Dental Hygienist
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What hobbies do you have that require hand skills?
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1. What hobbies do you have that require hand skills?
Top Answer
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
Second Best
I paint and draw and have obtained a degree in dental technology last year which requires excellent dexterity skills.
3.
Crafts - Made my own mukluks including beading. Nails - nail art, complicated small designs that take a lot of patience and a steady hand. Cooking.
4.
I like to paint, draw and do anything artistic and constructive
5.
I enjoy knitting and crocheting. I have also spent some time learning the violin.
6.
I do alot of cake decorating and i use my hands a lot.
7.
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.
2. What if you aren't accepted into Hygienist school?
Top Answer
I would be saddened but I would try again at the next possibility.
Second Best
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.
3.
I will continue my job as a surgical assistant and will apply again for the following year!
4.
I would study no more.
5.
I will all I can to be accepted into Hygienist school because this is something I am extremely passionate about.
6.
If I am not accepted into Hygienist school I will try again at the next possible chance.
3. Do you enjoy working with your hands?
Top Answer
I enjoy working with my hands. It is one of the ways that I learn
Second Best
Yes, i find it very rewarding.
3.
Yes, very much so.
4.
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.
5.
Yes. I enjoy the fine motor skills.
6.
Yes, I do. I love to cook for my family so I am constantly working with my hands.
7.
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.
4. How did you manage your time among school, work, and or other activities?
Top Answer
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.
Second Best
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.
3.
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.
4.
I had to prioritize my time and I used my spare time to study and get caught up on work.
5.
Prioritize.
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.
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.
5. Will you keep a client, even if they had the worst hygiene imagineable?
Best Answer
Yes absolutely.
2.
Yes, they are the people that need the help and education the most.
3.
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.
4.
Yes they clearly need help and education about good dental hygiene.
5.
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.
6. Why do you want to be a dental hygienist?
Top Answer
To help educate people about prevention of decay and disease of their teeth.
Second Best
Its the next step to take in my career.
3.
I am seen my family suffer from not taking good care of their dental health. I would love to help them and my community to be aware of the various issues that lead to dental problems.
4.
I know how important oral hygiene is but I also know that is is not considered that important by most individuals. I see how oral hygiene affects the big picture. It can be so simple an yet individuals neglect their mouths. I want to educate individuals on the proper ways to care for their mouths.
5.
An interest in biological science, helping people, and personal hygiene.
6.
I want to help educate others on why its so important to take care of your oral health. People do not understand how important your teeth are!
7. How would you rate your previous college education?
Top Answer
From a scale from one to ten i would say an eight.
Second Best
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.
3.
my previous college, are alright to a certain extent but it would be best if i attained better grades
4.
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.
5.
My previous education was at Dental school , this helped me to understand and communicate with people from different socio economic background & different cultures.
6.
I went to school at NTC in Wausau, and I have to say that it was quite challenging. The program is very rigorous, but I am grateful for that because it has helped shaped me into the great hygienist I am today.
8. If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
Top Answer
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.
Second Best
If not a dental hygienist than something for sure relating to medical field.
3.
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
4.
Take multiple years of Spanish.
5.
I might have been a little more proactive when I was deciding upon schools and degrees while in highschool.
6.
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.
7.
I would have focused more on classes that were more difficult for me.
9. 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.
Second Best
Honestly, not being able to control the cost of cleanings or the ability to financially work with low income patients.
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.
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.
5.
Getting back achs and neck pain.
6.
Physical pain.
7.
Cleaning rooms.
10. Why have you chosen to pursue this profession?
Top Answer
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.
Second Best
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
11. When did you discover you want to be a hygienist?
Top Answer
I discovered i wanted to be a dental hygienist when i was in high school.
Second Best
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.
3.
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.
4.
Upon speaking with my dental hygienist about how much she loves her job.
5.
Freshman year of college.
6.
While dental assisting I discovered that i have so much love for dentistry but was feeling very limited.
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.
12. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good hygienist?
Top Answer
Manual dexterity, an at ease personality, being personable.
Second Best
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.
3.
Patience, outgoing, personable, good team work, responsible, organized, helpful, caring.
4.
Thouroughness, dedication, approachability.
5.
Patient care. Performing good clinical skills while keeping the patient comfortable.
6.
Knowledgeable, caring, patient, understanding, ethical.
7.
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.
13. 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.
