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Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist : A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who is registered with a dental association or regulatory body within their country of practice. They are a primary healthcare professional who works independent of, or alongside dentists and other dental professionals in a team to provide full oral health care. They have the training and education that focus and specialise in the prevention and treatment of oral disease. They can choose to work in a range of dental settings from independent practice, private practice, specialists practices to public sector; and can also work in residential aged care facilities.
Dentistry is a part of medical science that deals with the problems that affects mouth such as soft and hard tissues of oral cavity, gums and teeth.  It studies about the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and the treatment of disorders and settings of tissues and diseases that affect the mouth. The profession of dentistry also takes cares of dental care and correction of teeth.  Graduates who specialize in this field are known as dentists.
Dentists utilize range of measures and techniques in treating their patients such as fitting artificial replacements, filling, extracting teeth, scaling and crowning of teeth and treating cum diseases. Dentistry problems related to jaws or any invasive oral procedure are normally taken care by oral surgeons.
Dental surgeons make laser surgery, implants, trauma surgery, tissue grafts in order to correct them. Dentists also instruct patients about oral hygiene and ways to mantain a healthy teeth as well as prevent  dental problems. Hence there is lot of scopefor this profession in India.
Eligibility :
UG: 4 years
For taking admission into this course a student should have completed his/her two years intermediate, HSC or equivalent course, with science subjects such as physics, chemistry, maths and biology from a recognized university. 
PG: 2 years
For taking admission into this course a student must have completed his/her BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) degree from a recognized University. 
Specializations :
  • Pedodontics
  • Endodontic
  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontics  
  • Oral Pathology  
  • Prosthodontics  
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Oral surgery  
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology
Job Prospects :
Dentistry is one of the recognized professional careers and is among the top career choices made by students in India. This profession is very demanding and remunerative. Graduates can start their career as practitioners in community hospitals, government hospitals, nursing homes and in industries. Service sectors such as railways, defense services and ordnance factories also can employ dentists for hospitals.  
The majority of the job opportunities for a graduate in this field are available in a research institute, colleges, universities, and teaching hospitals. Trained private practitioners can setup their own dental clinic which could help them to gain the confidence and revenue. Graduates who are interested in social service field can join NGOs.  Besides,lots of job opportunities are available in foreign countries for Indian dentists in the countries like Australia, UK and US.
Some job types: -
  • Consultant
  • Professors
  • Forensics
  • Dental surgeon
  • Oral pathologist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Private practitioners
  • Public health specialists
  • Dental Lab Technician / Ceramist
  • Medical Representative / Sales Representative
Remuneration: -
Graduates in this field can earn good remuneration. Graduates working as  a trainee in government hospital can earn initial salary of around Rs. 6000 every month with allowances. As in private hospitals per month it could be around Rs. 3,500 – 4,000. Post-graduate professionals can earn around Rs. 7,000 upwards.
A dental surgeon can earn good amount of money by their own practice. A consultant charges from Rs 250 onwards for cosmetic filling or routine check-up. This may increase up to Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 depending upon the nature of the dental problem. A well experienced dentist can earn around Rs 30,000 to Rs 1, 00,000 or more per month.