Dental Health : How to Become a Dental Hygienist

Dental Health : How to Become a Dental Hygienist

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So, have you ever wondered on how you can
become a dental hygienist? Well, my name is Michelle, and I’m a dental assistant with
Solutionz, and I’m going to explain to you on how to become a dental hygienist. First
of all, you would need to determine if being a dental hygienist is something that you can
do on a daily basis. Being a dental hygienist you have to look in people’s mouths all day.
You need to take x-rays. You would need to be able to have good bedside manners with
the patients. So, if these are things that you you know acquire, and you think that that’s
something that you could do then definitely you would then need to; secondly, you would
need to contact your nearest college or institutes. And first, you would need to get your four
year degree, your four year bachelor degree. They like if you, they prefer if you major
in some type of science, whether it is you know biology, physiology, human anatomy; majoring
in that for at least four years. And then you would need to go to dental hygiene school
for two. Some colleges; they incorporate both your four year degree and your two year degree
into into one class, so therefore you would not have to go for a full six years. You’d
be able to incorporate it and get it done within three to four years. Once when you
do finally finish out your schooling then you would go to the your nearest capital state,
and then you would have to take the state course for that and then to become a licensed
dental hygienist. Unlike a dental assistant; you can just be a certified dental assistant,
but with a dental hygienist you have to be licensed by the state that you live in in
order to work there. Once again, my name is Michelle, and I’m a dental assistant, and
I hopefully, I just explained to you on how you could become a dental hygienist.

73 thoughts on “Dental Health : How to Become a Dental Hygienist”

  1. You do not need to get a Bachelors degree before you get accepted into hygiene school. You just need to finish the required prerequisites which normally would take you about a year to complete. Then you apply for hygiene school. Most dental hygiene programs are two years long and you will attain an Associate degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. There are also 4 year programs in which you get a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene. I know because I am a dental hygienist and did it!

  2. I don't know how it is for you guys in the states, but here in Ontario you can become a Dental Hygienest in 2 years. you just take the course at a private college, which includes practicum pass it and your done after that.

  3. This was wierd,so many years to become a dental hygienist. In Sweden you get licensed after 2 years and you are ready to work. But you can do 3 years if you want to get involved with sicence. Good luck to yall! I´m finish in 4 moth and I´m soo exited!

  4. 2 years minimum… from a community college. … just look for an accredited college with a dental hygiene program… normally, you would want some experience before trying to get into the program.

  5. You do not need to have a bachelor's degree before enrolling in a Dental Hygiene program. Depending on the state you live in, you can graduate form an accredited Dental Hygiene school with an Associate's degree, though some states do require a Bachelor's degree. Also, she did not mention taking a regional clinical board exam in order to get your Dental Hygiene lisence.

  6. @ginazone
    Hey, I was looking into geting into the program. Could you tell me what ti's been like for you? and after prerequisits, how many yearS?

  7. She is NOT an idiot! Im impressed that a Dental Assistant is telling you how to get your RDH license, among other impressive dental feats. The field of dentisty is a cruel and evil mistress! Any joe-shmoes out there think you got what it takes..think again! Thanks for the vid! Keep em coming, we could use your expertise! (and never mind the haters, they can't spell anyway!)
    A Former RDA , now turned RDH, in NM

  8. this i sooooo not true!!! u do not need a bachelors degree at all! just go to a school that offers it, usually a community college, or technical school, or whoever offers it. most people have an associates degree in this, which takes 2 to 3 years, the first year you will need to take the prerequisites, like anatomy and physiology I and II or whatever is the prerequisites for that particular school, because they vary according to the school you choose.

  9. Sorry, but dental hygiene program is ONLY for 2 years actually for your associate. If your going for your bachelors. Then go for 4 yrs. But it's not required. @ 2 yrs u can get a position at any dental office. 6? Hmm, no. we are not going for DMD or DSS here. .Dental Hygiene 2 yrs is fine people!

  10. what is she saying???? Why would a dental assistant be explaining how to become a dental hygienist?