Second Best
Im am strongly dedicated to my education. With difficult classes I studied longer to get where I needed to be.
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.
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.
5.
Impressive.
6.
Outstanding.
7.
I graduate from high school with gpa 4.0.
14. 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.
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.
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.
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.
5.
No.
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.
7.
Assisting in sedations, dental cases with general anesthesia at the hospital, internship at an office, dental assisting school, working alongside a hygienist.
15. What are your 2 weakest points?
Top Answer
I can be a perfectionist at times and tend to check my work to reassure myself that everything was completed correctly.
Second Best
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.
3.
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.
4.
Perfectionist!
5.
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.
6.
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.
7.
Compassionate and empatheyic to others.
16. 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.
Second Best
I am a dental assistant.
3.
I plan to be involved in the club this year as well as continue my obsevation.
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
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.
6.
I have worked as a dental assistant for over four years but other than that, no.
7.
I work for a dentist, but thats about it. I would be highly interested in a pre-dental group though.
17. 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.
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!
3.
My favorite aspect during my observation hours were the deep cleanings. It was an intense and impressive procedure.
4.
Watching the patient's satisfaction after a service was the most enjoyable part of observing.
5.
The highlight is that i get to ask questions, meet new people, and get to absorb everything.
6.
When we found an absess in the xray of a patient that wouldn't have been detected otherwise.
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.
18. If you are stressed, what signs occur and what do you do about it?
Top Answer
I deal with stress very well.
Second Best
Sleep deprived and seek advice.
3.
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.
4.
if i am stressed i get quiet. and i like discussing my probelems with my husband.
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.
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.
7.
I panic a little and I cry!
19. Describe the people you find most difficult to work with.
Top Answer
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.
Second Best
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.
3.
I dont have difficulty working with anyone. I am very adaptable
4.
Just someone who is not a team player. If they are not willing to work together to get a job done I find it difficult to work alongside them.
5.
The people I find most difficult to work with are the ones who do not show good team work skills.
6.
Hardly any... I can relate to and work with most everyone.
7.
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!
20. What are the negative aspects of being a hygienist?
Top Answer
Having uncompliant patients.
Second Best
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.
3.
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.
4.
One of the few negative aspects of dental hygiene is that it is easy to develope back and neck pain.
5.
I dont think there are any.
6.
Client not complaining with the recommendation to improve their oral health.
7.
Communicable diseases.
21. Describe the people you work with best.
Top Answer
Someone that has high work ethics like I do, someone that is willing to cooperate and lend a helping hand if needed.
Second Best
There is no one type of person I work with better than the next. I am friendly and outgoing and work well and get along with pretty much everyone. I can be a leader or a follower if necessary. I enjoy working with people that are easy going.
3.
I enjoy a variety of people to work with.
4.
I enjoy being around upbeat, happy people.
5.
Non-dramatic.
6.
People who are fun and energetic and really love their job. People who know what they are doing and are well educated about the career.
22. Describe your work ethic.
Top Answer
My work ethic is strong. I feel it is important to use evidence based knowledge when working with patients. I also view my time at work as working time, I am more than happy to help out others during down time.
Second Best
My work ethic is to practice using evidence based information in a preventive manner and always have the clients best interests at heart
3.
I have a very strong work ethic. I am not the kind of employee that will be using my phone during my shift. If a patient cancles at the last minute I will make sure I continure to work by helping in sterilization or by auditing the charts.
4.
My work ethic is very percise. I love to be organized and have everything in it's place before I can start my work. Being organized sets the mood for me for the entire day.
5.
I would say i've very driven, competitive.
6.
I work extremely hard in everything I do. I work as a team player and try to help out in any situation possible.
7.
My work ethic is to always put the customer or patient first. Whatever you can do to make them as comfortable as possible!
23. A patient has AIDs, would you still treat them as a hygienist?
Top Answer
yes..not everyone's truthful about their medical health so you treat everyone the same ie that includes those with AIDS
Second Best
if a patient has AIDS i will still treat them as a hygienist because that is part of my job discription. i am in no position to discrimant agianst anyont because of their condition or background. i would make it my duty to perform the job careful and cautiously.
3.
Thankfully in todays world of Denistry and the general medical world, each individual who is exposed to any type of open wounds or blood exposure has the propper equipment to keep them safe. with the propper PPE no hygienist should ever be exposed to AIDs or any other disease. With this being said, the answer is yes, you should treat every patient as if they have AIDs so you keep yourself protected and the patient protected.
