I Am a Dental Hygienist

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 37 People

    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
    Nov 11, 2010

    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

    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

    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

    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
    5 Responses Nov 10, 2010

    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

    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
    3 Responses Feb 4, 2012

    Need A Job

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

    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
    2 Responses May 14, 2010

    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
    1 Response Jul 9, 2013

    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


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

    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


     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
    1 Response Nov 17, 2010

    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
    2 Responses Oct 31, 2012

    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

    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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