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FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks is offering a new degree in dental hygiene to build up the number of local people licensed in teeth care.
The two-year associate's degree was approved earlier this month by the university's Board of Regents.
School officials said that despite relatively high wages and plenty of job openings, Alaska has a marked shortage of dental hygienists.
These licensed dental assistants specialize in preventative care such as cleanings, scalings and taking X-rays.
Six students started in the program this semester.
The dental classes include head and neck anatomy, pharmacology, radiology and dental histology.