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Dental Hygiene and Assisting

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About Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants

Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. Dental assistants provide patient care, take x rays, recordkeeping and schedule appointments. 

Employment of dental hygienists and dental assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging population and ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Dental hygienists and assistants use research to provide evidence-based care that promotes quality health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and health care systems. They may also use research to shape health policy in direct care, within an organization, and at the local, state and federal levels.

Dental hygienists and assistants are critical thinkers, problem solvers, empathetic, flexible, patient, dedicated, detail oriented, organized, and more. 

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female hygienist working on patient in dental office

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000