Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.
- Education Requirements: Associate’s degree in dental hygiene
- Soft Skills: critical thinking, compassion and detail oriented
- Average annual salary: $72,900
- 3 in state schools: Chemeketa Community College (Salem, OR), Eastern Oregon University (La Grande, OR), Lane Community College (Eugene, OR)
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