Dental Hygienist
Interview

A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive oral health, typically focusing on techniques in oral hygiene. Local dental regulations determine the scope of practice of dental hygienists. In most jurisdictions, hygienists work for a dentist, and some are licensed to administer local anesthesia. Common procedures performed by hygienists include cleanings known as prophylaxis, scaling and root planing for patients with periodontal disease, taking of prescrib...

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Career Field
Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Vacation
Hours per Week
Health
75%
Easy
Not Provided
One Week
38 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

Dental hygienists typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene are also available, but are less common. A bachelor's or master's degree is usually required for research, teaching, or clinical practice in public or school health programs.

Work Environment

Almost all dental hygienists work in dentists’ offices. They work closely with dentists and dental assistants. Dental hygienists wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. When taking x rays, they follow strict procedures to protect themselves and patients. They may spend long periods bending over to work on patients.

Pros in Dental Hygienist

The hours are very flexible, you get to improve the oral health of other, and it is such a rewarding career

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:42 am

dental hygienists get to work with different kinds of people with different needs. Therefore every patient they see will be their learning experience.

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:43 am

In my eyes I see only pros; the ability to help people with their dental health, a job where I am making a difference, hands on work that is interesting and exciting as well as self fufilling.

Submitted On: July 19, 2012, 9:00 pm

You get to be part of the preventative side of dentistry preventing further damage to patients teeth through oral health maintenance. It is truly rewarding to be able to have the power to help patients keep their natural teeth without extensive restorations.

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:43 am

Improving the dental health and opinions of a patient.

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:44 am

Being able to help people recognize how important their oral health is and always have a beautiful smile.

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:44 am

You get to change paitients ideas of oral health care and their providers at the source. If you take the time to listen to your patient and act with kindness they will gain your trust and you will have a returning patient!

