Explore your options at TWU. Whether you are just starting your education to become a dental hygienist or you are a registered dental hygienist (RDH) who wants to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree, we have a program for you. Learn more about our academic degree options.
Why Study Dental Hygiene at TWU?
A dental hygiene degree from Texas Woman’s opens up career opportunities to you beyond the dentist office. Our programs teach you critical thinking and evidence-based decision making. We also offer a global context to dental hygiene that you won’t find at other universities.
Our on-campus dental hygiene clinic will give you hands-on clinical experience that looks great on your resume when looking for a job after college.
I have been working in general dentistry for four years. The passion I have for this career is all because of the TWU professors and clinical instructors who made my transition from student to professional so smooth.
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While many dental hygienists work in dentist offices, there are other career options available to you after you earn your degree. According to the American Dental Hygiene Association, opportunities include:
- Public Health
What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?
As a member of the oral health care profession, a dental hygienist working in a dentist office provides treatment to prevent and control cavities and gum disease. An RDH has passed state and national exams and is licensed by a state to practice and educate patients on proper oral health care.
While specific job tasks vary depending on the work location, most dental hygienists are involved in these day-to-day procedures:
- Patient monitoring, including health history reviews, dental charting and oral analysis.
- Exposing, processing, and interpreting dental x-rays
- Removing plaque and deposits from above and below the gum line of the teeth
- Providing non-surgical treatment of periodontal (gum) diseases
- Applying cavity preventives, such as fluorides and sealants, to the teeth and therapeutic agents to treat periodontal diseases
- Teaching patients proper oral hygiene techniques to maintain healthy teeth and gums
- Counseling patients about disease control and the importance of good nutrition
- Developing individualized oral hygiene programs for patients
Page last updated 11:26 AM, February 20, 2019