A dental hygienist applies cavity-preventing agents, like fluorides and sealants, to the teeth; counsels patients on the importance of good nutrition for oral health; reviews health history, takes blood pressure, maintains dental charts; removes tartar from teeth above and below the gum line; teaches proper hygiene techniques for the teeth and gums.
An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professsions, to practice as a dental hygienist in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at www.op.nysed.gov/dentdhlic.htm.
From January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009, there were 455 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of January 1, 2012, there were 10,662 currently registered licenses for this occupation.
29-2021 - Dental Hygienists
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American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 440-2500
Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 9/13/12.
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