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1. Why do you want to work for our company?
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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 prescribed radiographs, dental sealants, administration of...
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How did you manage your time among school, work, and or other activities?

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Thankfully, my parents are very supportive of me and they let me make school my number one priority. They tell me not to work while im in school so besides school, I am always with my family and I love spending time with them.
 
2.
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.
School and work always came first before other activities I am pretty good at multi-tasking.
 
4.
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.
 
5.
I had to prioritize my time and I used my spare time to study and get caught up on work.
 
6.
Prioritize.
 
7.
I prioritized my time and took advantage of any and all free time to stay caught up on my work at school and work with my family.
 
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My best friend while managing my time was my planner. I could not have stayed on top of everything if it weren't for that weekly planner. I wrote every thing that needed to get done in it and as soon as i finished that activity i would cross it off.
 
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Prioritize. If there was an assignment due for school, I would not go to my other plans until it was done. At lunch at work I would work on my homework, but If I was needed to stay late for a patient I would.
 
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For the last 4 years I was living in London by myself. Which meant that I was studying and I needed money to survive. I was working at the same time as studying. That is why I learned how to manage my time well.
 

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#3 of 25

What is your experience working with children?

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visual and hands on
 
2.
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.
 
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I'm a visual learner, I like to supplement readings and lectures with pictures and models when I can.
 
6.
visual
 
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Hands on.
 
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ddmd
 
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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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#4 of 25

Describe your ideal work environment.

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Someone that has high work ethics like I do, someone that is willing to cooperate and lend a helping hand if needed.
 
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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.
 
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I work best with those who are outgoing. Those who enjoy what they are doing.
 
8.
I work best with people who are good communicators and are willing to compromise on altering some of their ideas. Usually I work best with people who are actually willing to work with a group and better the group.
 
9.
I work best with people who put all of their effort into the task at hand and do not cut corners in order to be done faster. The job has to be done right.
 
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I work well with all types of people. I enjoy that we are all different and value all different personalities.
 

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.

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#5 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.
 
2.
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.
 
8.
I think I will dislike coworkers who are difficult to work with and patients that think they know more about everything.
 
9.
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.
 
10.
I do not think there is anything I will dislike.
 

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#6 of 25

How can you help with the oral health needs of this office?

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yes..not everyone's truthful about their medical health so you treat everyone the same ie that includes those with AIDS
 
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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.
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.
 
4.
Yes of course, as a hygienist you should treat all your. Patients as if they are infected. You never knowing if a patient is with holding important changes in there medical history.
 
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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.
 
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Yes! everyone should be treated equally.
 
7.
Yes. Aids can only be transferred through sexual intercourse, pregnancy and blood transmissions. As a dental hygienist, I would still treat my patient because having AIDS doesn't really mean that it would be really infectious to other people .
 
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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.
 
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Yes, as long as I use the appropriate barriers (gloves, mask, eye protection) then there should not be any concerns.
 
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Yes, I would. I would treat them the same as patients without AIDS.
 

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.

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#7 of 25

If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?

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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.
 
2.
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.
 
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I would take spanish classes so I would not have to have a translator for my spanish speaking patients. That way I could better suit their needs.
 
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I would have focused more on classes that were more difficult for me.
 
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O I am quite happy with how it has worked out so far, but if I were to change anything I wish I would have believed in myself more in high school. I didnít think I could get through the chemistry part of the prerequisites, so I ended up taking a general first year in university rather than specifically the prerequisites for dental hygiene. I decided after my first year that I wanted to push through the chemistry and go for dental hygiene. If I had decided to go for it in the first place, I may have gotten the prerequisites done within my first year rather than in two.
 
9.
I would have taken all my prerequisites all at rose before transferring to OU.
 
10.
Pursue my bachelors in hygiene as soon as I finished the program.
 

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#8 of 25

If you are stressed, what signs occur and what do you do about it?

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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.
 
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.
 
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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.
 

Dental Hygienist Pros

1. The hours are very flexible, you get to improve the oral health of other, and it is such a rewarding career May 30th, 2012

2. dental hygienists get to work with different kinds of people with different needs. Therefore every patient they see will be their learning experience. May 30th, 2012

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. July 19th, 2012

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#9 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.
 
10.
Friendly impressive in terms of explaining the oral hygiene techniques.
 

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#10 of 25

How do you prioritize when given multiple tasks?

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I am very much a team player. I want to know that I've been heard, not necessarily that you agree but that you listened. I am very big on mutual respect, making sure everyone feels their opinion is valued and then coming to a group consensus about what the best course to take is. Having said that, traits that undermine that philosophy can present a challenge to work with.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
The people I find most difficult to work with are the ones who do not show good team work skills.
 
