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Top 25 Dental Hygienist Interview Questions

What is your experience working with children?
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Question 2 of 25
What is the most challenging aspect of this role for you?
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"Since this job is so physical, days where I see a high volume of patients is difficult. I'm careful of my hands and wrists to make sure I don't injure myself over time. I am very healthy, practice yoga and do a lot of stretching."
When addressing challenges, talk about how you can overcome them. Better yet, talk about how you anticipate problems and strive to prevent them. Working on your feet, and with your hands, all day can be taxing. Being in a customer-facing role is also challenging. Presenting measures to combat these types of challenges shows you are proactive, so take this as an opportunity to show your strengths in the face of challenges.
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"I believe the most challenging aspect of this role will be to remember all of the medical language associated with the role of a dental hygienist. I am taking control of this by studying a couple of hours per night."
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"The most challenging aspect of this role is keeping up with the changing policies when it comes to medical practices. I ensure to take additional coursework whenever possible. I am also part of a couple of dental hygienist groups that get together quarterly to network and discuss changes in the industry."
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Question 3 of 25
If you are stressed, what signs occur and what do you do about it?
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"I enjoy working in the fast-paced environment of a dental clinic, but it can be stressful to keep the pace. I have noticed that when I get too wrapped up in going through the motions with each patient without taking a break I can feel my heart rate go up and I feel anxious. At this point, I know I need to take a step back and go outside for some fresh air. Since I've learned my limitations, I am getting better at communicating with my team when I need a minute to recoup."
This question is meant to check your self-awareness. Do you realize when you are stressed? What stresses you out the most? Respond in a way that shows your understanding of stress and how it affects you. Be careful to reveal that you cannot handle stress. You absolutely can. Sharing a weak moment doesn't show you are weak. It shows that you are human and affected by stress just like everyone else. Focus more on how you cope with stress than how stressed out you get. Knowing your triggers is key!
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"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."
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"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
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Question 4 of 25
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good hygienist?
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"I feel that a dental hygienist should have great people skills, be organized, and always have an eye on safety. I plan to bring these skills, and more, to my role here."
Think about your daily responsibilities. If you are new to the profession, think about what you can anticipate based on your observations. What type of personality does it take, to be a successful dental hygienist, and which of your strengths make you most effective at your job?
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"Some essential qualities of an excellent hygienist: - Enthusiastic attitude - Detail-oriented - Patient - Energetic - Attentive - Friendly - Knowledgeable - Professional"
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"I have learned over the last few years as a dental hygienist that the most important qualities of a good dental hygienist are to be friendly, empathetic, and attentive to your patients' needs. When my patients feel comfortable, they want to come back, and that's how strong business is built."
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Question 5 of 25
What do you like most about being a Dental Hygienist?
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Question 6 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 7 of 25
How would you handle a situation where the patient was not satisfied?
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Question 8 of 25
What experience do you have performing tasks outside of your role as a hygienist?
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Question 9 of 25
How have your previous dental visits influenced you as a hygienist?
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Question 10 of 25
How do you feel about educating patients on proper oral care?
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Question 11 of 25
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
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Question 12 of 25
What is a major ethical issue facing dentistry today?
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Question 13 of 25
Why should we hire you as our next dental hygienist?
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Question 14 of 25
Which do you recommend to patients, water flossing vs string flossing?
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Question 15 of 25
How do you handle a patient who is scared or uncomfortable?
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Question 16 of 25
Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was not your fault, to protect a co-worker?
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Question 17 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Question 18 of 25
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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Question 19 of 25
How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?
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Question 20 of 25
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
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Question 21 of 25
How would you describe your work ethic?
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Question 22 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 23 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 24 of 25
How many years experience do you have as a dental hygienist?
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Question 25 of 25
What is your current salary?
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Question 1 of 25
What is your experience working with children?
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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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Interactive, obsessive.
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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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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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I am a hands on learner. I feel that if I can work with my hands and see the material it is more beneficial for my memorization.