4.
I see no reason why a patient with AIDs, in the right environment, and with the dental hygienist taking proper safety precautions, should not be treated.
5.
Yes, as long as I use the appropriate barriers (gloves, mask, eye protection) then there should not be any concerns.
6.
Yes! everyone should be treated equally.
7.
Yes of course, in a profession like this everyone is treated the same. In Dental assisting class I was taught to always treat each patient as they carry a deadly disease regardless of their health history. Therefore universal precautions should be used. As a hygienist I will never discriminate against anyone because of their health history or their background.
24. 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.
Second Best
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.
3.
Having a baby while studying.
4.
Being focused enough to continue with my degree instead of entering the work force after two years once becoming an hygienist.
5.
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.
6.
Juggling being a mom and student.
7.
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.
25. What type of learner are you?
Top Answer
visual and hands on
Second Best
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.
3.
Visual.
4.
Hands on learner.
5.
I'm a visual learner, I like to supplement readings and lectures with pictures and models when I can.
6.
visual
7.
Hands on.
26. Do you have any sales experience?
Top Answer
Yes, I have been in the banking industry for several years and my main roles are sales based. I constantly make sure customers are getting the best out of thier accounts by taking advantage of all the products and services we offer to make thier banking experience positive.
Second Best
none at this time
3.
No.
4.
Yes, when I was in high school, I worked as a sales representative and Aeropostale. Even though it is a clothing store, it gave me sales experience and they showed me how to sell products.
5.
No, I dont have very much sales experience. Although, I did have to try to sell Family Tree Maker while working for an inbound call center.
6.
I have worked a retail job before, and my job was to try to sell people merchandise without being too pushy.
27. 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!.
Second Best
No, If I were I would go to dental school.
3.
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.
4.
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!
5.
Possibly but it depends on where I am at as far as my personal life goes.
6.
I've thought about it but i dont think i would enjoy being a dentist as much as i enjoy being a dental hygienist.
7.
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.
28. Are you aware of the multifaceted nature of Dentistry?
Best Answer
As in the very many avenues such as orthodontics periodontics, and endodontics?
2.
Yes, ofcourse and I have been Lucky to be a part of Clinics where they have been doing different treatments and dealing with different clientel.
3.
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.
4.
No, can you please tell me more?
5.
I have been part of different Clinic and seen and do e different aspects in dental treatments.
29. 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.
Second Best
I enjoy the contact with patients.
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.
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.
5.
I enjoy making people smile everyday, and making them feel good about their teeth.
6.
I love seeing the teeth become clean, especially when you can see the calculus being removed.
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.
30. Do you think you would learn well in a small-group setting? Explain.
Top Answer
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.
Second Best
it depends..when it comes to learning its my effort that makes me learn better..size should not matter
3.
Personal feedback and independant attention is an advantage in a learning environment, but an advanced scholar is able to learn in any situation.
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.
5.
Yes because theres less people and I could of more things to plan.
6.
Yes, less people, more attention to each person.
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.
31. What are your 2 greatest strengths?
Top Answer
Thorough cleanings and a gentle touch.
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.
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.
4.
I am persistent and work well under pressure.
5.
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.
6.
I dont have any strenghs.
7.
My drive to learn and my constant concern and care for others.
32. What will you do if you have a client that refuses to floss or take care of their teeth?
Top Answer
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.
Second Best
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!
3.
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
4.
I would recommend a different oral hygiene aids over the course of time such as interproximal brushes,t
5.
Discuss the systemic outcome and other interproximal devices.
6.
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.
7.
I would help him to recognize the systemic consequences due to his lack of care. Put the responsibility back on the patient.
33. What do you think about HMO's and the changes taking place in medicine?
Best Answer
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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34. What do you think you will most like about being a hygienist?
Top Answer
Knowing how important oral hygiene is, I think I will most enjoy being able to help my patients achieve complete oral health and being able to watch them progress. It will a very satisfying feeling to know that you have been able to educate them and get them to a healthy state which will make them happy.
Second Best
What i would like most about being a dental hygieniest is having that passion to help patients achieve optimum oral health that can help maintain healthy life styles. it would be a truely rewarding experience to help my patients get that boost of confidence with a healthy smile.
3.