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O I find it difficult to work with people who donít give me feedback about my work. I have had a supervisor who I didnít see often since I worked on weekends, and all seemed well and I thought I had been doing what she needed however she would come to me months later about issues she found. I would have appreciated if she had told me soon after an issue was found so that I could have corrected what I was doing rather than continuing on thinking I was doing it right. It was very frustrating because I appreciate feedback since it allows me to better myself.
 
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The people that I prefer not to work with are the ones who will do anything in their power to avoid doing their job. Lazy people are the hardest to work with, although I will always do my best to pick up the slack I perfer to work next to someone who is just as compentent as I am!
 
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I dont have difficulty working with anyone. I am very adaptable
 
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People who nit-pick every detail that is not exactly right, someone who talks down to you instead of to you, someone who does not have a good sense of humor.
 
8.
Hardly any... I can relate to and work with most everyone.
 
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The most difficult people to work with for me are "Toppers". This is the type of person with a personality trait for some reason or another whom must always "Top" everything that is said or stated.
 
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People who aren't willing to work as a team- either those who wont allow others to help- bossy, controlling- or those who insist on being carried by the group.
 

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#11 of 25

What do you like most about being a Dental Hygienist?

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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.
 
2.
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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
8.
The thing that i most like about hygiene is I get to work with patient's and helping maintain a good oral health style.
 
9.
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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#12 of 25

What are your greatest strengths?

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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.
 
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Perseverance, and the love of working with people.
 
4.
My drive and determination to do well and my focus to try my best to succeed at anything I set my mind to.
 
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Easy going, strong skills.
 
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Communicate well with patients Gentle.
 
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Understanding and empathy.
 
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Gentle touch, and being open to everyone.
 
9.
People skills, and working fast and affinaltly.
 
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Very compassionate, and very detail orientated. I understand patients and I am very compassionate towards there feelings and there thoughts.
 

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#13 of 25

What will you do if you have a client that refuses to floss or take care of their teeth?

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Educate them on what will happen to their teeth if they do not take care of them. Explain to them how expensive it will be to fix them when they start to have tooth infections and aches.
 
2.
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
 
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Discuss the systemic outcome and other interproximal devices.
 
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I will educate them on the benefits of flossing and over all oral health. I can not force them to do anything, but I can emphasize the long term consequences of noncompliance. If they refuse gingivitis therapies or periodontal therapies, I will get them to sign a waiver stating I have informed them of the treatment required and they know the consequences of deferring treatment.
 
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I would help him to recognize the systemic consequences due to his lack of care. Put the responsibility back on the patient.
 
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I would tell them that flossing your teeth is really important because is one the way to prevent from getting cavities and gums infection. And once you floss, you can feel you mouth really refresh and clean.
 
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Try to motivate them just to attempt it at the very least. Suggest how often they should floss even if it is once every other day. Explain the effects it will have on their overall health.
 
10.
Educate them on the possible outcomes if they continue to neglect their oral care. Sometimes, money can be a motivation and giving rough estimates on procedures required to fix cavities and broken teeth.
 

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#14 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.
 
2.
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.
 
8.
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.
 
9.
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.
 
10.
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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#15 of 25

How would you handle a situation where the patient was not satisfied?

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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.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
Fortunate to be able to provide care for those who cannot help themselves. Indifferent because every patient should be regarded equally.
 
4.
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.
 
5.
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.
 
6.
I am fine with that. Those patients can be the ones that need the most help.
 
7.
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.
 
9.
Treat everyone the same, even though they may have financial difficulties.
 
10.
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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#16 of 25

Give me an example of a time you had to make a difficult decision.

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A huge role in my life and yes i can most defiantly laugh at myself.
 
2.
Humor is a huge part of my daily life. I think that my day is not complete without laughing or smiling. I love making people laugh and making my family smile. I laugh at myself all the time, especially when I do something out of the ordaniary.
 
3.
Yes, infact I think having a good sense of humor can help lighten up any mood.
 
4.
Humor plays a big role in my life. I believe that we need a certain amount of humor to stay healthy and sometimes it is good to laugh at ourselves because it reminds us that we are human. Life needs to be fun and not so serious.
 
5.
There are times to be serious, and times to joke. There is always a time of day to add a little joke in to make someones day better. I can laugh at myself and my mistakes because no one is perfect.
 
