Job for the future Dental Hygienists

Average hourly wage


Job description

These individuals provide dental hygiene treatment and teach measures to prevent oral diseases and conditions. They use, under the guidance of a dentist, scientific methods for the control and prevention of such conditions. They work in:

  • Dental offices
  • Hospitals
  • Educational institutions
  • Private industries
  • Government agencies

Personality profiles (RIASEC)

People with this profile prefer relying on theoretical knowledge before acting. They like observation, analysis and problem solving.
People with this profile prefer to be in contact with others, in particular to entertain, help or teach them.
People with this profile prefer carrying out concrete tasks and being physically involved in what they do.

Main tasks

  • Assess clients’ oral condition.
  • Re-evaluate oral condition during and after dental hygiene procedures, treatments, and care.
  • Take impressions of teeth and make a mouth guard from the impressions, as required.
  • Plan dental hygiene treatments based on assessment, diagnosis, and prognosis.
  • Advising clients on oral hygiene.
  • Clean and stimulate the gums and remove stains and tartar to prevent disease and cavities.
  • Perform restorative dentistry or orthodontic procedures under the direction of a dentist.
  • Supervise dental assistants.
  • Doing record keeping.
  • Perform a variety of oral procedures such as
    • Topically apply desensitizing substances.
    • Remove stitches and periodontal dressings.
    • Proceed with supra- and subgingival scaling.
    • Take X-rays.


Most training programs are offered in French only.


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Code : 111A0

Placement rate: 93.1%

3.7% of graduates pursue further studies

More on graduates’ employment situation

Targeted regions

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Mauricie
  • Estrie
  • Montréal
  • Outaouais
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Côte-Nord
  • Nord-du-Québec
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Lanaudière
  • Laurentides
  • Montérégie
  • Centre-du-Québec
  • All regions/national
  • Laval

Last update: April 28, 2023


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