Last Updated on April 13, 2021 by A. Scott, BSDH
Work and a happy life overseas is a reality for many people today and becoming a dental hygienist abroad is no different.
The international dental community is slowly beginning to incorporate preventive dentistry (at least on some levels) into their practices. In other words, this new shift opens the door for international work.
Life as an expat can be considerably better, with greater standards of living to offer. For instance, highly developed European countries like Germany and Switzerland offer some of the highest quality of life in the world.
In addition, studies show that time spent living and working abroad promotes innovation and improves communication skills.
Our guide to overseas work and becoming a dental hygienist abroad
Our guide gives you the best chance of landing a job overseas and settling into international life as an expat.
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Working abroad as a dental hygienist
Because not every degree is globally recognized, this site focuses on degree holders from the U.K., U.S. and Canada. But even if you didn’t gain your hygiene or dental training in those countries, you could still work abroad.
The IFDH lists which countries have internationally recognized dental hygiene degrees.
Hygienists from places whose degrees are not recognized do still have a chance to work abroad. You just need to bring your dental hygiene or dental degree up to the level of training in your country of choice.
For instance, you could study at a dental hygiene school for a short time to bridge the educational credit gap. Therefore, some foreign-trained dentists could still work as a dental hygienist abroad.
Germany is a good example of this. Here you can work as a dentist or hygienist while working towards having your qualifications recognized. This could be an option worth thinking about for foreign-trained dentists.
Germany automatically recognizes dental hygiene degrees from the U.S. and Canada. Many other countries do the same. As a result, these are easy countries to find work in for Americans.
The advice in this blog is based strictly on personal experience. I am neither a lawyer nor an immigration expert. Please consult a lawyer, legal professional and/or an immigration official if in doubt. Do so before, during and after your negotiations with your potential employer. Additionally, be sure to do due diligence regarding employment laws, customs, and immigration policies in the country in which you plan to work. The advice given here is no guarantee of success, even if you follow the advice explicitly. There are always many variables at play, and each circumstance is unique.