Military Training to Become a Dental Hygienist
Members of the Armed Forces can take advantage of training while in the military to become a dental hygienist, provided that they have normal color vision and score at least 95 in the ST portion of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
This training will:
- Prepare you to appropriately deal with patients.
- Prepare you to properly use dental instruments.
- Show you how to collect and record basic medical information.
- Allow you to assist in dental exams.
- Show you how to properly administer anesthesia.
- Show you how to properly remove sutures.
- Show you how to take x-rays.
- Prepare you to use impression materials.
- Prepare you for a number of darkroom procedures.
- Help you to develop office and inventory management skills.
- Help you to understand the proper care of equipment.
- Show you how to schedule patients.
All of these skills will allow you to become an important part of a medical team that takes care of members of the military, along with their families. Also, the skills that you will obtain as a dental hygienist and as an office manager will make you a much more viable candidate for civilian dental hygienist positions, and many employers seek out military personnel because of the top-notch training and skills that the Armed Forces provides.