  11. As a Registered Dental Hygienist and Dental Hygiene Instructor, I'm sorry to see a dental assistant guess on the requirements for a dental hygienist. There are SEVERAL things wrong with this video. It's too bad, because these are common rumors…4 years degree first…state course….

  12. i know right, i was freaking out! i was like 6 YEARS??? im thinkin abt becomin a D.H. but not sure yet! but why do you have to take a math course for soo long?why would you need math in this type of job???? can some one explain tht to me! pls

  13. THIS VIDEO IS WRONG. in order to become a dental hygienist, you only need 2 years of school not 6! this video should be removed!

  14. Not sure why this girl would think that the RDH program would require a 4 Year or 6 Year degree when even an RN can be accomplished with a 2 year degree.

    BTW – both RDH and RN (Registered Nurse) are excellent paying careers allowing for pay between $40,000 – 90,000 and only requiring 2 Year degrees.

  15. it takes two years for the associates so i have no idea what shes talking about! dont give up bc of what she said, look into it more b4 making a decision,, bc im going to do it and my school said that it will take 6 terms which is 3 years so i dont know what shes talking about about having to go for 4 years and then ANOTHER 2, that dont even sound right..


  17. Hahahah… Good Bedside manners? Oh please.. I think you may have meant good "Chairside Manners". I have been a hygienist for 33 years and I didn't have to go to school for 6 years. And please, you make the Hygienist look like an idiot. We certainly do a lot more than "look in people's mouths all day" Honey, you really need to take this video off…you are making your employer look bad.

  18. It's actually 2 years for an associate (licensure) but 4 year universities (bachelor of science) offer the program also. Few places prefer you to have a 4 year program bachelors, yet some do not. You have more leverage in your standing with a bachelors because you can do more with the degree like sales, etc…but it's all in what you want to do with your career path.

  19. Does anyone know a dental hygienist from uk coming to work in the US? What do I have to do, start over taking prerequisites? And which schools are good in California? Thanks in advance

  20. i feel sorry if this chick did 6 years to become a dental hyegenist my friend became a doctor within 6 years lol

  21. Does not take 6 years to become an dental hygienist. Only takes 2 max unless you want to teach dental dental hygiene 4 year bachelor's degree

  22. What is she even talking about ? I am in a Dental Hygiene Program right now and the program itself is only two years (but you must take prerequisites before you can apply). I don't know how things are in other states though. I'm from NY.

  23. Majority of Dental Hygienist only need an associates of science degree. You do not need a bachelors. Most community colleges offer the majors and programs. However, every state is different.

  24. There are two year courses available for dental hygienists in CT (following prerequisites) and after that starting salary of over 70K

  25. It would be great if she knew what she was talking about.  DH Programs are typically a two year, associates level degree-program.

  26. im so lost, I thought it was 2 years but if you wanted to teach, do research etc. then you get a BA. I even went into a dental clinic and talked to a few hygienist. I spoke to the dentist as well. He said majority of dentist dont care if you have a Bachelors degree as long as you have an associates. soooooo idk what the hell she is talking about. ohhh thats why shes a DENTAL ASSISTANT so she def didnt know what she was talking about. lol

  27. This is information is wrong (well maybe where she lives is like that) but for Arizona it's about two years of prerequisites and two years on the program it self.

  28. I was gonna say… I could've swore the minimum qualification for becoming a dental hygienist (the folks who do the manual labor of routine prophylaxes) requires only 2 weeks worth of education. If it requires 4 years, I'm pretty sure the dental field would suffer from the same soaring cost issue as in the medical field, with a standard prophy session would be around $300 instead of the typical sub-$100 price point (without insurance).

  29. You don't know what the hell you're talking about. How about eHow has an actual Dental hygienist talk about what it takes to become a dental hygienist not a dental assistant talking about it.

  30. So Recently I just decided to become a Dental Hygienist instead of a General Dentist. I was planning on at 1st to major in Studio Art and take the required courses to get into Dental School. Does this still work out if I now want to be a Dental Hygienist?

  31. Two years of prerequisites, and two years of dental school equals four years I've been a dental hygienist almost 30 years it's four years of school

  32. It not just 2 years that's just the dental hygienist school itself you still need ur bachelors and you also have to be a dental assistant first

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