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If you are meticulous, detail-oriented, hands-on and have good interpersonal skills, consider pursuing a career in Dental Hygiene at Oxford College

18 Month Dental Hygiene Program in the Greater Toronto Area

You may have heard the saying, “a smile is your best defense.” It’s true! A dazzling smile can open doors to job opportunities, relationships, and more, not to mention the fact that dental hygiene is an integral part of a person’s overall health. If you enthusiastically agree with that statement, then you have the right passion for becoming an excellent Dental Hygienist.

At Oxford College, you can train to become a Dental Hygienist in as quickly as 18 months with our program. You will gain valuable knowledge on how to address the needs of a dental hygiene client and acquire the knowledge and skills to provide preventative and therapeutic dental hygiene services for individuals and communities. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

As a Dental Hygienist, you would assess your client’s oral health needs and provide preventative and therapeutic care to address each client’s individualized needs. Dental Hygienists provide a wide range of preventative and therapeutic services that may include: stain removal, application of dental sealants, performing tooth whitening, and taking X-rays, among other duties. Educating patients and making oral hygiene recommendations is also an integral part of this role. 

Flexible Program Options

If you’re interested in starting a rewarding new career, but you can’t put your entire life on hold to pursue it, you’re in the right place. At Oxford College, we offer flexible class schedules including Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Weekend sessions. We also offer flexible learning options (Online, Hybrid and In-person) for many of our programs.

For more information about Oxford College’s flexible program options, inquire today!

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We invite you to visit Oxford College to tour our state-of-the-art facilities and meet with our team of well-selected healthcare professionals and educators. The best way to see if Oxford College is the right fit for you is to come in and visit the school. You can tour our facilities, and meet with both students and instructors. Schedule a Tour Now or Get More Info.

Dental Hygiene program at Oxford College

Dental Hygiene

18-Month Diploma | $76,960 median annual salary***

  • Graduates hired by general dental practices, educational institutions & alternative dental settings
  • Practical, hands-on training through Oxford’s Dental Hygiene Clinic
  • Advance into a Dental Lab Tech, Dental Surgeon, Dentist and much more!

*** visited on April 5, 2024. Salary source for dental hygienists in Ontario with lowest 10% earning $54,205 to the highest 10% of workers earning $91,520.

Become Qualified in Dental Hygiene

Oxford College is a leading post-secondary health care institution that offers this program. Our dedicated faculty will provide you with unparalleled hands-on training. You will benefit from our state-of-the-art learning facilities and a supportive mentoring environment.

Dental Hygiene is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, and the Dental Hygiene Act, 1991. This program prepared you to become a primary health care professional that provides client-centered care in a wide range of practice environments. You will learn the theoretical and practical skills needed to achieve professional success as a vital member of a healthcare team.

This program prepares you to provide client-centered care in a wide range of practice environments. You’ll learn the theoretical and practical skills needed to achieve professional success as a vital member of a healthcare team.

During the Dental Hygiene program, you’ll learn how to:

  • Conduct an initial dental assessment and provide client-centered dental hygiene care
  • Instruct patients regarding oral hygiene procedures
  • Prevention and treatment of gingival/periodontal disease
  • Scaling and root planing (cleaning teeth)
  • Take dental impressions for the fabrication of mouthguards and whitening trays
  • Apply sealants
  • Remove stains
  • Apply fluoride treatment
  • Take and process X-rays (digital)
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Is a Career as a Dental Hygienist Right for You? Take the 'Oxford College Dental Hygienist Career Training Readiness Quiz'

This fun, online quiz takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get your Dental Hygienist Career Training Readiness score now!

Train in a State-of-the-Art Dental Laboratory and Dental Hygiene Clinic

The fully-outfitted dental laboratory will provide you with the chance to learn in facilities that are similar to what you will encounter when you enter the workforce. Training with actual equipment means you will already have bridged any potential knowledge gap when you pursue work at a Dental Clinic. You will gain the knowledge and experience required to operate the various types of dental equipment you may acquire in a traditional setting to provide dental hygiene services to clients. This experience will translate into the level of confidence required to join a progressive dental team upon graduation.

Get Firsthand Practice at Oxford’s Dental Hygiene Clinic

You will benefit from providing comprehensive dental hygiene services to members of the greater Toronto area community.

Why Programmatic Accreditation Matters

Oxford College is registered with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. Oxford College is also approved under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. Oxford College’s Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

Oxford is a professional environment with friendly staff. They are committed and dedicated towards helping me to earn my diploma.
Wajid, Dental Hygiene Graduate

Countless Career Opportunities

Dental Hygienists are employed by:

  • General Dental Practices
  • Alternative Dental Settings
  • Educational Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Public Health
  • Community Dental Health

Career Services

Oxford College has an extensive Career Services department that is readily available to help you achieve your professional goals. The Career Services department provides students and graduates with assistance to address their resume, cover letter, and interview tips. This will help you feel confident when the time comes for you to enter your profession. You will have access to the Career Services department even after you graduate!

When you become a student at Oxford College, as an alumni, you remain as a member of the Oxford family!

Financial Aid

Many people need extra financial assistance to attend school. At Oxford, we believe that finances should not be a barrier for anyone seeking higher education. That’s why we have many funding programs in place, including OSAP, Second Career, and private student loans, to name a few. We will also work with you to set up manageable monthly payment plans. Sit down with a financial aid advisor to assess your situation and create a funding plan that works for you.

Is a Rewarding Career in Dental Hygiene Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about Dental Hygiene and exploring if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

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