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I would say I am a mixture of a visual and hands-on learner. Its important to be able to not only observe what is being performed, but also to try it for yourself and be able to ask questions along the way.
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I am definitely a bodily-kinesthetic and visual learner. I like a hands-on approach to learning and love to learn new things. Dental hygiene is very hands on and I know I would benefit in this area of health.
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I learn best hands on, like actually performing the things we learn about and seeing it in person, but I also learn from hearing it in class and having a teacher explain it.
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My learning style leans more to a hands-on learning style, as well as visual learning.
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Kinaesthetic good listener, picks easily, analytical.
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I am more of a visual learner. I love watch thing being put together. And learning at the same time.
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Visual learner and pick up things fast.
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I am a very hands on and visual learner. I catch on to things really quick if I am observing, or even if im learning something new and im writing everything down it helps me out a lot to remember and grasp it quicker.
Question 2 of 25
What is the most challenging aspect of this role for you?
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May have nerve problem in hands, arms, and back in the future due to repititive hand work.
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Getting back achs and neck pain.
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Honestly, not being able to control the cost of cleanings or the ability to financially work with low income patients.
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I cant think of anyhting I would dislike. There are many reasons I wanted to become a hygienist. I care for pateints and I love my job. I know I am going to have difficult days but I think I am prepared for it.
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Seeing patients with oral cavity problems beyond fixing hygienically which could have been prevented earlier by someone like myself with a proper hygiene advice.
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I think I will dislike coworkers who are difficult to work with and patients that think they know more about everything.
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I would probably dislike the most about being a hygienist the risk of communicable disease attached to this job, but if infection control is maintained at all times I dont see it being a huge problem at all.
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I do not think there is anything I will dislike.
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I do not think there is anything I would dislike because in this field we help people.
10.
I love everything about hygiene. I am a very lucky to be one of the few people in this world to love their job. But if I had to choose something I would have to say the baggy scrubs. But even that I just get them tailored haha.
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Most likely the sense of not being able to help people when their cases are severe and need to be referred to a specialist. I dislike being helpless.
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Honestly, I can't think of anything.
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Problems with my hands due to too much hand work. In the other hand I would enjoy it a lot.
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I will dislike tough patients the most. It's not the hard work that I'm worried about, it's more of the people who I will encounter while on the job because I don't like feeling inadequate, and there are some people who you just can't please.
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Ive heard its tought in terma of physical activities.
Question 3 of 25
If you are stressed, what signs occur and what do you do about it?
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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 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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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.
11.
Probably a bit of frowning unknowingly. I try to be thankful that I even have a job.
12.
I like to play sports, like volley ball, baseball and basketball.
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When I am stressed, I do tend to be short with others. I have learned from the stress management class I took in college how to deal with my stress reactions by meditating, working out, and going through the stress process (life, percieved threat, hippocampus, etc) and deciding if the stressor is worth worrying about.
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I start to get nervous and second guess myself. I usually try to make myself go with my first instinct and reassure myself that everything will work out.
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I manage stress well. My stress is not visible as I overcome it quite fast.
Question 4 of 25
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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Thouroughness, dedication, approachability.
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Patient care. Performing good clinical skills while keeping the patient comfortable.
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Knowledgeable, caring, patient, understanding, ethical.
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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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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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I feel its very important to be able to establish a good rapport with every patient. If the patient has fears or is apprehensive about recieving dental treatment its important to be able to show empathy and gain their trust.
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I feel like a good hygienist needs to be educated, friendly, caring, professional while being charismatic, and calm.
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Friendly, patient, empathetic, understanding, and good listening skills.
Question 5 of 25
What do you like most about being a Dental Hygienist?
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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.
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Will be able to educate and help people when they are in pain, and help them lead a healthy life.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The thing that I most like about hygiene is I get to work with patient's and helping maintain a good oral health style.
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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.
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I would enjoy the intricate work of cleaning teeth, the attention to detail and cleanliness. I enjoy creating lasting relationships built on trust, which I would initiate by calming fears and showing a genuine interest in the health of their teeth.