Becoming a hygienist has many outstanding benifits; it is haard to narrow down just one, but having the opportunity to meet people daily, and not becoming just their hygienist, but becoming someone that they trust, as well as a friend to your patients; giving patients something to look forward to, instead of dreading. I know i have what it takes to be that friendly hygienist.
4.
will be able to educate and help people when they are in pain, and help them lead a healthy life.
5.
What I like most about being a dental hygienist is being to meet new people. Also being able to see the how important it is for people to manage to care about their teeth.
6.
I will like helping my patients the most. I want to make people feel confident about their smile and I want to let them know how important a healthy smile is to their overall health.
7.
What I will like most about being a dental hygienist is taking a physical problem (plaque filled teeth or calculus build up), using my hands to solve the problem (cleaning the teeth), and being able to see what I have accomplished when I've finished. This is very satisfying for me, especially knowing that I am helping a person with their health.
35. Describe how and where you study best.
Best Answer
I study best by going to the library and researching each quiestion.
2.
I study best in quite places. Most of the time i escape to the library
3.
I need to study in a quiet setting. I love going to my local library. It is always so quiet in there and when it is quiet, that is when I can concentrate and focus. I am a hands on learner so any educational games on science websites help me memorize and learn things for science classes. Flashcards work as well, and repetative writing helps me as well.
4.
I study best with music or somewhere quiet.
5.
I study best in a quiet place with no distractions, like the library. Repetition of note cards and flash cards help me to remember best.
36. If dentistry didn't exist, what would you do?
Top Answer
If dentistry did not exist, I would still pursue a career somewhere in the medical field. I was born to make people smile and take care of them, and if I was not able to care for their teeth, I would care for them in other ways by either being a nurse or maybe a radiologist.
Second Best
If dentistry didn't exist i would still want to do somethng in the medical field affiliated with cosmetology. ive always had a passion for working with my hands and if dentistry didnt exist i would probably be a cosmetic plastic surgeon.
3.
Make sure i take care of my teth.
4.
Work in the health field still. Probably in community health- promoting healthy lifestyles and educating the public
5.
I would work in agriculture.
6.
I would study something in the medical field like nursing.
7.
I would still work somewhere in the medical field because I like helping other and I love science.
37. Are you prepared for the heavy course load an RDH title demands?
Top Answer
Yes, I am.
Second Best
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.
3.
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.
4.
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.
5.
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.
6.
Yes, I set high standards for myself and i try my hardest in everything I do.
7.
Yes am looking forward to the challenge.
38. A dental practice, acts like a business, do you have any business experience?
Top Answer
I have been the Administrative Assistant for a non-profit dental clinic for the past two years. I have trained new employees and new volunteers for the clinic and established projects that utilize their time wisely. I have effectively come up with new solutions like implementing EMR for the nurse triage. Throughout the course of these two years I have handled conflicts with patients and resolved them in a diplomatic manner.
Second Best
No, i dont.
3.
No, i dont.
4.
I am currently taking business classes. I hope to emphasize in business.
5.
Selling dentistry.
6.
No, i dont.
7.
Yes. I have been working in McDonalds for one year.
39. Are you aware of options in the profession?
Best Answer
Reseaechers, educators.
2.
Yes. I can go into education, research, travel to northern remote communities and I can also work in an ortho, private or public work setting.
3.
Yes, I am aware that there is a master's program.
4.
Yes, you can work in private practices, clinics, hospitals, vets, or even as educators.
40. 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.
Second Best
Yes. At the moment the economy has cut down on dental patients and is hard for small businesses to function.
3.
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.
4.
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.
5.
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.
6.
None that I am familiar with right now, but im sure there are always issues with insurance companies and funds.
7.
Getting the general population into the dentists office and keeping their appointments.
41. What has been the highlight of your academic years?
Top Answer
I can think of a few really tough semesters where I was taking many difficult classes and working. In the beginning it looked like too much for me to handle but I worked hard, stayed focused, and took advantage of various resources such as study groups and instructors and I was able to succeed in all my courses. It was hard work but it payed off and was very rewarding.
Second Best
I would have to say the highlight of my academic years was being able to work hands on with various patients and learn through doing so.
3.
After my second semester here I had attempted that largest class load I've ever tried to take on before. It was hard work and a lot of sacrifices but at the end of the semester I had an A in every class and had made the Dean's list. It was a huge personal accomplishment to know I had taken on so much, done my best and the hard work had paid off.
