Hygienists 20 to 30 years in age

May 2, 2014
  • I wanted to become a dental hygienist to make some kind of difference in the health-care field. Working in my current private practice for the last three years has bound my hands in the sense that I will be working under someone as long as I am here. Having a voice as a dental hygienist in my area and especially in the office I work in has been extremely hard, even though I am the "head hygienist." Being unable to make a lot of decisions on how I work has dampened my spirit for my profession.
  • I have been a dental assistant for nine years, and I have come to truly love my work. Even though hygiene is a bit more demanding, it is so rewarding to complete treatment and help improve patients’ knowledge of their dental health and ways to either improve or maintain their oral health.
  • Besides the fact that dental hygiene allows me to indulge in my passion to pick at the most minuscule things, my decision to become a dental hygienist has also allowed me to improve the quality of someone's life. Whether I am only getting through to one patient out of eight a day in clinic, or one child out of 40 that I screen at a health fair, those little victories make being a dental hygienist worth the struggle to find an ideal office/job. Knowing how important the oral cavity is to overall health, all the science behind the oral-systemic link, it is difficult to devalue my career choice. Even on my trying days. I believe I truly make a difference in people's lives.
  • I do enjoy what I do as a dental hygienist. At the end of the day, I go home feeling like I did some good today. I like to make a difference in people's lives and I feel I can do that as a dental hygienist.
  • I enjoy my patients. I have had a great employer with a wonderful working environment. I love my coworkers. I make a very reasonable salary.
  • I love the patients and the different experiences each day. I love dental hygiene because it's all about brightening other people's day and time flies!
  • I enjoy what I do. It offers flexible hours, good pay, and only four years of school.
  • Although the employment situation is not ideal, I am fine with it because I am in graduate school. I believe in the long run, advanced education in dental hygiene can push our profession to a higher level and I am excited to be part of it. I am confident that my education will serve me well in the future (maybe not within the next five years, but maybe in 10 years).
  • I work with great people, I have opportunities to meet people from all walks of life.
  • I like being a dental hygienist, and the money is okay too. But I do not get my 40 hours a week. I have been a registered dental hygienist for three years. In 2013, I finally landed permanent job at two offices, but I do not have enough hours. I get paid per patient, and that is the reason I think my decision to get into dental hygiene was not a good one. I do not have benefits, not enough income, and I am planning on going back to school in September 2014 to change careers.
  • I love my job! It is different every day and always keeps me on my toes.
  • I really enjoy helping people who are embarrassed or anxious to come to the dentist.
  • I love they hours and flexibility of the job. i was lucky enough to be offered a full time hygiene job in one office. The hourly schedule makes the day go fast so i can go home to see my baby:)
  • It's a wonderful profession. We have great hours, and I really love that I'm able to take care of myself financially. I'm not dependent on anyone. The interaction with people is rewarding. I just wish that there were more job opportunities and choices. If it’s a good place to work there's hardly ever a job opening.
  • I have a great impact on oral health. I have autonomy in my career and I very much enjoy learning new things working with my doctor. I love impacting people's health and lives for the better.
  • I love what I do. I am passionate about educating my patients about nutrition, oral hygiene, and how to prevent oral disease. I currently work in a public health setting, but also have previous experience working in private practice as well. I foresee that I will remain in public health for the rest of my working career, because I love working with my individual patients to achieve good oral health. I am also involved on an administrative level, which allows me to touch a greater population of patients.
  • I enjoy being a dental hygienist because I like the work environment. I like the autonomy I have, and I like educating patients and feeling as though I have made a difference in their health.
  • I love what I do, regardless of how poorly managed a company or office is. I think that hygienists have become a little too touchy in some areas and have forgotten what drew them to the field in the first place.
  • I am very busy at times, but I love my career. I feel like I help patients and make a big difference in their lives.
  • I love what I do! I enjoy talking to eight different people each day and helping/guiding them to great oral health.
  • I love what I do, and it shows in my works, which makes my patients very happy because of my compassion. And like a dominos effect, when my patients are happy, my bosses are happy.
  • I enjoy my job! I am respected by my boss and co-workers. Being a dental hygienist is a rewarding job that pays well.
  • The decision of becoming a dental hygienist was a great and positive one! I love being a hygienist.. I get to help others and be a better person.
  • While I don't have the control over some decisions that I would like, I know someday I will. I love the service I provide patients and love the challenge of being a hygienist.
  • I love educating people on how to increase their health as well as make people happy, comfortable and have a good experience at the dentist. It is a very rewarding job.
  • It is definitely hard work some days. However, I love talking with patients. I feel I am a positive influence on them. I enjoy my co-workers and office. I also love that I don't ever have to take work home.
  • Regardless of bad days, I still love what I do. Patients appreciate a dental hygienist who takes the time out to communicate with them. I know I chose the right profession for me.
  • I loved my career and still do, but two of the three dentists I work for have ruined my future outlook. I am treated like a puppet. They make more money and give absolutely no incentives or benefits. They treat people according to how their insurance pays. Ethics are null-in-void. I am degraded by the dentists because they feel we are over paid. Sadly, the list can go on forever. This seems to be the prevailing trend nationwide.

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