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Knowing your good at what you do, and having the same people come back to you for years. I would love to see the familiar faces as well as new faces that may have been advised to come. Making that connection with people in an environment that you feel comfortable in doing would be very rewarding.
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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.
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I think I will like taking care of the patients and creating relationships with them.
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I think I would being around people and interacting with people all day the most. Also, I would like helping people better their self confidence through their smile and oral hygiene.
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I will like working with all of the different people. There are so many different personalities out there, and I will learn to adjust to the many different people that I am working with.
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Sackings, teeth whitening s, dealing with children and teaching them dental care.
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Seeing different people every day and hearing different stories as I think patient can teach you as well a lot.
Question 6 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Cleaning teeth and customer relations.
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1) confidence 2) making clients feel comfortable and wanting to come back.
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Thoroughness and time management. An example of this is.......
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I am persistent and work well under pressure.
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Thorough cleanings and a gentle touch.
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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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Perfection and compassion.
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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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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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I am loyal and dedicated.
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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 a very logical thinker. I am also very hardworking. I stay until the job is done.
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I am quick on learning new things.I am really organised.
Question 7 of 25
How would you handle a situation where the patient was not satisfied?
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I do not mind working with indigent. I have experience working with needy customers in retail and needy children when I was a summer camp counselor. I always handled situations well, and am looking forward to working with any type of patient.
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Fortunate to be able to provide care for those who cannot help themselves. Indifferent because every patient should be regarded equally.
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I am very familiar and feel comfortrable with working with indigent people since those were the main group of patients that I have treated on the past.
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It does not bother me to work with indigent patients, in fact I think working with indigent patients would be the most rewarding.
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In my experience in working with VA patients, I love it. It can be the most rewarding at times. It feels great to provide for those who really need it who may not otherwise be able to afford it.
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I am fine with that. Those patients can be the ones that need the most help.
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I think it is very important, if not more, to work with indigent patients than the educated and wealthy, because of the lack of education and awareness on the importance of oral hygiene. It would be our duty as health care providers to treat and see patients regardless of their backgrounds and status.
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I am there to help anyone and everyone in need.
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Treat everyone the same, even though they may have financial difficulties.
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It is not something that phases me, as a professional I have no right to judge a patients life style or life choices.
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The only problem I could imagine with indigent patients is the fact may have poorer hygiene, in this case I would treat them like any other patient and inform them on the importance of keeping up with that. As I stated before, I would never turn down a patient, unless my boss told me to.
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I feel sad and heartbroken. I treat them by being extra nice.
Question 8 of 25
What experience do you have performing tasks outside of your role as a hygienist?
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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.
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I am currently taking business classes. I hope to emphasize in business.
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Yes. I have been working in McDonalds for one year.
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My family owns a business and I have worked in the store multiple times and understand how a business works. I also have some job experience in a dental clinic office and know the procedures of checking people in, setting appointments, and working with payments. My mom is a nurse at a hospital and I have helped her set up conventions for nurses and put orientation/new learning packets together for nurses that recently graduated from college.
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I do have multiple different work experiences. I have worked in dental offices. I have also worked in a frozen yogurt shop during high school, and I worked with my dad cleaning barbeque pits during the spring and summer months. I also work at a recption hall occasionally where I cook and serve.
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I have business experience from working in a local cafe where it is my job to tempt the customer into buying more from our cafe and shop.
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I was a member of FBLA in high school. Also, I worked at a ice cream parlor over the summer, where I dealt the business side of the food industry.
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I do business studies a level, I help run accounts for my family business.
Question 9 of 25
How have your previous dental visits influenced you as a hygienist?
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I spit up Versed all over an assistant when I was 3 because they wanted to papoose me to do treatment on a small cavity. I still remember the nurse telling me about the experience in a negative way. I learned that you have to stay positive to patients.
