Thank you for your question. I agree that the previous comment is on point with what does it mean to be a dental hygienist. I'd like to add that in becoming a dental hygienist typically you'll need an associate's degree in dental hygiene. Programs usually take 3 years to complete. All states require dental hygienists to be licensed; requirements may vary by state.
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
- Research the American Dental Association (ADA) website - - > https://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada
- Research Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Make sure to navigate through all the tabs - -> https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-hygienists.htm#tab-2