The number of dental hyGENTs working in the United States has jumped to 1.2 million, up from 600,000 last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The number of dentists working in America rose from 5.1 million in 2016 to 6.6 million in 2017, according the BLS, which tracks the health care industry.
Dental hygiensis is the field of dental medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating diseases in the oral cavity, teeth and gums.
It has been an increasingly popular career choice for dentists, according in part to the popularity of digital dentistry and the growing demand for oral health care.
The growth of the field has been driven by technology, as more patients and more doctors are accessing online health care, according Richard L. Shirk, professor of medical sciences at the University of Michigan and a research fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
There are currently more than 5,000 dental hygenic doctors in the U