After you have completed your dental hygiene training, you will probably be interested in finding a job in the field. The first thing that you need to do is create a resume. This resume should include any work experience that you already have in the career and the completion of the program. If you are already working in a dental office, then ask if there is any room for advancement.
Before you complete your program, start applying at dental offices. You need to let the office know how close you are to finishing so that they can determine the best fit for your skills. Most offices are very pleasant to work in, and you will have a set schedule as most offices are only open during the day Monday through Friday. If you work in a small office, then you will probably work closely with the dentist when he performs work like fillings and crowns. Some procedures you will be able to do on your own, such as cleaning the teeth and removing plaque from the teeth. There are some offices that will let you administer anesthesia using a needle.
If the office that you work in is only open for a few hours during the day, you can work at a few offices in order to work 40 hours a week. You can also stay at home or work at another type of job if you only want to work as a hygienist part time. Another option is working in a physician’s office. There will likely be several doctors in a large building who might need the aid of a hygienist for patients who come in with concerns related to the mouth.
After you have worked under the supervision of a dentist for a while, you can explore other career options. Hospitals often need a hygienist in the event there are people who enter the emergency room with injuries to the mouth. You can also help patients on the floors with cleaning the mouth while they are in the hospital. One floor that you can work on is obstetrics. You can help clean the mouths of the babies after they are born are while they are in the nursery.
Some military offices and hospitals hire dental hygienists to care for the veterans who come into the office. Correctional facilities are another option, but you need to keep in mind that you will work with inmates who may have a history of being violent instead of the normal patient you might see in a dental office. Most of the inmates that you will work on will only need emergency treatment. Some will need to get an exam when they enter the jail or prison to determine if there are any issues that need to be taken care of by a dentist or doctor. You can work in a school teaching students the proper way to brush and floss the teeth. Some schools will let you give fluoride treatments to the students.