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I Am a Dental Hygienist

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    No Jobs

    I am a RDH and live in Georgia and I have been looking for a job for 6 1/2 YEARS now.I have done two temp jobs and that's been it. I am now deeply depressed and have low self esteem. I just don't understand. I give up!!!!
    navywiferdh navywiferdh 41-45 2 Responses Oct 31, 2012

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    Some Patients Really Suck!!!!!!!!

    had a very bad day today!!!!!!!!!!! i had the worst patient ever. i have been seeing her for like 4 years now. she is the most miserable B**** in the world, never nice , friendly or even smile, nothing!!!!! rude but never disrespectful but today she was in rare form. she doesnt...
    mimirdh1 mimirdh1 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 10, 2010

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    Interview

     Interview experience... NOTE to self: BE prepared. I am working just a few days a week and am looking to add some. So I keep my eyes open for postings online etc. I got a call and an e-mail from an Dental, INC for an interview.  I had a few interviews lately...
    sordh sordh 31-35 1 Response Nov 17, 2010

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    Burn Out

    Hi all fellow hygienist-Fla.   I have been in the dental field for 20 years. I assisted for 10 years, and have been a hygienist ever since. I feel for my fellow hygienist. It seems that todays hygienist deal with alot more than patient care. There are several offices I...
    sueli sueli 36-40, F 10 Responses Oct 17, 2009

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    Makeup And Facemasks

    This is more for the lady hygienists.  I am having a hard time finding a foundation that doesn't rub off in my face mask.  Has anyone found one that they are very happy with?
    nmashee25 nmashee25 26-30 2 Responses May 14, 2010

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    Over Dental Hygiene

    I graduated hygiene school with such high hopes and delusions about my future. I couldn't wait to get to work and start making what I thought was a great paycheck. My first few jobs were pretty good, but the recurring theme is no paid time off (no sick pay, no health insurance...
    sickofdental sickofdental 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 6, 2012

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    Ready To Move On!

    So working as a dental assistant i always looked forward to going into hygiene. The pay, flexibility, and respect. Yea right! I have only been a hygienist for three years and i am really ready to move forward with another career. I have worked as a temp and in permanent positions...
    Quban Quban 22-25 1 Response Jul 9, 2013

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    Dental

    Does anyone know of any dentist hiring in Gwinnett County,Georgia?
    caseyd caseyd 41-45 Jan 3, 2011

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    New Gadget

    My dental hygiene friend gave me this new gadget a few weeks ago. I didn't think much of it at first, but am totally in love with it now. It is called Futstrap, or actually  U -with-dots-on-it,   some Euro thing. It is a Foot-strap that goes onto...
    sordh sordh 31-35 Nov 11, 2010

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    Loss Of Confidence....

      I have recently been at my current practice for 4 years, I am the "gentle" hygienist. I use to think this was a compliment but we have hired someone that I actually recommended and she is rougher than I am. The dentist is starting to lose faith in me little by little...
    480lynn 480lynn 22-25 3 Responses Feb 4, 2012

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    What Causes Tooth Loss?

    There are numerous reasons as to why people lose some, most or all of their teeth. One of the most common reasons is a blend of poor dietary habits and poor oral hygiene.Dental specialists recommend that individuals from young kids to adults brush and floss their teeth at least...
    suncitydental suncitydental 26-30, F Apr 5, 2014

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    Opinions Needed For This Case

    A patient earlier today came into the office with the complaint, "My gums just feel rough to me- they have for about 6 months." I took patient photos today to compare and to get some opinions on what could be causing this condition. Her gingiva (especially buccally...
    jerricapittenger jerricapittenger 22-25, F Oct 29, 2009

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    Opinions Needed For This Case

    A patient earlier today came into the office with the complaint, "My gums just feel rough to me- they have for about 6 months." I took patient photos today to compare and to get some opinions on what could be causing this condition. Her gingiva (especially buccally...
    jerricapittenger jerricapittenger 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 29, 2009

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    Need A Job

    I have been looking for a job for 7 months and have tried internet and nothing is out there.
    caseyd caseyd 41-45 2 Responses Jan 3, 2011

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    Charlotte, NC RDH. I graduated hygiene school

    in May and received my license in July 2013. I have been looking for a job since then, so around 7 months now. I used to work at an office as an assistant but they haven't heard of anyone hiring and the office I fill in at is keeping there ears open too. I have a list of...
    lbwhite287 lbwhite287 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 31, 2014

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    Rdh & Neuromuscular Trauma

    Hi all, I've been an RDH since 1993. I have always loved being a hygienist and caring for patients. It has been a wonderful career up until this past year. I have had two spine/neck surgeries this year, one which included a spinal fusion in my neck. I now have a titanium...
    iamRDH iamRDH 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 29, 2012

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    Best Place To Meet Hiring Dentists Online?