4.
ghlight of my academic career was recieving the Excelence award from the state ADHA chapter at the yearly meeting. I felt that my hard work and professionalism hadn't gone unnoticed, and helped me feel confident in my work.
5.
The highlight of my academic years would be maintaining a 3.5 or higher in college.
6.
Working and educating the public was always something I was good at. By being able to become a DH, I will be able to work and educate the public on how important it is to keep the oral cavity clean.
7.
Learning about the human body and the satisfaction of people answering me questions and being able to answer them. I love knowing that my education meant something to my life. I have been able to.
42. What do you know about dental hygienist?
Top Answer
First line of defense to obtaining optimal oral health and overall health.
Second Best
Someone that specializes in preventive oral health and teaches patients on good oral hygiene.
3.
I know that dental hygienists clean teeth and educate you on how to keep a great smile.
4.
Dental hygienist is something I always wanted to do. dental hygienst help out the doctors and clean teeth.
5.
The first line of defence of maintaining good orla health as well as good overall health.
6.
I know that they clean the teeth and search and discuss for any problems the patient might have. They also take x-rays.
7.
I know that they are there to educate patients about prevention and apply preventive materials to their teeth. They remove calculus and plaque from the teeth and discus oral hygiene and nutrition.
43. How will you pay for hygienist school?
Best Answer
I have been lucky enough to have parents that have offered to pay for my first degree in school. I have also been working since I was 15 and have been saving up money so I can help out with all that I can.
2.
I'm very thankful that my parents have agreed to pay for my college.
3.
After i finished with my dental school program. I will try to work hard to pay for my dept.
4.
I will take out a student loan and my husband will help me with the rest.
5.
Loans and parents and savings.
44. Discuss a dental ethics issue.
Top Answer
not to share patients information with other patients.
Second Best
I think a major ethics issue in the dental field is to not share any information about any of your other patients to people not apart of your workspace.
3.
Confidentiality is a huge ethics issue among others in dentistry. I find it extremely important for the dental hygienist to recognize this and re-enterate consistantly with the patient. It is our duty as healthcare providers to attain the the mutual agreement between us and the patient. Anything that I or the patient discusses is exclusively private, unless given consent. Many people have refrained from healthcare in fear of this privacy getting invaded, it is up to us to show them this is not the case.
4.
Patient information confidentiality such as keeping information on computers away from patients or any visitors to the surgery by password entry, letters to be kept away and locked in a cabinet, patients information or names must never be discussed outside of work, or whilst patients or visitors are around.
5.
Patients not understanding what treatment is needing to be done or that is being done, without having the knowledge of making an educated descision based on the information given to go forth with a dental procedure.
6.
If a patient will not listen, get to what matters most to them so they can be at their best attention and understanding.
45. What would your last employer say about you?
Top Answer
I'm a hard worker.
Second Best
I believe they would say I am a hard worker, I care alot about what I do. I put my all into everything I do.
3.
My last employer would say I am a hard worker, dedicated to the job, and that I create a relaxing easy going atmosphere.
4.
They would say that I am a very hard worker and a fast learner.
5.
They would say that I am very hard working. If there is something to be done I will do it.
6.
My last employer would say that I was a great employee I was never late, always showed up to work with a smile and really enjoyed being there
7.
That I am a hard, dedicated worker with a love for helping people. He would say that I am open to learning new things and that I do what I can to take care of the patients.
46. Describe to me the dental practice you observed.
Top Answer
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.
Second Best
I observed the dental hygienist doing fluoride and deep cleaning.
3.
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.
4.
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.
5.
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.
6.
I have not official observed any dental professionals. The only true experience I have is the experiences I have had while in the chair.
7.
It was a fast paced pedo office. They saw every kind of kid. Some with special needs, some into college, and some that have not even started school. They were able to accommodate every patients needs.
47. Any leadership roles in pre-dental groups?
Best Answer
I currently work at a dentist office, just doing filing work, learning when i am abl.. and i have job shadowed at my local dentist office
2.
The only dental experience i have ever had was sinply job shadowing my dental hygienist in grade ten. It was a fun experience and other than that i have not had any dental experience leadership roles.
3.
I am a co-team clinical leader as an assistant in my current office.
48. Do you feel that the government should be involved with mandating insurance? Subsidizing insurance?
Best Answer
This is a touchy subject for most people. Some people feel like it should be left to the individual to find insurance, some feel entitled to the fact that the employer should provide the insurance, and some feel like it's the government's duty. I see pros and cons for all three situations. I personally feel like its either the governments or the individuals' job, not the employer. From what I know about government-run health care programs like in
2.