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:44 am
Dental Hygienist Interview Questions and Answers
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1. Why have you chosen to pursue this profession?
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Always been something i wanted to do since a young girl. I love helping others and being able to make a change in their lives and health.
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I worked as a dental assistant and felt that I would be very sucessful as a hygienist, having my own area and patients is very appealing to me. I enjoy connecting with the public on a one on one basis.
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I have chosen dental hygiene because I was put on this Earth to make people feel good about themselves and to make them smile. I want to be the one to put that finishing touch on that young girl who just had her braces off. I had 3 sets of braces and when my hygienist cleaned my teeth, I felt like a million bucks. I want to make that 13 year old girl feel like a million bucks like I did, and I want her to feel confident about her smile.
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I love dental Hygiene... peoples teeth are part of the first impression, and a smile leads to emoion.. someones smile and dental hygeine says a lot about themselves
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Through my lifetime experiences, i have come to realise the importance of one's health and how health is the base of everything. Pursueing a career in the field of dental hygiene is a commitment i have made to my health and to the health of others.
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I've always had an interest in teeth. As a young child, I would find myself looking at my teeth, playing around with floss and toothpicks and drying the saliva on my teeth. I would notice the white calculus that appeared on my lower front teeth and would often wondered what it was. I would try to remove it and quite enjoyed the feeling of being able to remove it.
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I have chosen to pursue this career because I was put on this Earth to help people and to make them feel good and confident about themselves. I love the tools and instraments used in the dental office and putting those 2 together make this the best career choice for me.
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Because I love to look after people and want to make a positive change in peoples life.
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2. What hobbies do you have that require hand skills?
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I actually took an art class at TXCC and it was all about being gentle with your hands and I took up that skill very quickly and I think that it will help me as I start doing clinical work in hygiene school
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I paint and draw and have obtained a degree in dental technology last year which requires excellent dexterity skills.
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I like to paint, draw and do anything artistic and constructive
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I enjoy knitting and crocheting. I have also spent some time learning the violin.
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i love hadn embroidery. cross stich to be precise.
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Also, my mother-in-law and myself are currently sewing up bandana bibs wich requires a lot of tiny hand work.
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I take care of my 8 month old so getting him dressed everyday twice a day and playing with him requires a lot of small hand and finger movements!
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I enjoy making stained glass art, such as light catchers you put in windows and Tiffany lamp shades. This requires a very steady hand when cutting the glass and a detailed eye to make all the pieces fit together.
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Playing the piano.
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Playing piano, cutting hair, arts and crafts, chorale conducting, being a mother of three kids with lots of tiny toys...ha ha ha. Seriously, participating in labs at school for my chemistry and biology courses have given a steady hand and attention to detail.
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I do alot of cake decorating and i use my hands a lot.
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I play the piano and I am a full time dental assistant so I am always using my hands.
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I enjoy painting. I currently work as a pharmacy technician and use my hands a lot in pulling up oral and syringes. Being a routine it has, I hope this helps create a future in the hand techniques of a dental hygienist.
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I have always enjoyed doodling and writing, and I also have played piano in the past although I have not played it in awhile.
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Playing the cello to grade 5 standard, creating wall art and making beaded jewellery.
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I bake and cook quite often, my favorite form being bread making. I also work on crafts that require sewing.
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3. Describe to me the dental practice you observed.
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I observed Ms piccioni, she workds for a pediatric dentist Dr Judd.Ms Piccioni was very sweet and caring with the younger children, easing their concerns and fear of visiting a dentist. Some of these patients were visiting the dentist for the first time and were afraid to even lie down, let along being operated upon by an instrument. But Ms Piccioni's gentle manner helped them get comfortable and make the entire experience positive. I observed her performing tooth scaling and polishing, take x- rays, use scalers, currettes, irrigators and other tools and also educated the children and parents about flossing and general dental care. She was very encouraging to me as well and reinforced my resolve to becoming a fine dental hygienist.
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I watched both dental hygienists perform their routines. I also observed the dentist pull wisdom teeth, do a root canal, and make a filling. I enjoyed watching all aspects of the jobs in the dentist office.
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I observed the dental hygienist doing fluoride and deep cleaning.
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The office observed was clean and friendly. It had a well running schedule and someone at the fron to greet everyone. The office unfortantely had some infection control concerns and were working them out at the time.
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I observed a busy general dentist office. The dental hygienist had a very busy schedule and time is a critical component. I learned speed will come in time, but it is very important to do your job well in a timely manner and to make the patient feel comfortable.
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I have not official observed any dental professionals. The only true experience I have is the experiences I have had while in the chair.
