Dental hygienists held about 200,500 jobs in 2014. Almost all dental hygienists worked in dentists' offices in 2014. A small number of hygienists worked in other settings, including offices of physicians, outpatient clinics, and schools. Dental hygienists work closely with dentists.
Dental hygienists wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. When taking x rays, they follow strict procedures to protect themselves and patients from radiation.
About half of dental hygienists worked part time in 2014. Dentists often hire hygienists to work only a few days a week, so some hygienists work for more than one dentist.