The duties and responsibilities of dental hygienists vary from state to state but may include oral prophylaxis (removing stains and deposits from teeth); root debridement; exposing radiographs; application of preventive and therapeutic agents; local delivery of antimicrobial agents; nutritional counseling; oral, head, and neck cancer screenings; monitoring nitrous oxide sedation; and administration of local anesthesia.
Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene, a Department of the School of Dentistry, offers a four-year curriculum leading to a B.S. in dental hygiene.
The Dental Hygiene program offers a thoroughly professional education based in the liberal arts. The format of the curriculum is not conventional, in that it includes courses from many academic disciplines. The program prepares students through classroom and practical experiences.