If you’re looking for a job in dentistry but don’t fancy years and years of training or actually doing the drilling, poking and pulling, you could look into becoming a dental hygienist. These heroes of the dental world educate patients in the care of teeth and gums as well as giving their teeth a professional clean.
The clue is in their name: dental hygienists are all about oral hygiene. They form the vanguard of the preventative side of dentistry. Whilst dentists might treat problems, dental hygienists work hard to ensure that oral problems or diseases don’t happen in the first place.
A huge part of this is scaling and polishing patients’ teeth with professional equipment and applying topical fluoride and fissure sealants.They also teach and encourage good oral hygiene.