Dental Hygienists Abroad

Last Updated on April 13, 2021 by A. Scott, BSDH

Dental hygienists abroad are forging new paths

Since the 1960’s, dental hygienists have been moving overseas to work as prevention specialists.

In this role, dental hygienists abroad promote not only optimal dental health, but good health in general.

Dental hygienists teach patients why oral and digestive health are both essential to maintaining good overall health.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Thomas Edison

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What is a dental hygienist?

Most people know the dental team as the dentist with his assistants and perhpas a receptionist. However, in many countries, a dental hygienist is also a very important part of the dental team.

Why? Because the dental hygienist specializes in preventive dentistry.

Dental Prevention Specialists
Dental hygienists specialize in the prevention of dental diseases.

This means that he or she is responsible for helping patients prevent dental disease. This helps patients avoid dental problems and pain.

Dental hygienists also help to maintain the dental work that the patients already have.

Dental hygienists also spend a large part of their appointments educating patients about proper oral care. This could mean explaining why dental disease occurs, or what patients can do to prevent it.

Another key part of the education process is how to brush, floss and use other homecare aids properly.

Many patients appreciate the work and guidance of dental hygienists.

Who can be a dental hygienist abroad?

If you are a dental hygienist looking to move overseas, please check that the country you will move to actually recognizes your qualifications.

Only dental hygienists trained to international standards are able to work abroad. “How can I do this?” you may ask.

Dental Hygienists Abroad
A dental hygienist at work.

It may be easier than you think as there is already an entire community of dental hygienists abroad.

These hygienists make real and positive changes in people’s lives and as a result, improve their overall health.

The benefits of having a dental hygienist

Most patients and dentists are grateful for our guidance, homecare recommendations and our highly skilled hands. As a result, the salary can be very attractive, depending on where you practice.

As highly qualified hygienists, we are proud of our profession, training and above all, our qualifications.

We have attended some of the best educational institutions and by taking this prevention expertise overseas, we can effect a positive change in the world.

Therefore, dental hygienists abroad really can do something extraordinary with their degree.

How to become a dental hygienist abroad

If you are interested in working abroad you have come to the right place, because I can show you how to take this leap. I can also show you why working abroad can lead to fulfilment and growth.

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If you are interested in the work of a dental hygienist, but there are none in your area, contact us. We will show you how to establish a dental hygiene department.

This site is in honor of those who went before me (since the 1960s!), those who helped me along the way and those still on the front lines in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and all points in between.

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8 replies on “Dental Hygienists Abroad”

My name is Hanife Leyla Gurler and I qualified In the UK ( United Kingdom) as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist
I’m getting married next year and my husband to be lives in Germany . Can you please tell me how I can start working in Germany please and where do I start. I know they don’t have a licensing body but reading the comments it says that they don’t have dental hygienist and this situation is frustrating,can you please help and guide me to what I have to do to apply and where do I start. Your information would be very helpful.
Thank you very much for you time

Hi Hanife. Thanks for reaching out. It’s nice to hear that you will be bringing your expertise over to Germany. You will be able to work in Germany as a Hygienist, albeit with a limited scope of practice. Just how broad or limited is up to your employing dentist since dental hygiene is not really regulated. I’ll pm you to see if I can be of any further help.


Hi Angela

Thank you so much for replying.
So dental hygiene is not popular in Germany at the moment but I believe it will get popular. ?
Okey I look forward from hearing from you.

My name is Helen a Canadian RDH and I went to Hygiene school in US.
I got married and moved to Germany 6 months ago.Can you please tell me how I should start in getting my diploma evaluated. I know they don’t have a licensing body but I couldn’t find any valid information if I need to convert my license. Some people tell me they don’t have hygienists here and the assistant do the hygienist’s work ?
The situation is frustrating me,can you please tell me where I should go to get my diploma/license evaluated inorder for me to be able to work here. Your answers would be very helpful.
Thank you!

Hi Helen! I’m glad you reached out! You don’t need to do anything with your license! I never did and I’m working just fine in Germany. Please PM me at so that I can help you out. There are a few offices looking for American RDHs right now. Cheers,

Hi Angela,
Thank you for your prompt response. I really appreciate it. I will PM you.

Thank you again.

I’m RDH as well, interested in working abroad. How is the demand for English speaking hygienists in Germany? Also, did you need to convert the license? your answers would be so helpful. thank you!

Hi. There is a lot of demand for hygienists in Germany. However, you would need at least some German for everyday life, even if you happen to find an office that is mostly English-speaking. At this point, you do not need to do any license conversion but there are some who are working against this. I obviously highly recommend working abroad as a Hygienist and Germany is a very nice option! Hope this helps! Cheers, Angela