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 associateís 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 dentistsí 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. 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 worked all throughout college and it has been difficult, but it has taught me how to manage my time and to prioritize. I have always liked school, but I like school even more when I get to learn about things that I am interested in.
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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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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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Crafts - Made my own mukluks including beading. Nails - nail art, complicated small designs that take a lot of patience and a steady hand. Cooking.
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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 do alot of cake decorating and i use my hands a lot.
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I currently work as a bank teller and my hands are constantly moving with counting money and other job duties. I am also a lover of puzzles and that requires alot of hand skills.
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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 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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Crafts: I have made mukluks including the beading on them, dreamcatchers, infinity scarves Nails: I love to do complicated designs and nail art on my nails. It takes a lot of patience and skill with my hands to make the small designs. Using small brushes.
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3. If you are stressed, what signs occur and what do you do about it?
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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.
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if i am stressed i get quiet. and i like discussing my probelems with my husband.
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I deal with stress very well.
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Sleep deprived and seek advice.
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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.
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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.
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I panic a little and I cry!
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I get anxious, I tend to shut down and stop interacting with people. I worry that I will cry.
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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.
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When I am stressed I tend to stay pretty calm and let things roll off my shoulders. I just have to take a step back and take a deep breath.
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Probably a bit of frowning unknowingly. I try to be thankful that I even have a job.
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4. 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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Knowledgeable, caring, patient, understanding, ethical.
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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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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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Thouroughness, dedication, approachability.
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Patient care. Performing good clinical skills while keeping the patient comfortable.
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A hygienist should be patient, personable, caring, gentle, organized, and openminded.
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I think compassion is the most important qualities. You must care about the needs and health of your patients. Being able to make an unpleasant and frightening experience alittle more comforting is important. Attention to detail is also important. You are working very closely inside the mouth of your patients.
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5. Are you aware of the multifaceted nature of Dentistry?
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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.
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No, can you please tell me more?
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As in the very many avenues such as orthodontics periodontics, and endodontics?
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6. What interests you about this profession?
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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.
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I enjoy the contact with patients.
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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.
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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.
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I enjoy making people smile everyday, and making them feel good about their teeth.
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I love seeing the teeth become clean, especially when you can see the calculus being removed.
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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.
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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.
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The idea of having a different experience everyday.
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7. What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing hygienist school?
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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.
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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.
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Having a baby while studying.
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Being focused enough to continue with my degree instead of entering the work force after two years once becoming an hygienist.
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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.
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Juggling being a mom and student.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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What do you think would be the hardest as a hygienist?
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If I were to pick a challenge it would be not being able to work and go to school. I have saved up and hope to work in the summer and I am hoping it will be enough.
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8. Do you enjoy working with your hands?
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Yes, I enjoy working with my hands very much. I am a very hands-on individual and in dentistry your hands create miracles for patients.
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Yes, I have always been a hands on learner and I love to draw and paint
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I enjoy working with my hands. It is one of the ways that I learn
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Yes, i find it very rewarding.
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Yes, very much so.
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Yes. I used to love doing gymnastics which requires a lot of hand work. While working in McDonalds, we usually use both of our hands in preparing the foods to make the work faster.
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I have always been a hands on person, which is on of the reason why I wanted to go into hygiene, so yes I love working with my hands.
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Yes. I enjoy the fine motor skills.
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Yes, I do. I love to cook for my family so I am constantly working with my hands.
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I do enjoy working with my hands, I have played the piano, and I have always enjoyed doodling or just writing and another thing I oddly enjoy is typing!
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Yes, I love to see the things that I can do and create with them.
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9. What are your 2 weakest points?
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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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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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O I can sometimes come off as very quiet when I first meet people so they think I am shy; but I am getting a lot better about this since working in customer service for the last 6 years. Also at the orientation last Saturday it was mentioned that many students come into the program shy but itís taught to them how to be more outgoing and communicate. o I get anxious when I am uncertain or unprepared to do something, for example if I havenít studied enough or if I donít have a plan for an event or know that there is a certain plan in place. I usually prefer to have a set plan, and if not I get anxious about it. E.g. My birthday.
