The Dental Hygiene program at Shawnee State University is designed to educate and prepare competent dental health care professionals who are able to be employed in private dental practices or clinics where they provide a variety of oral care services and treatments as well as dental health education, home care instruction and diet and nutritional counseling.
Shawnee State University announces Free Tuition to Need-Based Students from southern Ohio and northern Kentucky
Shawnee State University has announced a Free Tuition Initiative – offering free tuition to Pell-eligible first-time students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 18 ACT score living in Scioto, Lawrence, Adams, Pike, Jackson, and Ross counties in Ohio, as well as Greenup, Boyd, and Lewis counties in Kentucky.
SSU Dental Hygiene students gain hands-on experience during visit to dentist’s office
Shawnee State University senior Shyanne Tucker and her fellow classmates recently visited Dr. Amy Heim’s dental office in Portsmouth, Ohio to gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom.
SSU Dental Hygiene Clinic Helping Students Build Experience and Success
Shawnee State University students in the Dental Hygiene program have been busy this semester developing hands-on experiences while working to improve their patients’ smiles.
First-Generation College Graduate Finds Support at Shawnee State
After researching universities that offered Dental Hygiene programs in Ohio, Alexzandria (Lexie) Cochran found her place at Shawnee State University.
Shawnee State University Students Develop Face Shield Prototypes to Assist Medical Community
Students in the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Shawnee State University have created prototypes for face shields that could be used to protect local health care workers.
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Hygienists are employed in the following areas:
- Private Practice
- Public Health Dental hygienists may be involved in school-based oral screening of sealant programs, planning, implementing, and evaluating oral health education programs for dental professionals, medical professionals and the public.
- Dental Marketing Employment opportunities may be available with companies that market dental-related materials and equipment.
- Hospitals and Clinics Concerned primarily with the special oral health problems of the bedridden and chronically ill.
- Teaching and Research Hygienists with advanced degrees may be employed in research or may teach in dental hygiene educational programs that help students to prepare for the profession.
Dental Hygiene AAS
Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program at Shawnee State University earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is completed in 5 academic semesters that combine classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. All instruction is provided at Shawnee State University. Graduates are eligible to take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination as well as state and regional clinical examinations.
What is Dental Hygiene?
Dental hygiene is a vital health service component of dentistry and emphasizes oral health and the prevention of oral disease. Most dental hygienists are employed in private dental offices.
The hygienist's main function is to provide dental health education, home care instruction, and diet/nutritional counseling.
Dental hygiene services include performing oral prophylaxis, scaling and polishing of the patient's teeth to remove soft and hard deposits; dental charting and oral examinations; exposing and processing radiographs; applying fluoride treatments and sealants; and making preliminary impressions for study models.
A dental hygienist should possess fine-motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Dental hygienists should be able to effectively communicate with individuals, both one-on-one and during small group interactions.
Many states, including the State of Ohio, permit hygienists to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation.