Dental Hygiene

Why Choose Dental Hygiene?

Dental Hygiene is a specialized field that will teach people to clean and assess the overall health of a patient’s teeth. Dental hygienists in a clinical role assess, diagnose, plan, implement, evaluate and document treatment for prevention, intervention and control of oral diseases, while practicing in collaboration with other health professionals. The field is above average in industry growth, and the specialized skills give students good employment options.

Skills Acquired


Dental Hygiene programs include topics such as:

  • Dental anatomy, microbiology, and pathology

  • Periodontology

  • Instrumentation

  • Dental materials

  • Radiology

  • Patient education and counseling

  • Practice management

  • Professional standards


The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Careers in Dental Hygiene

Projected Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 33% from 2012 to 2022 for dental hygienists, much higher than the average for all occupations.

Ongoing research linking oral health to general health will continue to spur demand for preventative dental services, which are often provided by dental hygienists. projects job growth as 24.8% for dental hygienists.

Types of Jobs


Individuals who study in Dental Hygiene typically pursue careers in the field of:

  • Clinical Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Hygiene Educators
  • Community Health Dental Hygienists


Average State Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, dental hygienists earned an annual median salary of $70,210 nationally ($33.75). lists the median annual income for dental hygienists in the state of Minnesota as $70,324 ($33.81 per hour)



Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

Degrees in Dental Hygiene

  • Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene
  • Students can received a four-year degree on Normandale's campus through dual admission program with Metropolitan State University

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Students in Dental Hygiene may also like:

  • Advanced Dentistry and Oral Surgery
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Dentistry
  • Pre-Dentistry