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4. If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
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I would do nothing different. I love where I am at. I love my school and the comfortable atmosphere that is here and I would not change anything about it
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Take multiple years of Spanish.
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I might have been a little more proactive when I was deciding upon schools and degrees while in highschool.
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5. What are your 2 weakest points?
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My two weakest points would have to be, that i get very anxious and want to do everything at one time and have to learn to slow down and not get as stressed out.
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I tend to have a tendancy to be perfectionistic. I dislike causing discomfort to a patient I need to remember that sometimes it is necessary to cause a little discomfort in order to completely remove the calculus.
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When a patient comes in either in a bad mood or immediately begins to talk down to me, I loose my confidence. I over think things and get stressed out. I also need to be write most things down when I am told to do something because as soon as I start talking with a patient, I will loose that instruction and it may get forgotten.
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I have to physically do something before I can completely comprehend it. If I am just told how to do something without actually doing it, there is a good chance I may forget or do it incorrectly.
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Compassionate and empatheyic to others.
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Perfectionist!
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I can be a perfectionist at times and tend to check my work to reassure myself that everything was completed correctly.
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I am very shy sometimes and I will also second guess myself.
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6. Favorite thing you observed or highlights of your observation experience?
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interaction with people and making them feel confident and aware of their dental issues if any and giving them right advise.
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I enjoyed watching the dentist cut and pull wisdom teeth out. I thought it was so neat. It looked like it would hurt the patient. Good thing they numbed her up!
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My favorite aspect during my observation hours were the deep cleanings. It was an intense and impressive procedure.
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Watching the patient's satisfaction after a service was the most enjoyable part of observing.
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The highlight is that i get to ask questions, meet new people, and get to absorb everything.
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When we found an absess in the xray of a patient that wouldn't have been detected otherwise.
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7. Describe the people you find most difficult to work with.
Top Answer
The people that I prefer not to work with are the ones who will do anything in their power to avoid doing their job. Lazy people are the hardest to work with, although I will always do my best to pick up the slack I perfer to work next to someone who is just as compentent as I am!
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I am very much a team player. I want to know that I've been heard, not necessarily that you agree but that you listened. I am very big on mutual respect, making sure everyone feels their opinion is valued and then coming to a group consensus about what the best course to take is. Having said that, traits that undermine that philosophy can present a challenge to work with.
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People who nit-pick every detail that is not exactly right, someone who talks down to you instead of to you, someone who does not have a good sense of humor.
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I dont have difficulty working with anyone. I am very adaptable
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The most difficult people to work with for me are "Toppers". This is the type of person with a personality trait for some reason or another whom must always "Top" everything that is said or stated.
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People who aren't willing to work as a team- either those who wont allow others to help- bossy, controlling- or those who insist on being carried by the group.
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I refuse to work with lazy people. They like to get around things so they dont need to do their job.
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People with a negative attitute.
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I feel that the people.
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People with limited oral opening and patients who gag.
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The people who stand over your shoulder and criticize every move you make.
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8. After hygienist school, and a few years experience, will you be applying to dental school?
Top Answer
no, hygiene and dentistry are two separate entities and hygiene is my main interest no dentistry!.
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It is definitely something that has been in the back of my head. I like to take on one thing on at a time so it isn't something that I have looked into, but I figure when I get through they hygiene program, if I decide I would like to go on then I will start to look into it then. However, for now my main focus is dental hygiene!
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No, If I were I would go to dental school.
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Being on the preventative side of dentistry is where i want to be as i feel it is much more rewarding than providing generic restorations to patients oral cavity. I always promote keeping natural teeth as long as possible. Nothing can compare to it.
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Possibly but it depends on where I am at as far as my personal life goes.
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I've thought about it but i dont think i would enjoy being a dentist as much as i enjoy being a dental hygienist.
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No, after 5 years of experience I know I would not want the responsibilities of being a dentist. I do not want to run my own business and I do not want to spend additional years in school.
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No, my desire is to future my career in dental hygiene by recieving my degree, followed by my degree in psychology and to travel the world with my hygiene career.
