Central Virginia Community College wins dental hygiene award

Dental hygienists remove soft and hard deposits from teeth, teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene and provide other preventive dental care, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). They examine patients' teeth and gums and record the presence of diseases or abnormalities.

Those who wish to launch careers in this field may benefit from enrolling at Central Virginia Community College, as the school's Dental Hygiene Club received first place at the Virginia Community College System Student Leadership Conference.

The winning project was called the March for Hannah. The event was a fundraising campaign for Hannah Johnson, a 6-year-old who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, whose mother withdrew from the Dental Hygiene program to take care of her daughter. The money helped the family and raised awareness about cancer. Hannah's mother has since been able to return to the school.

According to the BLS, a minimum of an associate's degree or certificate in dental hygiene is generally required for practice in a private dental office. Over the next several years, employment of these professionals is expected to grow by 36 percent, which is more than triple the national average rate for all other occupations.

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