What does a Dental Hygienist V do?

Dental hygienists are responsible for providing oral care to patients through examination, teeth cleaning, and other preventative dental services. Dental hygienists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, public health clinics, private dental offices, and dental schools.

Dental hygienists must have an associate's degree in dental hygiene from an accredited school. Additionally, dental hygienists must become licensed by becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). Requirements vary by state, but it is common to require the following to become an RDH: completion of an accredited dental hygienist program, certification in CPR, passing of a national exam, and passing of a state clinical exam.

  • Perform dental hygiene services and procedures, including dental prophylaxis, scaling, flouride and sealants, and root planning
  • Complete a thorough assessment of the patient's teeth, bone, and periodontal tissues, and document any abnormalities or suspected conditions
  • Customize care to meet patient's oral health
  • Educate patients on good oral hygiene techniques
  • Aid the dentist with procedures and emergencies as needed
  • Maintain patient confidentiality
  • Provide all care in conjunction with accepted professional dental practices and standards
  • Graduate of an accredited school of dental hygiene
  • Registered Dental Hygienist licensure in state of practice
  • Current CPR certification
  • 1-2 years of experience working in a dental practice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven dedication to provide high quality, comprehensive dental care
  • Ability to comply with safety procedures, rules, and regulations in order to maintain a clean and safe working environment
  • Strong working knowledge of dental terminology, equipment, and practices
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Dental Hygienist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$79,221 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $79K
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Dental Hygienist V Career Path

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Bain Dental Group
Registered Dental Hygienist
Dec 2, 2020

“We have the best staff that is knowledgeable and that go above and beyond for our patients.”

Howard Family DentalHoward Family Dental
Dental Hygienist
Apr 17, 2021

“Great Doctor and staff to work with.”

Heartland DentalHeartland Dental
Registered Dental Hygienist
Dec 14, 2020

“Having the ability and support to grow in your career as well as focusing on your own self mastery.”

Dental Excellence Integrative CenterDental Excellence Integrative Center
Registered Dental Hygienist
Dec 3, 2020

“I get to go to the best CE classes and learn the most advanced techniques.”

ECOH ManagementECOH Management
Occupational Hygienist
Nov 1, 2019

“Learning opportunity and good starting for career”

David Wood BakingDavid Wood Baking
Hygiene Operative
Mar 2, 2021

“Management is terrible and do nothing”

Dental Technician
Sep 18, 2019

“Great work and life balance”

Heartland DentalHeartland Dental
Dental Hygienist
Sep 27, 2019

“And good pay.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Dental Hygienist V

When working as a Dental Hygienist V, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR, Sealants, Bilingual, Confidence, and BLS Certification.

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