesthesia. Common procedures performed by hygienists include cleanings known as prophylaxis, scaling and root planing for patients with periodontal disease, taking of prescribed radio graphs, dental sealants, administration of fluoride, and providing instructions for proper oral hygiene and care.
- Good hand-eye coordination.
- Able to perform precise and detailed work.
- Good communication skills.
- Interested in health care work.
- Able to work as part of a team.
The Key Skills required:
- Good interpersonal skills.
- Ability to make patients feel ” you are competent” and give solutions that make patients come back to you.
- Good creative analysis.
Nature of Job:
A dental hygienist / dental mechanic works mainly towards diagnosing the dental problems of a patient. The basic job revolves around assisting a Dentist in making dental ceramics & also be responsible for establishment of better dental care facilities in a clinic. An dental mechanic recommends & designs the dental structures for a patient and is the designer of dental accessories. They also work as assistants to dental surgeons for dental surgeries.
Eligibility & Admission:
- The Candidate should have passed the higher secondary school examination or its equivalent (12 years schooling certificate) with not less than 50 per cent marks in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together or any other equivalent examination of any other country duly recognised.
- It is necessary to pass in each head of passing (Theory, Practical and Oral) of each subject and the examination as a whole in one and same attempt.
- Candidates will be selected after entrance test.
Dental Mechanics / Hygienists have enough opportunities to study specialization courses offered as PG courses / PGD courses in premier Institutes of India / Abroad.
Career Extensions you could consider after taking further training:
- Health Promotions Officer.
- Population Health Worker.
- Dental Clinics.
- Dental Health Education Organisations.
- Dental Hospitals.
- School Dental Services.
- Work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics & also private dental ceramic agencies.
- Full time or part time jobs with various hospitals assisting the dental surgeons in surgeries.
- Private practice, performing dental tests & design of dental structure on recommendation of a Dentist.
- Opportunities also exist in the armed forces, industry and public health sectors.
- Own Industry: If u have strong economic background & can handle a company then, setting up an industry to manufacture dental ceramics/ structures is a great investment with high returns.
- Work Abroad: Gain experience ( 2-3 years ) and look out for a great job in Western countries.