Ongoing research linking oral health to general health is expected to lead to an increase in demand for preventive dental services. Employment of dental assistants and dental hygienists are projected to grow 10-19 percent in the next 10 years – much faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Learn dental terminology, oral anatomy and physiology, dental radiography, how to assist in dental procedures and how to use and sterilize dental equipment. The class also gives students basic CPR and first aid training and certifications. The class is a combination of bookwork, academic topics and hands-on laboratory skills. There are cooperative learning and teamwork activities in the classroom, which includes the latest in dental office equipment.
Successful students in this program usually have a strong science background, access to the internet, solid computer skills, compassion for others and the ability to think critically and prioritize. Students must be current with Hepatitis B before going on clinicals.
Angie Pilbeam brings 21 years of experience as a dental hygienist to the classroom. This Tecumseh High School graduate received her start as a student in the LISD TECH Center Dental Aide program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University and her master’s degree from Western Michigan University.