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No , i do not wish to be a dentist.
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Right now I would not. I really want to be a Dental Hygienist, work hard, and have fun working.
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It has always been an interest, but to me I would rather not have that much pressure. I want to be very involved with my family and being a dental hygienist allows me plenty of time to do that.
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No, i am happy where i am right now as a dental hygienist.
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I do not plan on attending dental hygiene school.
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No, I'm not interested in being a Dentist.
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I am not sure what the difference is. I hope to be proficiently certified after hygiene school. I do not wish to be a dentist.
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9. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good hygienist?
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Manual dexterity, an at ease personality, being personable.
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Being knowledgeable in your field, passing it onto your clients, being organized, team worker, have good clinical skills, proper ergonomics, friendly, and having a great attitude towards the day.
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Patience, outgoing, personable, good team work, responsible, organized, helpful, caring.
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I feel the most important qualities in a good hygienist are to be gentle while working on patient's, but at the same time be thorough in doing a great job cleaning their teeth. It is also important to be understanding and compassionate of patient's feelings, fears, and concerns about dental work or their dental health. Another important quality is to be proactive in explaining and educating patient's on how to care for their teeth or what they can do to improve the health of their mouths.
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Caring nature, ability to communicate effectively, passion for their field.
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Thouroughness, dedication, approachability.
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Patient care. Performing good clinical skills while keeping the patient comfortable.
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Knowledgeable, caring, patient, understanding, ethical.
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Empathy is an important quality. You must make your patient feel comfortable with you and the procedure. Confidence is also important for this same reason.
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Friendly impressive in terms of explaining the oral hygiene techniques.
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10. When did you discover you want to be a hygienist?
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I originally thought I wanted to be a dentist. But after working as a dental assistant for 5 years, I discovered that I did not want the responsibilities of a dentist but would rather help individuals with oral help by becoming a dental hygienist. I have a love for teeth and working with my hands so being a hygienist is a perfect fit.
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Upon completion of my dental assisting school and after having worked in a dental setting. Being an assistant was wonderful, but I feel I would prevail in a DH setting. I would like to work one on one with patients and be an educator, not just an assistant to a a dentist.
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I discovered i wanted to be a dental hygienist when i was in high school.
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Upon speaking with my dental hygienist about how much she loves her job.
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Freshman year of college.
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While dental assisting I discovered that i have so much love for dentistry but was feeling very limited.
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When i moved on to here..i discovered this program when i went to dental clinic with my bro..and i interested in it more than physical therapy.
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I started to become interested in teeth my junior year of high school when I got braces. I was the patient who was constantly asking questions as to what the hygienist was doing and what each tool did what. These questions slowly turned into questions about her job and how she liked it where she said such good things about it. Once I was in college and very interested in the career, I took an intro to dental hygiene career class and fell in love.
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I do not believe I had this realization until I was about 17 years old.
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During my nursing experience as I love the periodontal or restorative procedures which the dentists do.
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11. How would you rate your previous college education?
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my previous college, are alright to a certain extent but it would be best if i attained better grades
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From a scale from one to ten i would say an eight.
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I would say that I have successfully been able to correct any of my previous mistakes and drastically improve my GPA which has shown me that I literally can do anything I want to if I sincerely try.
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12. What do you know about dental hygienist?
Top Answer
First line of defense to obtaining optimal oral health and overall health.
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Someone that specializes in preventive oral health and teaches patients on good oral hygiene.
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I know that dental hygienists clean teeth and educate you on how to keep a great smile.
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Dental hygienist is something I always wanted to do. dental hygienst help out the doctors and clean teeth.
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The first line of defence of maintaining good orla health as well as good overall health.
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I know that they clean the teeth and search and discuss for any problems the patient might have. They also take x-rays.
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13. What will you do if you have a client that refuses to floss or take care of their teeth?
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Educate them on what will happen to their teeth if they do not take care of them. Explain to them how expensive it will be to fix them when they start to have tooth infections and aches.
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Use pictures and be descriptive of the downfalls of neglecting their oral health. Also, find something the client values. If it's money for example, describe the costs of restoring and repairing and remind them that prevention is basically free!