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I can remember one time when I had braces, the assistant that came to adjust my wire obviously didnt know what she was doing. She was pushing and pulling all over the place and couldnt figure out what was wrong. I kept thinking I dont want this lady again. I learned from that experience that I want to make sure I know what im doing at all times, and if I dont, I need to find help so I dont make my patient uncomfortable.
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Prolonged treatment. Be honest.
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When I first went to the dentist the dentist wasn't very friendly so he scared me quite a bit so I didn't open my mouth for him. This was the only bad experience I've ever had with a dentist as we moved soon after where the dentist was much friendlier.
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I've never had a bad experience at the dentist. I am fortunate enough to say I've never even had a cavity!
Question 10 of 25
How do you feel about educating patients on proper oral care?
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No but I would love to particate in one.
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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.
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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.
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Personally I don't. This is just another reason why pursuing a career in DH will be very rewarding to me.
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No, but I would love to get involved with a dental charity and do what I could to help serve.
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Yes I have worked in a dental practice for a year now.
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I have volunteered at our local fish and loaves community services, helping prepare grocery bags of food for families in need.
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Yes, As a class we did a rotation in the United Methodist Homes, caring for the elderly patients there who are in great need of dental services and care.
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No I haven't but I have had experience volunteering for other things.
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I was a missionary in Nicaragua for a short term mission twice in my life time. This experience was incredible and one I will never forget.
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ER at Martin North and Humane society.
Question 11 of 25
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
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Fun loving, easy to get along with, loves helping others and very honest..
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Determined, outgoing, active.
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Determined, accountable, friendly and a good listener. They would definitely say that I always have a positive attitude.
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Loving, caring, outgoing, compassionate, easy to talk to, fun loving and hard working.
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I think my friends would describe me as a quiet and sweet girl. In a large group, I would be the listener and not the talker. And I am kind hearted to people and I respect people opinions and and considerate towards situations and people. I am crazy at times but I am reserved.
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I think my friends would describe me as determined, friendly, focused, and kind.
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Humorus, down to earth, adventurous.
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Humble, caring, helping, easygoing,
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I think my friends would describe me as a very friendly and confident individual but quite quiet and a perfectionist.
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Bubbly, a leader, positive, and very organized.
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Well rounded. Independent and fearless. Hard working.
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Honest, soft heart, and strong willed.
Question 12 of 25
What is a major ethical issue facing dentistry today?
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Not having Dental insurance and people not having proper DH education.
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The lack of dental insurance and lack of DH education are two major ethical issues facing dentistry today.
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I have noticed lately that a big one is not having dental insurance or not being able to afford dental care.
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Dentists who are in it just to make money and don't think of the interest of the patient.
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Excessive/unnecessary treatment and insurance fraud.
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One major issue would be that some dentists may over diagnose or exaggerate treatment to get more money from their patient or that dentists may let some of their staff perform acts outside of their legal boundaries.
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Considering it more as a business, Access to dental care in rural areas, Cost.
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Carrying out treatment that is beneficial to every patients need and dealing with patients that don't speak English as it makes it harder for them to give consent for treatment.
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Access to dental care in indigent communities. Also, the fallen economy and not being able to afford dental care or dental insurance.
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Rushing through patients and over charging for services.
Question 13 of 25
Why should we hire you as our next dental hygienist?
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I am very outgoing and it is easy for me to make friends. I think that I am easy to talk to and people are able to tell me things easily without worrying I will tell others. I have alot of drive. I am not one to give up and call it quits. When I don't succeed at something the first time it makes me work harder and strive to succeed. I genuinely care about people. I enjoy talking to people of all ages, and after I talk to someone I feel like I am friends with them.
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I am a well-educated and experienced student seeking a profession as a dental hygenist. I am dedicated to making this my career, and have been very passionate about this for a few years now.
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Strong, determined and focused.
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I'm 21 i'm from little rock arkansas. I am from a family of 7 girls and 1 boy.
