Dental Hygiene

Central Carolina Community College's Dental Hygiene Program prepares you to become a valuable member of the healthcare team as a registered dental hygienist. As a student you will learn the skills and values needed to positively impact a patient's life. Upon graduation, you will be well qualified for a career in dental hygiene.

Students successfully completing the Dental Hygiene Program will be able to:

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate comprehensive dental hygiene care
  • Monitoring of patient's medical history including taking vitals
  • Removal of calculus, plaque and stain from teeth
  • Application of fluorides and sealants
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Dietary analysis and counseling
  • Exposure, processing and interpreting dental radiographs
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Designing and implementing community dental health programs
  • Become involved in the American Dental Hygienists' Association and other state and local components

A dental hygienist may work in such practice setting as:

  • Private dental offices and dental clinics
  • Federal, state and local health departments
  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • School districts or departments of education
  • Educational programs for dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting
  • Private business/industry
  • Correctional facilities
  • Research
  • Private and public centers for pediatric, geriatric and other individuals/groups with special needs
  • Health Maintenance Organizations