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You attempt to insist that flossing and taking care or their oral health is important to their overall health. It is best to use examples and personal experience to help drive the point home to the client
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I would recommend a different oral hygiene aids over the course of time such as interproximal brushes,t
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Discuss the systemic outcome and other interproximal devices.
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I will educate them on the benefits of flossing and over all oral health. I can not force them to do anything, but I can emphasize the long term consequences of noncompliance. If they refuse gingivitis therapies or periodontal therapies, I will get them to sign a waiver stating I have informed them of the treatment required and they know the consequences of deferring treatment.
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I would help him to recognize the systemic consequences due to his lack of care. Put the responsibility back on the patient.
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I would tell them that flossing your teeth is really important because is one the way to prevent from getting cavities and gums infection. And once you floss, you can feel you mouth really refresh and clean.
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Try to motivate them just to attempt it at the very least. Suggest how often they should floss even if it is once every other day. Explain the effects it will have on their overall health.
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Educate them on the possible outcomes if they continue to neglect their oral care. Sometimes, money can be a motivation and giving rough estimates on procedures required to fix cavities and broken teeth.
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I will do my very best to explain why it is so important to take care of your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, I cant make anyone do something they dont want to do.
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14. What do you think you will dislike the most about being a hygienist?
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may have nerve problem in hands, arms, and back in the future due to repititive hand work.
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Honestly, not being able to control the cost of cleanings or the ability to financially work with low income patients.
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I cant think of anyhting i would dislike. there are many reasons i wanted to become a hygienist. i care for pateints and i love my job. i know i am going to have difficult days but i think i am prepared for it.
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Seeing patients with oral cavity problems beyond fixing hygienically which could have been prevented earlier by someone like myself with a proper hygiene advice.
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Getting back achs and neck pain.
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Physical pain.
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Cleaning rooms.
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15. Are you prepared for the heavy course load an RDH title demands?
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Yes, I am.
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I have been preparing myself for the coarse load of an RDH title because this is something i really have my heart set on, and i dont like to quit things once i have started them.
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I have been preparing myself for the coarse load of an RDH title because this is something i really have my heart set on, and i dont like to quit things once i have started them.
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I set a high standard for myself in regards to education. I manage my time around what goals needs to be accomplished for finishing school and that is my primary focus. I'm not entering the program haphazardly, I have put a great deal of prayer, thought and planning into preparing for every aspect of the dental program and feel confident I am ready.
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Yes, I set high standards for myself and i try my hardest in everything I do.
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I am comp;letely ready, i love to learn new things everyday... i have tried my hardest all my life to maintain all a's to get to where i am today! im always ready for a challenge.
+66.7%
50%
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-33.3%
7.
Yes am looking forward to the challenge.
+66.7%
50%
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-33.3%
8.
Yes, i will mannage to schadual my time for studing,preparing for daily rutine and organizing outside school tasks that i have.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
9.
Yes, i enjoy everything the RDH title demands.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
10.
Absolutely.
+66.7%
50%
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-33.3%
11.
Yes, I have been preparing for it for a while.
+66.7%
50%
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-33.3%
16. If you are stressed, what signs occur and what do you do about it?
Top Answer
I usually get really frustrated when in a stressful situation. Usually I just step back and take a deep breath. Then I think about what is a priority in what I need to get done. I feel much better after I take the time to think and plan rather than get everything done at once.
+100%
100%
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-75%
Second Best
if i am stressed i get quiet. and i like discussing my probelems with my husband.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
3.
I deal with stress very well.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
4.
Sleep deprived and seek advice.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
5.
I sometimes can feel my immune system start to weaken and I have to get rest and take a supplement to help me bounce back.
+50%
0%
+ / -
-0%
6.
I have a heard time sleeping, when I am stressed I like to go running or do something with just me and my dog to give myself some time to think.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
7.
I panic a little and I cry!
+50%
0%
+ / -
-0%
8.
I get anxious, I tend to shut down and stop interacting with people. I worry that I will cry.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
9.
If I am stressed, I find it difficult for me to think clearly and sometimes I will also see physical signs such as headaches or stomach aches. I have found that working on puzzles (jigsaw, logic, sodoku) decreases my stress levels because they help me to focus.
+100%
0%
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-0%
17. What interests you about this profession?
Top Answer
What interests me about the dental hygiene profession is being the one who puts a smile on an individuals face. With dental hygiene, you have the oppurtunity to have that quality one on one time with your patients to educate them on proper oral healthcare techniques and how this affects thier personal lifestyle. dental hygiene definetly is a rewarding career because you are changing peoples life through a smile.
