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Do you recognize the importance of oral health and love helping others? Would you like a career with job stability, competitive salary and a flexible schedule? Consider the Dental Hygiene program at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dental hygiene provides a unique opportunity to positively impact the oral health of every person that comes into a dentist’s office.



Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • The dental hygiene program is within the School of Dentistry so students gain exposure to all aspects of dental hygiene and dentistry.
  • Once you enter the patient care phase, dental and dental hygiene students work together to provide assessment, diagnoses and treatment for their patients.
  • The Dental Hygiene Program is focused on community service. Students provide care at various external locations where they treat medically, mentally and emotionally compromised patients. Students also engage in a variety of other community activities, including oral health education presentations to local schools, performing sealants on children via the School-Based Dental Sealant program and providing dental hygiene treatment at Covenant Community Care dental clinic.
  • Small class sizes — our average student-to-teacher ratio is 11:1; that means plenty of individualized attention aimed at making sure our students succeed.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a well-rounded education. We don’t just teach dental hygiene; we create community leaders.

Your Boundless Future

Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations in the country. Dental hygienists work in a variety of settings, including private dental and dental specialist offices, hospitals, nursing homes, public health programs, correctional facilities, school districts, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, dental equipment supply companies and health maintenance organizations.

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for this profession.


Contact Info

Anthony Neely
Associate Professor of Periodontics/Dental Hygiene

Featured Alumna

Kara Gee '09

“Dental hygienists spend a great deal of time educating our patients, particularly the parents. Every patient is different; some are confident and do great in the dental chair, others need encouragement. I love my profession and know I am helping others.”

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