    I have been looking all over for the best places online to post job openings to attract high quality hygienists. To tell you the truth it has been a little frustrating trying to find hygienists that are passionate about what they do, have a professional and POSITIVE attitude...
    DrBhagavatula DrBhagavatula 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 27, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    So this is embarrassing to admit, but my teeth are in poor shape because I didn’t take care of them for years. I haven’t had dental insurance for 8 years and when I went back...
    SpilledSecrets SpilledSecrets 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I have had several surgeries. One was for my leg and the others were for my dental stuff .
    crazyram45 crazyram45 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "And what starting salary are you...
    lovingCuteSmartGirl lovingCuteSmartGirl 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    When you have a narcissistic mother, you are not taught how to care for the self. Instead, you are taught by experience with your mother that if you don’t guess what someone...
    rescueme99 rescueme99 41-45 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Okaay so i have a big operation tomorrow, its a major dental surgery. My husband is honestly not giving a single crap about it. Ive never had an operation before and im so scared...
    Anotherfrustratedgirl Anotherfrustratedgirl 18-21, F 7 Responses a week ago

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    I feel broken. I have been betrayed and lied to so much(family betrayal), so much trauma physical(very bad dental Mexico) and am emotional tonight and feeling sorry for myself. I...
    nsight nsight 46-50, F Jun 21

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    Hate Dental Papoose Boards Do You they suck
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 21

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    Children came back from their dad. New gf was there again. It's still working to their favour so far. He's still showing off. What worries me is what if she is a spider type woman...
    paliglass paliglass 31-35, F 4 Responses Jun 21

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    I had some candy floss, which I quite enjoyed. But then my teeth were quite sticky, so I cleaned them with dental floss. And then it occurred to me. It is better to have loved and...
    regitca regitca 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 17

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    I hate my teeth. It's my fault. I lost my baby teeth later than most and I was always scared to pull them out so several teeth stayed long enough to cause crookedness to their...
    Nickbailes Nickbailes 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 15

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    A couple months ago I made a huge decision, I decided to get off drugs. The following is from my journal, this is day 1 of my journey. This entry is from 75 days ago... 10 weeks...
    thebooboo thebooboo 26-30, F Jun 15

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    Settle in mesa For two pals And dental And nude Or run And hide And get tickets for expired everything.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M Jun 9

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    If I could fix one moment from my whole life, here's what it is... I was in third grade, probably 7 years old if I remember right. My teacher gave us a test to work on and after...
    oncemoreuntothebreech oncemoreuntothebreech 36-40, M 4 Responses Jun 8

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    I used to really hate my medical postings. On calls, wardrounds, busy days and I'm not really into medical or dental stuff. But seeing patients in wards really taught me good life...
    redDya91 redDya91 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 6

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    I made a big mistake of changing my major to paralegal. At first I wanted to be a dental hygiene, but i change it to paralegal.
    tiquinha1 tiquinha1 26-30, F Jun 5

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    In the previous years, orthodontic treatment was carried out with the help of dental braces, which were not only unsightly, but they also severe discomfort and soft tissue trauma...
    edr567 edr567 26-30, M Jun 5

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    My mom is not textbook. However, we all (meaning my father and I and even her) agree she has a bpd. She was sexually abused as a child and adult. Her mother probably had bpd...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 5

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    I am considering four dental implants on the top back that would involve two extractions, 2 sinus lifts, and a ton of bone grafting. I am way more afraid of the sinus lift than the...
    mississlove mississlove 31-35 1 Response Jun 4

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    Hello everyone. I have horrible depression and one thing that fuels it is my bad teeth. I did't take the greatest care of them when I was a kid but I always go to my six month...
    mississlove mississlove 31-35 Jun 4

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    I'd love to have a healing factor. When I was a kid I chipped my front tooth and eventually had to get a dental implant. Lots of money out of pocket to take care of it because...
    oncemoreuntothebreech oncemoreuntothebreech 36-40, M Jun 1

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    When I was young I would never brush my teeth. My mom and dad didn't really care at all about my dental hygiene. That's until my teeth started getting bad. I've been bullied for...
    Zeetree909 Zeetree909 70+ 2 Responses Jun 1

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    Okay. Where to start? I have never been that big of a fan of this dental office, but it is one of the only ones that my insurance is accepted at and I have heard bad things about...
    Doglover5290 Doglover5290 22-25, F May 30

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