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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 am very shy sometimes and I will also second guess myself.
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Big hands, I can be too passionate about what I do.
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I would say if I would better myself I would learn another language to be able to communicate and make patient feel comfortable talking to me.
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Getting nervous when in pressure managing myself when nervous.
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My spelling and that my kindness leaves me open to being taken advantage of.
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10. What type of learner are you?
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visual and hands on
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Visual.
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I am a very hands on learner. I need to physically have something in my hands like models of human organs or dental tools to really get the feel for what I am learning and to fully understand it.
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Hands on learner.
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visual
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Hands on.
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I'm a visual learner, I like to supplement readings and lectures with pictures and models when I can.
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I am a hands-on learner.
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I'm a visual learner. I also like to do hands on work.
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Interactive, obsessive.
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I am definitely a hands on learner. Although its nice to read about what you are doing, I learn much better hands on.
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11. What do you think about HMO's and the changes taking place in medicine?
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I know that insurance will always be a struggle in the medical field. What will it pay for and what will I have to pay out of pocket? It is up to the dentist of the practice in deciding on what insurances the office accepts or not, but if we stress the need of oral health to our patients they should feel the need to regularly get their teeth checked. They will find a way to pay if it is important to them.
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12. What if you aren't accepted into Hygienist school?
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I will continue my job as a surgical assistant and will apply again for the following year!
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I would study no more.
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I will all I can to be accepted into Hygienist school because this is something I am extremely passionate about.
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I would be saddened but I would try again at the next possibility.
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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.
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13. What are your 2 greatest strengths?
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Thorough cleanings and a gentle touch.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I am persistent and work well under pressure.
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I dont have any strenghs.
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My drive to learn and my constant concern and care for others.
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Perfection and compassion.
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I am loyal and dedicated.
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Thoroughness and time management. An example of this is.......
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1) confidence 2) making clients feel comfortable and wanting to come back
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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
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cleaning teeth and customer relations
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I am a very logical thinker. I am also very hardworking. I stay until the job is done.
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14. How would you control the cost of healthcare?
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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.
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I would properly educate my patients on the proper oral care so they wouldn't have to come back for restirtions.
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Can save money by knnowing how to properly care for your oral health care.
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I would educate my patients so they would not need any restorations.
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15. How did you manage your time among school, work, and or other activities?
Top Answer
I am blessed to have a great family support system. I've been married for three years and my husband has given me an opportunity to make school my number one priority. Truthfully, I don't have many activities outside of school, family and work, which I will be resigning from the clinic next semester.
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Thankfully, my parents are very supportive of me and they let me make school my number one priority. They tell me not to work while im in school so besides school, I am always with my family and I love spending time with them.
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I have a weekly schedule that I follow and this routine allows me the ability to complete all of the tasks that I need to accomplish. There are a lot of tasks with a husband and 3 kids.
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I had to prioritize my time and I used my spare time to study and get caught up on work.
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5.
Prioritize.
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6.
I prioritized my time and took advantage of any and all free time to stay caught up on my work at school and work with my family.
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7.
My best friend while managing my time was my planner. I could not have stayed on top of everything if it weren't for that weekly planner. I wrote every thing that needed to get done in it and as soon as i finished that activity i would cross it off.
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8.
School and work always came first before other activities I am pretty good at multi-tasking.
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9.
Prioritize. If there was an assignment due for school, I would not go to my other plans until it was done. At lunch at work I would work on my homework, but If I was needed to stay late for a patient I would.
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16. What are the negative aspects of being a hygienist?
Top Answer
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.
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100%
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Second Best
I dont think there are any.
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67%
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3.
One of the few negative aspects of dental hygiene is that it is easy to develope back and neck pain.
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50%
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-33.3%
4.
Client not complaining with the recommendation to improve their oral health.
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5.
Communicable diseases.
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6.
Having uncompliant patients.
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7.
Being a dental hygienist can be taxing on the body; especially the neck and low back.
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8.
One negative aspect of being a Dental Hygienist is Communicable diseases.
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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.
