Do You Want to be a Dental Hygienist?

Have you ever thought of being a dental hygienist? Steady work, good pay. Do you wonder what it takes to become one? If so, today Dr. Fondriest explains what to do if you want to be a dental hygienist.


Do you love to learn? Are you interested in the dental field? Do you like people? There are certain skills and traits that will help you be happy and successful as a dental hygienist. Having good study skills and being willing to learn will help you do well during your education. Things that will help during your career are patience with people and technology, attention to detail, excellent fine motors skills, and strong people skills.


A penchant toward science will go a long way when studying to be a dental hygienist. As a licensed dental professional hygienists are required to have a two year degree from an accredited dental hygienist school.  A hygienist’s education includes courses in: Oral Anatomy, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Material Science, Clinical Studies, and Periodontology.

A hygienist specializes in the prevention of harmful conditions in the oral cavity. Such conditions include cavities, root decay, gingivitis, and periodontal (gum) disease. To do this they perform thorough oral examinations, give professional cleanings, take x-rays, and educate patients regarding proper oral hygiene. The job outlook for dental hygienists is very positive. It is among the top 30 fastest growing professions in the U. S.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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