Frequently Asked Questions
What does a dental hygienist do?
Works with patients on an individual basis
Works with patients of all ages
Scales and polishes teeth
Applies fluoride treatments and dental sealants
Exposes and processes radiographs
Performs oral cancer screenings
Provides patient education relating oral health and total body health
Has flexible work hours
Has the satisfaction of helping others achieve oral and overall health
Where can a dental hygienist find employment?
Private general dental or periodontal office
Public dental health clinic or state health department
Consultant/Educator with the Indian Health Services, Dept of Education for teachers & school nurses, WIC, Headstart agencies
Product sales person, for example-toothpaste, dental instruments, and dental equipment sales representative
For more information see the American Dental Hygiene website http://www.adha.org/
What can I expect for the salary?
In Mississippi, approximately $20. 69 hourly, or a yearly range of $30,000- $40,000
How do I obtain a license?
Attend an accredited program, which Meridian Community College provides
Pass the written National Board of Dental Hygiene Examination
Pass a state clinical examination
How do I get started?
Refer to Meridian Community College's entrance requirements or contact one of the faculty with your inquiries or if currently enrolled at MCC, contact the Health Education Advisor.