Dental Hygiene Fact Sheet

"Dental hygienists play an important role by being in the community and serving many of the populations in schools, nursing homes, and other institutional programs, as they can be involved in providing preventive oral health care services to those who have difficulty receiving care from other sources." U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher, MD, PhD., ADHA Access, Sept. 1998.


A licensed oral health care professional whose educational, therapeutic, and preventive services limit the extent of cavities and periodontal disease and promote optimal oral health and general wellness.


The only college in the state that offers this program of study is North Dakota State College of Science, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
The Dental Hygiene program is two years in length with an eight week summer session between the first and second year. Students are provided with classroom, laboratory and clinical experience emphasizing skill development, self-assessment and professionalism.

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National Governors Association: The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care.

January 06, 2014

Basic oral health is an important determinant of overall health, yet access remains a challenge for many Americans. Dental hygienists can play a critical role in improving access to high-quality services, especially for underserved or vulnerable populations, according to a new paper released by the National Governors Association (NGA).

The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care summarizes various policies governing the role of dental hygienists and examines alternative models and practices from states.