The role of a dental hygienist is not limited to performing cleaning treatments in dental clinics. Some of them also do education and teaching in schools. Learn more about the profession of dental hygienist, salary, training requirements and job opportunities.
The dental hygienist plays a crucial role in the education and prevention of oral diseases. He or she teaches good oral hygiene practices in schools.
The dental hygienist also assists the dentist by performing several tasks. Among other things, he or she evaluates the oral health of his or her patients. He or she also applies certain hygiene treatments such as cleaning and scaling.
The dental hygienist may also perform certain treatments such as dental x-rays. He or she may also fabricate and design dentures and mouthguards under prescription.
To enter the profession, you must complete a 3-year technical DEC in dental hygiene. You must also have a permit from the Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec, which is issued after completing your training.
There are also a few specialization programs for dental hygienists. The University of Montreal offers a certificate in community health. Laval University, University of Montreal, At UQAM and UQTR offer a certificate in gerontology.
Dental hygienists can work in private dental offices, hospitals, educational institutions, school boards, the federal public service, and the Canadian Armed Forces. The placement rate is 95%. 79% of graduates have found full-time employment related to their studies.
The median salary for a dental hygienist in Quebec is between 36$ and 39$ per hour. The average salary is 35.18$/hour in the hospital sector and between 35$ and 40$ per hour in private practice. The average salary at the beginning of the career is between 30$ and 32$/hour. It rises to between 42$ and 46$/hour at the end of the career.
|Early career||Mid-career||End of career|
|Annual salary||52 000 $||62 800 $||77 200 $|
The placement rate is 95%. 79% of graduates found full-time employment related to their studies.
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