Working collaboratively with dentists, dental hygienists provide oral health preventive and therapeutic services to the public.
Dental hygienists are most commonly employed in private dental offices, but may provide oral health care services in hospitals, nursing homes and schools. In Oregon dental hygienists can become licensed as expanded practice dental hygienists. This permit allows you to provide dental hygiene care to those with limited access to dental care.
Career options such as research, public health, education, or administration are possible for bachelor degree program graduates. Employment opportunities exist abroad with governmental agencies, companies or in private practice.