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I graduated dental hygiene this past year. I am in the process of completing my undergraduate degree via distance and online education. So I will have a degree and diploma by 2013. I have always had a passion for oral health, because unfortunately I had alot of caries as a kid. Now that I am a dental hygienist, I educate and promote dental hygiene as much as I can to those who are in my chair, because I feel so strongly about it.
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Sure. First of all, I am originally from India, born and raised in a small town named adilabad. My family and I immigrated to the united states when I was 8 years old for a better quality of life and opportunities for a better education. Growing up in an alien country with different traditions and lifestyle has really taught me to adapt to changing surroundings and accepting change in a positive manner. I have learned to become patient, hard working, and passionate about the goals set in life.
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I was raised in Pak. I come from a family that works hard I m a first generation American college student I worked in Pak as a professional Want to learn American ways of doing dentistry.
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I'm a very creative and friendly person who is quietly confident. I love being in the company of people and learning more about the world and human body. I love spending time with friends and family during my down time. I am also a very hard worker and love to rise to a challenge so can be quite competitive.
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I'm a person who is honest and hard working. Not afraid of a challenge and works to the best of my potential. Continues to learn and rethink past questions.
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I have an associate degree on biology/ pre-medicine. I want to have my bachelor degree on dental hygiene.
Question 14 of 25
Which do you recommend to patients, water flossing vs string flossing?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would definitely recommend string flossing because even though water flossing can remove food particle from your teeth, it will not remove buildup from between the teeth and it should not substitute flossing and brushing.
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String flossing and if possible water flossing to go with it.
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String flossing, it's more accurate and can clean better than water flossing, in my opinion.
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I believe both are great techniques. Those with more inflamed gums or poorer hygiene I would recommend water flossing. String flossing is a quicker more efficient way to floss for patients with good hygiene.
Question 15 of 25
How do you handle a patient who is scared or uncomfortable?
User-Submitted Answers
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To a certain degree yes, but only about the general topics, nothing personal.
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I do. I would enjoying getting to know a patient and interacting on a daily basis because you can build relationships and see them as they progress while they are being comfortable with you.
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Yes in a friendly yet professional way that does not pry to much into their personal life or reveal to much about my personal life.
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Socializing with patients will probably be my favorite part of the job.
Question 16 of 25
Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was not your fault, to protect a co-worker?
Question 17 of 25
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Question 18 of 25
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
Question 19 of 25
How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?
Question 20 of 25
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
Question 21 of 25
How would you describe your work ethic?
Question 22 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
Question 23 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
Question 24 of 25
How many years experience do you have as a dental hygienist?
Question 25 of 25
What is your current salary?

About Dental Hygienist

May 14th, 2017

As a Dental Hygienist you are a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive oral health, typically focusing on techniques in oral hygiene. Common procedures performed as a Dental Hygienist are 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. You also educate patients on how to develop and maintain good oral health. You give advice to patients on how to select toothbrushes and other oral-care devices.

As a Dental Hygienist you are detail oriented. You follow specific rules and protocols, such as infection control procedures when helping dentists treat patients. Dental Hygienists must be good at working with their hands. You generally work in tight quarters on a small part of the body, using very precise tools and instruments. As a Dental Hygienist you must work closely with dentists and patients. Sometimes, patients are in extreme pain and mental stress, so the assistant should be sensitive to their emotions. Dental Hygienists should be able to listen to patients and other healthcare workers. You follow directions from a dentist so you can help treat patients, perform tasks, such as taking an x-ray. As a Dental Hygienist you have excellent organizational skills. Keeping the correct tools in place for a dentist to use when treating a patient is very important during the procedure.

To prepare for your interview we recommend you bring a letter of recommendation from the dentist you work for. Having a colleague speak highly of you and recommend you will help during the interview. Bring a copy of your license and any additional certification you may have If you are certified to perform expanded duties such as independently diagnosis health problems and provide some treatments, such as application of fluorides and sealants be sure to mention it during the interviewer- this could set you apart from the rest of the candidates!

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