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Dental Hygiene
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Raquel Rico
voice: 956.364.4702

  Mailing Address:
TSTC Harlingen
1902 Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550
The Dental Hygiene office is located in the Sen. Eddie Lucio Health Science Technology Building.
  Office Hours:
M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun.: Closed

The Dental Hygiene Program at Texas State Technical College is fully accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.”

A dental hygienist is a preventive oral health professional licensed in dental hygiene who provides educational, clinical and therapeutic services supporting health through the promotion of oral health.

A dental hygienist is the member of the dental health team responsible for providing treatment that helps prevent oral disease such as dental caries (cavities) and periodontal disease (gum disease) and for educating the patient on the maintenance of optimal oral health. This professional is especially knowledgeable about the preventive aspects of dental disease.

Most dental hygienists practice in private dental offices, but other employment opportunities include federal, state, and local health departments, hospitals and nursing homes, school districts and other educational settings, correctional facilities and Health Maintenance Organizations.



TSTC Dental Programs comply with all institutional, local, state, and federal regulations on bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases, ionizing radiation, and hazardous materials. Students in the Dental Programs will follow all CDC, OSHA, and other protective policies to protect themselves and their patients from occupational exposures to these potential hazards.

Reviewed Date: 2/22/15

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