The Pre-Dental Hygiene certificate consists of the specified general coursework required for admission into the Dental Hygiene Program at Sheridan College. The Sheridan College program is fully approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The two years of intensive clinical study and practice at Sheridan College will lead to the Applied Associate Degree and eligibility for licensure. The student may elect to continue for a B.S. degree in an alternative dental hygiene career track. The employment opportunities offered to students through these career options are limited only by the student’s own abilities and aspirations.
Dental Hygienists work closely with the dentist to provide a valuable health care service to patients. They clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. A Dental Hygienist may take and develop x rays and make impressions of patients' teeth for study casts. Dental Hygienists also provide preventive dental care by removing plaque from and polishing patient’s teeth, apply fluoride or sealants, and educate patients on oral hygiene.