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Dental Hygiene

Carrington’s Dental Hygiene program prepares graduates to work with dentists in providing dental treatments and best health practices.
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Carrington Dental Hygiene Program Details

Program Details

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see page 236 of the Academic Catalog.

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (877) 344-3316 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Carrington College is proud to offer our Dental Hygiene program at 4 locations around the U.S. To learn more about our locations, explore their pages.

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, 428 J Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415 506 0234 an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

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The Dental Hygiene programs at the Boise, Mesa, Sacramento, and San Jose campuses are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 800 232 6108 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.

The Commission’s web address is:


With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.


Earn an Associate Degree in as few as 2 years.


Conveniently available at 4 campuses.


Affordable tuition varies by program and location.

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Discover What It’s Like to Train to Become a Dental Hygienist at Carrington College.

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What is a dental hygienist? When people head in for a dental exam, the first person they meet with is typically the dental hygienist. A dental hygienist prepares patients to be examined by a dentist. Dental hygienists perform duties including:1

  • Document and update patient dental health records and treatments
  • Perform dental X-rays
  • Clean teeth with dental instruments to remove plaque, stains, and tartar
  • Apply sealants
  • Provide fluoride treatment
  • Teach patients how to properly take care of teeth, including brushing and flossing recommendations and optimal dental tools to use at home

As dental hygienists clean teeth, they may identify cavities or gum issues to alert the dentist about. They’re on the lookout for oral diseases like gingivitis and talk with patients about their oral healthcare routines.

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Check out our guide on becoming a Dental Hygienist.

Dental hygienists help people maintain a vital part of well-being: their oral health, which Mayo Clinic states are a direct link to overall health.2 Dental hygienists work in teams with dentists to provide dental patient treatment. They help people learn how to take better care of their teeth, gums, and mouths.1

Dental Hygiene FAQ

  • How long does it take to become a Dental Hygienist?

    While everyone’s education is different and time to complete a program can vary based on a number of personal factors, Carrington’s Dental Hygiene program can be completed in less than 2 years.

  • How much does dental hygiene school cost?

    Dental Hygiene program costs can vary depending on location, courseload, and financial aid. For complete information on current program costs, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • What is the difference between a dental assistant and a dental hygienist?

    Dental assistants and dental hygienists both play important roles in dental offices. Dental hygienists spend a large portion of their time working with patients’ teeth. A dental assistant works under the supervision of a dentist and may handle more administrative tasks.1

  • What does a dental hygienist do?

    Dental hygienists are licensed dental health specialists who provide preventive, educational, and therapeutic services for the promotion of oral health and control of the oral disease. They observe and record abnormalities and problems in patients’ mouths, take oral X-rays, and apply fluoride and fissure sealants. Other tasks include providing periodontal therapies like root planning and removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from teeth1. Utilizing the Dental Hygiene (DH) process of care, students will learn to devise and deliver patients with personalized oral care.


*The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

  2. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.


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