Personal stories from working dental hygienists

A dental hygiene education can prepare you with the knowledge and skills to embark on a growing number and variety of career paths.

Dental hygienists are employed in a wide variety of settings, including public health, academia, consulting, corporate environments and non-profit organizations. They work collaboratively with other health care professions in practice settings where they are integrated as primary care providers working to improve the public’s oral and overall health.

Access’ “Working” column profiles professional dental hygienists using their dental hygiene education in settings beyond the private practice dental office. Read the column to learn about those employment opportunities, and discover the common thread that runs through all these stories: there is no predetermined path that will take you to your perfect career. It’s a combination of keeping your head up, connecting the dots and being ready when opportunity presents itself.

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