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.

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