Dentist offices need a team of support staff that include dental hygienists and dental assistants. A dental assistant often helps with a patient alongside the dentist, and can also perform office and laboratory duties. A hygienist works one-on-one with patients cleaning teeth and identifying potential oral care issues while providing preventive dental maintenance advice. Keeping a friendly attitude and having the ability to work around bodily fluids and patient contact are important in both positions.


Dental Career Path Flow

HCNW Dental
  • Dental Assistant
  • Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.
  • $15.09
  • Up to 1 year training program + cert
  • Dental Hygienist


  • Dental Hygienist
  • Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease.
  • $31.72
  • AAS or BS degree + license