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Dental Hygienist


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.

Licensing Requirements

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

Licenses Issued and Active

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.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 550

Standard Occupational Classification

29-2021 - Dental Hygienists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 440-2500

The American Dental Hygienists' Association
444 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3400
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 440-8900


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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