A dental hygienist not only cleans the teeth of a patient but also educates him or her regarding the various ways in which they can take care of their oral hygiene. They are also found assisting dentists during the diagnostic processes.
Duration: The Diploma courses are of 1 year duration whereas the certificate courses will require 2 years to complete.
Best Universities, Institutions and Colleges:
- Government Dental College & Hospital- Mumbai
- Government Dental College – Thiruvananthapuram
- Dr. Ahmed Dental College & Hospital – Kolkata
- SCB Medical College, Dental Wing – Orissa
- H.P. Government Dental College & Hospital – Shimla
- Patna Dental College & Hospital – Bankipur, Patna
- Institute of Medical Sciences – Varanasi
- Tamil Nadu Government Dental College & Hospital
- Department of Dental Surgery, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University
- Government Dental College & Hospital – Ahmedabad
- Government Dental College – Rohtak
- Government Dental College – Srinagar
- Dental College – Kozhikode
Entrance Exams and Eligibility: Applicants who want to pursue a diploma or a certificate program in the Dental hygienist course have to pass their 10+2 examinations with physics, chemistry and biology as their subjects. Some institutes in India provide Bachelors degree courses too in this field. The students will be selected for the courses on the basis of an entrance examination. After the completion of the course, the students will have to appear for the licensing test so that they can be considered eligible for practicing as dental hygienists.
What are the Future Prospects: Dental Hygienists will be able to find suitable employment in:
- Dental hospitals
- Armed forces
- Public health sector
- Private practice