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 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

 

Mission Statement

Central Carolina Community College Dental Program is committed to establish and maintain quality staff, faculty, and facilities necessary to educate and train competent dental assistants and hygienists to serve the oral health care needs of the citizens of our state, while achieving the educational goals of our students.