High school students interested in becoming dental hygienists should take courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Some dental hygiene programs also require applicants to have completed at least one year of college. Specific entrance requirements vary from one school to another.
Most schools offer laboratory, clinical, and classroom instruction. Hygienists study anatomy, physiology, nutrition, radiography, and periodontology, which is the study of gum disease.
Every state requires dental hygienists to be licensed; requirements vary
by state. In most states, licensure requires a degree from an accredited
dental hygiene program and passing written and practical examinations. For
specific application requirements, contact your state’s medical or health
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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