In our Department of Dental Hygiene, you'll combine the study of dental hygiene theory with supervised clinical practice. You'll graduate ready to devote your life to improving the oral health of individuals and communities.

Degree programs

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If I did not have such wonderful, patient, intelligent clinical instructors, I would not have become the dental hygienist that I am today. The clinic is where I learned all my skills to start my career...
Dental Hygiene (4-Year B.S.)

Dental Hygiene by the numers


patients served each year at our on-campus dental hygiene clinic



number of dental chair stations in our clinic, along with five X-ray operatories



average hours per week third- and fourth-year students spend providing care to patients

Beautiful locations

As a student in our Department of Dental Hygiene, you first study on UNE's scenic Biddeford Campus, where the waters of the Saco River flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Recently named the youngest city in Maine, Biddeford and its twin city, Saco, boast an up-and-coming, hip downtown offering delicious eateries, exciting social and cultural events, and more. With the transformation of the old Biddeford/Saco mills into restaurants, breweries, housing, fitness facilities, salons, and retailers, there is something for everyone to explore in downtown. Looking to try a new type of food, grab a coffee, or shop for locally-made clothes? Biddeford/Saco has it all.

Once you enter the clinical phase, you study on our historic Portland Campus. Located in a quiet neighborhood that is a 10-minute drive from downtown Portland, campus is close to major clinical sites, shopping, nightlife, cultural events, restaurants, the beaches, the harbor, walking and biking trails and much more. Named “America’s Most Livable City” by Forbes and “Foodiest Small Town in America” by Bon Appetit, Portland is the city on every list. A rustic port hosts a cool cultural scene — with outdoor adventure all around.

Biddeford Campus

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Portland Campus

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U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report ranked Dental Hygienist the 30th best profession in its "100 Best Jobs of 2019."

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