Dental hygienist

Dental hygienists work together with the dentist to ensure the aesthetics of patients’ teeth and assist the dentist during treatment. Dental hygienists often work with the patient ahead of the dentist to clean the patient’s teeth and prepare them to see the dentist. Hygienists also provide various tips to patients.

Employment outlook

Excellent
Employment opportunities are excellent in Nova-Scotia

Prerequisits

University courses (30 credit hours)

Biology (6 credits)

Intensive Writing (6 credits)

Vertebrate Anatomy (optional)

Vertebrate Physiology (optional)

Vaccinations current (non-academic)

Interview (non-academic)

Daily tasks

  • Greet the patient to put them at ease during the medical examination
  • Clean the patient's teeth and gums
  • Take x-rays and impressions of teeth and perform other high-quality care
  • Prepare, clean, and maintain dental tools and instruments
  • Assist the dentist during procedures
  • Record, document and archive the images obtained in the patient’s medical file

Required skills

  • Analyze situations to find the best solution
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Have excellent dexterity
  • Love physical work and handling of instruments
  • Love teamwork and interdisciplinary
  • This work demands close attention to detail.

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Salary

$33,00 / hour *

Annual salary at 40h per week: $68 640

Min hourly rate: $30,00 / h ($62 400)

Max hourly rate: $38,46 / h ($79 997)

* Median rate according to Statistics Canada

Work locations

  • Hospital center
  • Private clinic

Training institutions

Available scholarships in Nova Scotia

  • Dalhousie University

Type of diploma obtained

College diploma

Years of study: 2

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