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Dental hygiene is usually a 2 year course after HS depending on the school. It can be an Associates or a bachelors degree depending on 2 or 4 year program. It is an intense study of teeth, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology. Some programs depending on the state, also teach anesthesia.
Stomatology is the study of the structure, function and diseases of the oral cavity. In some countries, the term is interchangeable with the discipline of dentistry called oral medicine. Dentists earned an average salary of $180,000 annually and about $80+ per hour. You can start by doing some research online or at your local family dentist, colleges, and events to learn more about what you want to know. Working in the dental industry is doing to general or specialist. So in order to answer your question, I would recommend looking into what kind of practice you would like to be in or consider. Cause you will be spending some times in this field if you choose to focus on it.
Hi Talia - A great place to start could be to talk to your/ your family's dentist and/or dental hygiene technician. Ask them what drove them to follow that career path, what they like or don't like about the profession, what types of classes or experiences they had before dental school, etc. I would then spend some time looking up schools that have programs matching what you're interested in and see if you're able to tour the facilities, etc. Hope this helps!