Welcome to the Department of Dental Hygiene
There is a strong connection between oral health and overall health. Through direct patient care, prevention efforts and outreach, dental hygienists help individuals and communities experience healing and achieve wellness.
At USD, our faculty bring expertise in research and practice to the classroom, providing our students with an exceptional educational experience rooted in hands-on learning. Our students gain hands-on experience in a variety of settings – including dental clinics, schools, nursing homes, tribal hospitals, senior centers and penitentiaries – and work alongside students from a variety of health sciences disciplines. These experiences prepare our students to be collaborators and leaders on their future patients' care teams. They graduate as confident and capable professionals ready to deliver high quality care to their patients and promote oral health in whatever setting they enter.
Join our community of dental hygienists, researchers and educators in the USD Department of Dental Hygiene.