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Dental Hygienists - 29-1292.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Administer oral hygiene care to patients. Assess patient oral hygiene problems or needs and maintain health records. Advise patients on oral health maintenance and disease prevention. May provide advanced care such as providing fluoride treatment or administering topical anesthesia.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Hygienist, Mobile Coordinator
  • Hygienist
  • Pediatric Dental Hygienist
  • Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
  • Registered Dental Hygienist, Part Time Clinical Faculty

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Administer local anesthetic agents.
  • Apply fluorides or other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.
  • Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
  • Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
  • Conduct dental health clinics for community groups to augment services of dentist.
  • Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
  • Expose and develop x-ray film.
  • Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.
  • Feel lymph nodes under patient's chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer.
  • Maintain dental equipment and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments.
  • Maintain patient recall system.
  • Make impressions for study casts.
  • Place and remove rubber dams, matrices, and temporary restorations.
  • Provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public.
  • Record and review patient medical histories.
  • Remove excess cement from coronal surfaces of teeth.
  • Remove sutures and dressings.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust dental devices or appliances to ensure fit.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs.
  • Examine mouth, teeth, gums, or related facial structures.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Dental Assistant (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Craftsman, Dental Hygienist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Hygienist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dental Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Dental Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dental Technician, Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Dental Hygienist