+100%
100%
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-90%
Second Best
I enjoy the contact with patients.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
3.
i am interested in this profession because i have learned from reseaech that it is a profession that is constantly advancing and growing. i always knew as a child that i would have a career that required hands on activity whether it meant that i would be a doctor or an artist, when i combined my passion of the two it lead to de4ntistry.
+50%
33%
+ / -
-25%
4.
I love that there is always something new and exciting in dentistry. The field changes so often and there are always so many options that people have when it comes to the care and restoration of their teeth. Also, every individual is different so there is always an opportunity on helping people with their own unique dental needs.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
5.
I enjoy making people smile everyday, and making them feel good about their teeth.
+20%
0%
+ / -
-0%
6.
I love seeing the teeth become clean, especially when you can see the calculus being removed.
+33.3%
0%
+ / -
-0%
7.
The most interesting part to me is how much the mouth affects the rest of the body and all the upcoming research that is being done on it.
+100%
0%
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-0%
8.
I would like to help educate people about their oral health and help them realize the importance, I am also very interested in watching their progression in knowing that i helped them get the pretty and healthy smile that they have.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
18. Are you aware of the multifaceted nature of Dentistry?
Best Answer
Dentistry is a service business, it addresses preventative care as well as treatment, it is making people feel save and comfortable in a stressful setting, most of the time there are many different options for various financial situations.
+63.6%
60%
+ / -
-54.5%
2.
No, can you please tell me more?
+53.3%
50%
+ / -
-46.7%
3.
As in the very many avenues such as orthodontics periodontics, and endodontics?
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0%
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-0%
19. Do you think you would learn well in a small-group setting? Explain.
Top Answer
it depends..when it comes to learning its my effort that makes me learn better..size should not matter
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100%
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-66.7%
Second Best
i feel as though i am able to learn in any type of setting. it is important to make every experience a learning experience. whether working in a small group, a large group, or alone i will make it a learning experience and learn from it.
+100%
100%
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-80%
3.
Personal feedback and independant attention is an advantage in a learning environment, but an advanced scholar is able to learn in any situation.
+100%
0%
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-0%
4.
Yes of course. a small group setting allows for discussions which will help understanding greatly. If any questions arise we can ask each other as we will all have different levels of experiences.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
5.
Yes because theres less people and I could of more things to plan.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
6.
Yes, less people, more attention to each person.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
7.
Having gone to school k-8 with a class of 12 and gone to high school with no more in class then 15-20, a small group setting is all i have ever known. I believe it benifits each student to have the ability to ask more questions and haave more 1 on 1 time with the teacher.This results in the student being able to retain more, and be more prepared for the future.
+100%
0%
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-0%
8.
I have realized over the past 4 years that I am capable of learning in any group size. I have taken classes that only have 10 people in them to classes that have around 300. I learn just the same in both size classes, the key is to not be afraid to ask questions, no matter the class size and to always attend the class, no matter the class size.
+50%
0%
+ / -
-0%
9.
For sure, in my biology class this semester the teacher is actually making us learn through team based learning. So i do have experience working in groups and i think its a great way to learn because not only do you get you voice your opinions, but you get to hears others and get a wider perspective on the topic . Its a great way to share what you know and learn what you didn't know before!
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
10.
I think I would learn well very in a small group setting. Large groups are fine, but it makes it a little more difficult for face to face learning.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
20. What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing hygienist school?
Top Answer
Balancing my family time and school time, and making sure everyone's needs are met. I know going to school with three kids is tough, but I'll have the family support I need, and we'll be fine. We're tough.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
Second Best
Having a baby while studying.
+90%
89%
+ / -
-85%
3.
Being focused enough to continue with my degree instead of entering the work force after two years once becoming an hygienist.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
4.
I am aware that it is a tough course and i have prepared myself for it. However i may find the start of the course challenging but once i know the volume of work required i can adapt to the situation.
+33.3%
29%
+ / -
-26.7%
5.
Juggling being a mom and student.
+28.6%
17%
+ / -
-14.3%
6.
To balance the study workload and social life. But we can keep a good harmony of both if we know how to plan our study.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
7.
I know that is is a tough program but I know that when I am focused on a goal I will do whatever it takes to reach it.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
8.
I think the most challenging thing for me will be not working, as I have heard that it is best to not have a job during school. I have been so used to working while going to school and it has always given me motivation and really helped structure my day and got me on a routine!
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
9.
I think just the motivation to keep going and being able to handle assignments and tasks and volunteer work. It is a lot of work but if its something that you really want, nothing will stop you from getting there.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
10.
Working while in school. Especially your first year in the program. So I recommend not to work your first year in the program. Better to see where you at... How you handle things before decided to work.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
11.
What do you think would be the hardest as a hygienist?
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0%
+ / -
-0%
21. What if you aren't accepted into Hygienist school?
Best Answer
