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Dental Hygienists - 29-2021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Hygienist, Mobile Coordinator
  • Education Coordinator
  • Hygienist
  • Implant Coordinator
  • 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