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Dental Hygienist


Under the supervision of a dentist, dental hygienists provide treatment to prevent cavities and gum diseases.

Dentists and dental hygienists must be licensed by the Board of Regents to practice in New York State.

Licensing Requirements

Any use of the title "Dental Hygienist" within New York State requires licensure.

To be licensed as a dental hygienist in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 17 years of age for dental hygiene licensure by examination; be at least 21 years of age for licensure by endorsement of another state's license;
  • meet education and examination requirements; and
  • have satisfactorily practiced for at least two years for licensure by endorsement.


The licensure and first registration fee is $128.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2018,there were 481 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019,there were 472 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2020, there were 10,442 active licenses for this profession.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Dentistry
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 550
Fax: (518) 473-0567
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification

29-1292.00 - Dental Hygienists
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Additional Information

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 440-2500

The American Dental Hygienists' Association
444 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3400
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 440-8900
E-mail: [email protected]


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/14/20.

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