I will continue my job as a surgical assistant and will apply again for the following year!
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
2.
I would study no more.
+14.3%
0%
+ / -
-0%
3.
I will all I can to be accepted into Hygienist school because this is something I am extremely passionate about.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
4.
I would be saddened but I would try again at the next possibility.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
5.
Then I would try again next year and continue practising as an assistant, looking to further my assisting career by volunteering in Costa Rica and taking the orthodontic module.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
22. How would you control the cost of healthcare?
Best Answer
I would properly educate my patients on the proper oral care so they wouldn't have to come back for restirtions.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
2.
I would definitely want to bring the problem to the team I am working with first. I would present a solution in ways of offering specials for certain services and monthly promotional offers. I would research and advise patients about the best insurance providers and options to help maximize there health benefit. Also I would advise the patients to keep up on visits in order to prevent the chance of a more expensive visit for uncared teeth.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
3.
Can save money by knnowing how to properly care for your oral health care.
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33%
+ / -
-25%
23. What are your 2 greatest strengths?
Top Answer
Thorough cleanings and a gentle touch.
+90.9%
90%
+ / -
-81.8%
Second Best
I find my strengths to be that I am not afraid to ask for advice, and to get the correct answer if I am unsure. I also think a strength of mine is patient relations and making someone feel comfortable in the dental setting.
+85.7%
83%
+ / -
-71.4%
3.
My first greatest strength is my ability to communicate with patients. I think I am able to help ease their anxiety, relate to them and show empathy whenever possible. I also think knowing your clients and their interests or oral health needs makes you more genuine hygienist. Secondly, I am very versatile, having the ability to relate and fit in almost everywhere I go.
+83.3%
80%
+ / -
-66.7%
4.
I am really good at working with people of all ages and personalities, I am a waitress so it is something that I have become very used to, I also like to be very organized, nothing stresses me out more when things are unorganized.
+80%
75%
+ / -
-60%
5.
I am persistent and work well under pressure.
+75%
71%
+ / -
-62.5%
6.
I dont have any strenghs.
+70%
67%
+ / -
-60%
7.
My drive to learn and my constant concern and care for others.
+71.4%
67%
+ / -
-57.1%
8.
I am loyal and dedicated.
+66.7%
60%
+ / -
-50%
9.
Perfection and compassion.
+60%
57%
+ / -
-53.3%
10.
Thoroughness and time management. An example of this is.......
+58.3%
55%
+ / -
-50%
11.
1) confidence 2) making clients feel comfortable and wanting to come back
+54.5%
50%
+ / -
-45.5%
12.
leadership and responsiblitiy- i like to take control of the sitiuation and handle things in the best way possiblle and help others around me achieve their strengths
+55.6%
50%
+ / -
-44.4%
13.
cleaning teeth and customer relations
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46%
+ / -
-42.9%
14.
I am a very logical thinker. I am also very hardworking. I stay until the job is done.
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0%
+ / -
-0%
24. What are the negative aspects of being a hygienist?
Top Answer
One of the few negative aspects of dental hygiene is that it is easy to develope back and neck pain.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
Second Best
I dont think there are any.
+75%
67%
+ / -
-50%
3.
Client not complaining with the recommendation to improve their oral health.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
4.
Communicable diseases.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
5.
Having uncompliant patients.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
6.
Being a dental hygienist can be taxing on the body; especially the neck and low back.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
7.
I honestly just got out of school, so I haven't experienced a whole lot of negativity, but if I had to say one aspect that could be negative might be the physical strain on your hands.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
8.
One negative aspect of being a Dental Hygienist is Communicable diseases.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
9.
I suppose some negative things would be that it is at base a service job dealing with people. And for every great person, there is a nasty one. Sometimes dealing with people can be hard in totally other ways too such as when you loose someone. But these are all subjective.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
25. Are you aware of issues facing Dentistry today?
Top Answer
The issues that I am aware of in Dentistry are strongly based on finance and the cost of checkups and treatments. Coming from a family that was not very wealthy , i didn't get as many checkups and cleanings as i should have. Dentistry is expensive for patients to get cleanings and check ups and my family was not able to provide the money for those necessities as i grew up. Another issue would be time.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
Second Best
Healthcare is at a complicated crossroad. There are problems with our system and means of delivery but many are uneasy to implement solutions for fear of risking the part that does function. The field of dental hygiene is currently over saturated and finding employment out of college can be challenging.
+94.1%
94%
+ / -
-88.2%
3.
Yes. At the moment the economy has cut down on dental patients and is hard for small businesses to function.
+92.3%
92%
+ / -
-84.6%
4.
Not many people are able to afford dentistry and will only seek dental treatment when at their absolute worst stage and in a lot of pain. This makes it difficult for hygienists and dentist as the treatments are most likely going to be complicated. As a result the treatment will be expensive and the patient will have to pay in small amounts over long periods of time. This affects the funds of the surgery in question and may even lower quality.
+91.7%
91%
+ / -
-83.3%
5.
I might have to get back to you with an answer to that question, but i remember a few years ago there were a few dentist charged and had their licenses taken away for being violent and aggressive with patients.
+87.5%
87%
+ / -
-81.3%
6.
None that I am familiar with right now, but im sure there are always issues with insurance companies and funds.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
7.
Getting the general population into the dentists office and keeping their appointments.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
8.
I am fully aware of the issues facing dentistry today; since i am currently working for a dental office,I see the affects that the economy is having on Dental offices. Many offices are down in collections and have a high over head which determines whether or not to higher, or cut down on staff.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
9.
News about dental xrays causing brain tumors will affect dentristy.
+23.1%
17%
+ / -
-15.4%