Not sure how i really feel about that.
3.
The government should not mandate insurance because it is the people decision on whether or not to have it.
49. Do you have any experiences volunteering in such underserved areas?
Best Answer
No but i would love to particate in one.
2.
Upon graduating from a dental hygiene program and gaining experience in the work field I plan to join the peace corps and volunteer my time.
3.
Not as of now, but during breaks at school I plan to get in contact with the Department of Human Health, and participate in such.
4.
Personally I don't. This is just another reason why pursuing a career in DH will be very rewarding to me.
5.
No, but I would love to get involved with a dental charity and do what I could to help serve.
50. Will you worry about any infections while performing work with patients?
Top Answer
Yes i'll practice universal percaustions.
Second Best
No because I know how to keep myself and others safe from infection by the standard disinfecting and bio safety techniques.
3.
Always practice universal precautions.
4.
There is always a slight risk in a dental cleaning, because it is a slightly invasive procedure. However, it is important to evaluate the patients contributing risks, such as pocket depths, medications, and immunodeficiencies.
5.
Of coarse. That is normal to worry. That means you will be careful while treating every patient as if they have a disease.
6.
No because I will make sure instruments are sterilized and that I will practice work in a clean environment that is safe for my patients and myself.
Dental Hygienist
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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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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.

Dental Hygienist Reviews

Aug 24, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
When I was a kid I saw people not practising good Oral hygiene practises , many of them suffered from oral diseases.
Aug 27, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I love to work with people, and I have also always known that I wanted to work in a healthcare field. I am also very detail oriented and am not afraid to get dirty.
What do you enjoy about being a Dental Hygienist?
Helping people. Educating my Patients and knowing that I am making a difference in their life. I like when patients take something I teach them during patient education and use it and actually see results.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
Right now I work from 7 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday. I also help a family friend by nannying for their son. I help them out from 3 to 7pm, Monday through Friday.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as a Dental Hygienist?
I have already received the benefits list from HR. I do not currently have health/dental insurances through my job, so I am excited about that.
What are some of your most memorable experiences as a Dental Hygienist?
I love treating elderly patients. They are usually so sweet. I also like when I get the opportunity to treat a patient, usually a child, who has never been to a dental office before. It feels good to know I can provide them with a good experience so that they hopefully wont be apprehensive or anxious about dental visits in the future.
How often did you work in teams as a Dental Hygienist?
Always!! Even though we each do our own part it all ties together and we need to be able to successfully work together.
Sep 4, 2014
What do you enjoy about being a Dental Hygienist?
I love working with people and knowing that I am helping them feel confident and healthy.
What areas do you dislike about being a Dental Hygienist?
The only dislike I can think of is the potential strain on our bodies. I have always been into fitness and yoga so I am hopeful that I can combat this from happening by staying fit and maintaining proper ergonomics while working.
What special skills does it take to be a Dental Hygienist?
I have always knitted and crocheted. This practice allowed me to have great dexterity and it really showed in school. I also and very friendly and can usually relate to anyone at some level which makes my patients feel comfortable with me.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part is only being able to have a short amount of time with my patients. There is so much that I can and want to educate them on but just doing a little at each appointment really does help them in the long run.
Sep 14, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I was a dental nurse, and I liked the independency the patient contact and a hygienist rol in a entail practice.
What do you enjoy about being a Dental Hygienist?
I like to see the results when I for example have started a periodontal treatment, when patients are happy about the work.
What areas do you dislike about being a Dental Hygienist?
There no areas that I dislike as such but I would say that I enjoy more when I work with adults than children.
Sep 18, 2014
What areas do you dislike about being a Dental Hygienist?
Yes I do, I am very hands on person, very detailed oriented.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
Yes I do, I am very hands on person, very detailed oriented.

Dental Hygienist Pros

Pro #1:
The hours are very flexible, you get to improve the oral health of other, and it is such a rewarding career
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #2:
dental hygienists get to work with different kinds of people with different needs. Therefore every patient they see will be their learning experience.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #3:
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.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #4:
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.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #5:
Improving the dental health and opinions of a patient.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #6:
Being able to help people recognize how important their oral health is and always have a beautiful smile.
Jan 1, 1970
Pro #7:
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!
Jan 1, 1970