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17. Will you keep a client, even if they had the worst hygiene imagineable?
Best Answer
Yes. These are the clients that need are help most. If the periodontal disease is above my level of expertise I may have them alternate between us and the periodontist but yes, these are the people that most need our help.
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2.
Yes they clearly need help and education about good dental hygiene.
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3.
YES! Everyone deserves the best oral care that can be provided, no matter how bad their teeth are. And if they do have bad oral hygiene, they need to be taught how to properly take care of their teeth.
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4.
Yes absolutely.
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5.
Yes, they are the people that need the help and education the most.
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18. What do you think you will dislike the most about being a hygienist?
Top Answer
may have nerve problem in hands, arms, and back in the future due to repititive hand work.
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100%
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Second Best
Honestly, not being able to control the cost of cleanings or the ability to financially work with low income patients.
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80%
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3.
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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50%
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-33.3%
4.
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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50%
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-33.3%
5.
Getting back achs and neck pain.
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0%
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-0%
6.
Physical pain.
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0%
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-0%
7.
Cleaning rooms.
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0%
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19. If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
Top Answer
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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Second Best
Take multiple years of Spanish.
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33%
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-25%
3.
I might have been a little more proactive when I was deciding upon schools and degrees while in highschool.
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4.
I would take spanish classes so I would not have to have a translator for my spanish speaking patients. That way I could better suit their needs.
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5.
I would have focused more on classes that were more difficult for me.
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6.
I wish I would have started school earlier. I feel as though I am alittle bit behind in my life plans because of returning to school later. But this also provides me with an advantage in knowing what I truly want to do and having work experience which provides me with more drive to reach my goals.
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7.
O I am quite happy with how it has worked out so far, but if I were to change anything I wish I would have believed in myself more in high school. I didnít think I could get through the chemistry part of the prerequisites, so I ended up taking a general first year in university rather than specifically the prerequisites for dental hygiene. I decided after my first year that I wanted to push through the chemistry and go for dental hygiene. If I had decided to go for it in the first place, I may have gotten the prerequisites done within my first year rather than in two.
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8.
If not a dental hygienist than something for sure relating to medical field.
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9.
I would have taken all my prerequisites all at rose before transferring to OU.
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10.
Pursue my bachelors in hygiene as soon as I finished the program.
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20. Why have you chosen to pursue this profession?
Top Answer
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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75%
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Second Best
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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75%
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-60%
3.
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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57%
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-50%
4.
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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50%
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-33.3%
5.
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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50%
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-33.3%
6.
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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50%
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-33.3%
7.
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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33%
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-25%
8.
Because I love to look after people and want to make a positive change in peoples life.
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0%
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9.
To help educate people about how to prevent their teeth from decay and disease. If I can create a trusting relationship with them, they are more likely to listen and follow through with oral hygiene instructions.
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-0%
10.
Because I love to help people and there I nothing more comforting than giving someone a confident smile.
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11.
The personal interaction with patients. Seems like a solid profession that allows for flexibility.
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-0%
21. When did you discover you want to be a hygienist?
Top Answer
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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100%
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-66.7%
Second Best
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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-50%
3.
I discovered i wanted to be a dental hygienist when i was in high school.
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50%
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4.
Upon speaking with my dental hygienist about how much she loves her job.
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0%
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5.
Freshman year of college.
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6.
While dental assisting I discovered that i have so much love for dentistry but was feeling very limited.
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0%
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7.
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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8.
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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9.
I do not believe I had this realization until I was about 17 years old.
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10.
During my nursing experience as I love the periodontal or restorative procedures which the dentists do.
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11.
I have always wanted to be in the medical field, but I never knew where I would fit it. When I was about 17 I asked my hygienist about her job and I liked the sound of it. She told me to become an assistant first and to see if I liked the dental field. Then told me to work alongside a hygienist to see how her job worked. I did both of those things and found my love for hygiene.
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12.
When I was a child and had to visit my dentist often.
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0%
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22. Favorite thing you observed or highlights of your observation experience?
Top Answer
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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100%
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-50%
Second Best
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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0%
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3.
