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 prescribed radiographs, dental sealants, administration of fluoride, and providing instructions for proper oral hygiene and care.Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_hygienist Last Updated: February 26, 2014, 9:55 pm
Dental hygienists typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene are also available, but are less common. A bachelor's or master's degree is usually required for research, teaching, or clinical practice in public or school health programs.
Almost all dental hygienists work in dentists’ offices. They work closely with dentists and dental assistants. Dental hygienists wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. When taking x rays, they follow strict procedures to protect themselves and patients. They may spend long periods bending over to work on patients.
The hours are very flexible, you get to improve the oral health of other, and it is such a rewarding career
dental hygienists get to work with different kinds of people with different needs. Therefore every patient they see will be their learning experience.
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.
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.
Improving the dental health and opinions of a patient.
Being able to help people recognize how important their oral health is and always have a beautiful smile.
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!