6.
Humour is very important in life because it brings happiness and lets you deal with stress.
 
7.
Humor is a huge role in my life. I try to get at least one good laugh in every day. I laugh at myself all the time, probably more so than other people laugh at me.
 
8.
I am a very cheerful person who enjoys laughing with friends and can have a laugh at myself if I make a silly mistake so humor does have a part to play in my life.
 
9.
I am known by my peers, teachers, employers, and family, as a very bubbly person. I am always laughing at myself and others around me (but only if appropriate timing).
 
10.
I don't take myself too seriously and can have a laugh at the right time and place.
 

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#17 of 25

How have your previous experiences visiting the Dentist 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.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
Prolonged treatment. Be honest.
 
4.
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.
 
5.
I've never had a bad experience at the dentist. I am fortunate enough to say I've never even had a cavity!
 

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#18 of 25

How would your coworkers describe you?

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Fun loving, easy to get along with, loves helping others and very honest..
 
2.
Determined, outgoing, active.
 
3.
Determined, accountable, friendly and a good listener. They would definitely say that I always have a positive attitude.
 
4.
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.
 
6.
I think my friends would describe me as determined, friendly, focused, and kind.
 
7.
Humorus, down to earth, adventurous.
 
8.
Humble, caring, helping, easygoing,
 
9.
I think my friends would describe me as a very friendly and confident individual but quite quiet and a perfectionist.
 
10.
Bubbly, a leader, positive, and very organized.
 

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#19 of 25

How do you feel about educating patients about home care?

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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.
 
6.
Yes I have worked in a dental practice for a year now.
 
7.
I have volunteered at our local fish and loaves community services, helping prepare grocery bags of food for families in need.
 
8.
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.
 
9.
No I haven't but I have had experience volunteering for other things.
 
10.
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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#20 of 25

Describe your average day as a Dental Hygienist.

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White bright smile.
 
2.
I would love to be a Pediatric Dental Hygienist. I love working with kids and I want to be the one to teach them how important dental care is and I think that I would make a great role model for them.
 
3.
I like to examine xrays. I find it very interesting.
 
4.
I have a passion for art, especially three dimensional art like pottery and jewelry making, so I really enjoy lab work and building prosthesics etc. I also enjoy working with people and I feel working with patients as a hygienist with give me an opportunity to build a relationship with them on their regular recalls that working as an assistant did not with the patients who only pass through the restorative side.
 
5.
When I was a child I loved playing with playdough and I like intricate things that require attention to detail.
 
6.
Teeth whitening I find very interestina and checking that good oral health is mantained.
 
7.
My specific interest in dentistry would be educating others on teeth and how to improve their oral health. I also love spending time with people and would throroughly enjoy cleaning their teeth.
 
8.
No, I just really like picking at things.
 
9.
How the oral cavity affects certain parts of the body.
 
10.
Not that I can think of at this moment.
 

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#21 of 25

What do you think are two major ethical issues facing dentistry today?

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Excessive/unnecessary treatment and insurance fraud.
 
2.
Not having Dental insurance and people not having proper DH education.
 
3.
The lack of dental insurance and lack of DH education are two major ethical issues facing dentistry today.
 
4.
I have noticed lately that a big one is not having dental insurance or not being able to afford dental care.
 
5.
Dentists who are in it just to make money and don't think of the interest of the patient.
 
6.
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.
 
10.
Rushing through patients and over charging for services.
 

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#22 of 25

Tell me about yourself.

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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'm 21 i'm from little rock arkansas. i am from a family of 7 girls and 1 boy.
 
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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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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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Strong, determined and focused.
 
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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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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.
 

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#23 of 25

What is your weakness?

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My weakness is being upset with me when I do not do something perfect or make a mistake.
 
2.
My weakness would be that I am a perfectionist. Usually if I dont perform as well as I would like, it makes me very critical of myself.
 
3.
I am a major perfectionist but that just means that I care deeply about doing whatever I set out to do to the best of my ability.
 
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As stated previously, when I notice others around me not pulling their weight I will pick up their slack. This is a result of my avoidance of confrontation at all cost.
 
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My weakness is being emotional.
 

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#24 of 25

Which do you recommend to patients, water flossing vs string flossing?

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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.
 
2.
String flossing and if possible water flossing to go with it.
 
3.
String flossing, it's more accurate and can clean better than water flossing, in my opinion.
 
4.
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.
 

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#25 of 25

How do you handle a patient who is scared or uncomfortable?

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To a certain degree yes, but only about the general topics, nothing personal.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
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.
 
4.
Socializing with patients will probably be my favorite part of the job.
 
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