My favorite aspect during my observation hours were the deep cleanings. It was an intense and impressive procedure.
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-0%
4.
Watching the patient's satisfaction after a service was the most enjoyable part of observing.
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5.
The highlight is that i get to ask questions, meet new people, and get to absorb everything.
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6.
When we found an absess in the xray of a patient that wouldn't have been detected otherwise.
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7.
I observed in a pedo office and it was amazing how she talked to the kids and educated them as she was scaling or cleaning their teeth. She would talk to them in a way that best fit them and their age group so they could best understand.
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0%
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8.
My favourite thing I observed was seeing the difference of a patient walking in, in a state, but walking out absolutely over the moon and have even been in tears before. The feeling you get when you have done that patient proud, have helped them immensely and their thankfulness to me is just lovely. Really makes you feel good and appreciated, exactly why you do the job!
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0%
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-0%
23. What exposures have you had to the dental industry?
Top Answer
I took a summer internship with my family dentist after graduating high school and assisted the doctor with routine check ups, cleanings, root canals, and fillings. Also, I worked with a dental hygieniest this past winter at mission grove dentistry and learned the proper ways to measure teeth, detect dental caries, gingivititis and periodontial diseases.
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100%
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-50%
Second Best
I had a shadowing experience my senior year of high school and I was able to ask the hygienist questions and watch her go through her daily routene.
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100%
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-50%
3.
I have worked as a dental assistant for almost 5 years after graduating college, I have volunteered at the dental clinic in town and I have helped organize and participated in two dental/medical missions trips, one to Kenya and one to Chile.
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100%
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4.
The dental industry has been a part of my life since I can remember. My grandpa was a respected dentist in Independence for years and my aunt was a dental hygienist before she had children, actually a former graduate from this program. I have shadowed at a few different dental offices and had extensive conversations with my dentist about the dental field.
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5.
No.
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6.
I have worked at as a surgical assistant for an oral surgeon for almost a year now, I have received by dental x-ray license, and have done 20 hours of shadowing in a dentists office.
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0%
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7.
Assisting in sedations, dental cases with general anesthesia at the hospital, internship at an office, dental assisting school, working alongside a hygienist.
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24. How would you describe your overall academic performance?
Top Answer
I would say i have been successful at some things and others things i've had to try things and work things out.
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Second Best
Im am strongly dedicated to my education. With difficult classes I studied longer to get where I needed to be.
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100%
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3.
I have really gotten into the school groove since my second semester of college. High school i noticed did not prepare me for college so my first semester I struggled. However, ever since then I have become very stable with my academics and it has became my top priority.
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4.
Overall I'm pleased with my academic performance. There are a few classes that I think I could have pulled an A in if I had pushed myself harder but for the most part I'm proud of how I've done.
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-33.3%
5.
Impressive.
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6.
Outstanding.
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7.
I graduate from high school with gpa 4.0.
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8.
I was an excellent student, but remembered to relax at the same time.
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9.
I would say I a good student. In some classes I could have done better had I pushed my self a little harder, but I always had high aspirations for myself.
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10.
I believe I worked tremendously hard to attain a 3.9 GPA. I set goals and achieved them.
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11.
I think I have done well with my academics. I have put forth all my effort into earning the grades I have received.
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-0%
25. Are you involved in any pre-dental groups?
Top Answer
Apart from working at a Pediatric Dental office for 19 months, I have not been involved in any other pre dental groups.
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100%
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Second Best
I am a dental assistant.
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0%
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3.
I plan to be involved in the club this year as well as continue my obsevation.
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0%
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4.
I have been volunteering with a non profit organization that goes around to local elementary schools and provides kids with free dental care who are not able to afford it. Aside from that and doing dental office observations, I am not involved in any pre-dental groups
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0%
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5.
I am not involved in any groups per say but I have been shadowing at various dental offices and I am in an intro course to get further information on the profession.
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0%
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-0%
6.
I have worked as a dental assistant for over four years but other than that, no.
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0%
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7.
I work for a dentist, but thats about it. I would be highly interested in a pre-dental group though.
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