Clinical Dental Hygienist: $28.00 - $45.00 hr. (depending on weekly hours and the state you practice in)
The working conditions are good, hours are flexible. The environment is a clean and well designed with quality equipment and technology available.
However, dental hygiene students will have both a professional and legal obligation to provide dental hygiene treatment through implementation of the highest standards of infection control as possible. Strict adherence to the principles and practices of infection control will ensure the standard of care and practice expected by the practitioner, patient, and public alike.
UNIVERSAL/STANDARD PRECAUTIONS, as defined by Mason (1997), on behalf of the CDC, are a set of precautions designed to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and other bloodborne pathogens when providing first aid or health care. Under universal precautions, blood and certain body fluids of all patients are considered potentially infectious for HIV, HBV and other bloodborne pathogens. The universal precautions are listed in detail at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00000039.htm
Physical working demands of a dental hygienist include manual dexterity, stamina and concentration. Educational demands are high. Graduation from a dental hygiene school does not guarantee the chance to practice dental hygiene. After graduation a dental hygienist must pass an 8 hour written National Dental Hygiene Examination and a Clinical Board Examination (scaling a quadrant of calculus to remove tarter off of a live patients teeth). A written and clinical Anesthesia examination (clinical exam is a demonstration of an injection on a live patient). After successfully passing these examinations a candidate is eligible to take the state Jurisprudence test, this is the ethics and laws that pertain to each state.