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I Am a Dental Hygienist

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 38 People

    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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    Dental

    Does anyone know of any dentist hiring in Gwinnett County,Georgia?
    caseyd caseyd 41-45 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I just got denied for braces... I feel like I need them but I don't know if it's too noticeable....
    Jessicaliners Jessicaliners 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Timely and regular visits to a dental office are an integral part of maintaining proper oral hygiene. Many dentists recommend visiting a dental office at least once every 6 months...
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    Are you one of those people who are concerned about their stained teeth, and want them to be pearly white, just like the sparkling teeth of a baby? Then visiting your dentist for a...
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    ⌂ Home Debbie Avatar Debbie ⚙ Forgive my spelling errors (was very hard to write) Also forgive how long winded this is, but fellow FM sufferers can relate to how...
    debbie913 debbie913 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 26

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    It is hard to say if what I am feeling is normal based on my family history or that is something personal has nothing to do with my family. That will bring me to mention the...
    Mic82 Mic82 31-35, M May 12

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    It is hard to say if what I am feeling is normal based on my family history or that is something personal has nothing to do with my family. That will bring me to mention the...
    Mic82 Mic82 31-35, M May 13

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    So I went to school to become a dental assistant and my health has recently declined. But I applied to jobs about three or four months ago but had no luck so applied else where and...
    Indomitable6811 Indomitable6811 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 30

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    Just got lower dental implants yesterday, going to be on a liquid diet for a few days but it's worth it
    Tbone33 Tbone33 18-21, M Apr 24

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    When a girl says she wants to be friends with benefits, I always ask if that includes dental insurance.
    TCL009 TCL009 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 25

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    Has anyone ever traveled to Tanzania or South Africa? I want to go to help with dental work there and my mom doesn't want me to go without a friend or her even though I'll be with...
    maiap maiap 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 28

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    I am a 33 yr old female with a PhD and have been constantly lightheaded for months. My symptoms last all day/every day and include feeling faint, tremors/skakiness, shortness of...
    healthproject healthproject 31-35, F Apr 29

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    I just got a job as a dental receptionist & the manager said she wont pay me for training. I have been going for 2 full days and 1 half day. Ive been doing all the hectic work. I...
    Anotherfrustratedgirl Anotherfrustratedgirl 18-21, F May 2

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    So since I've discovered that a very unique dream of mine came true whenever I have a 1st person view dream that is vivid an realistic I write it down. I usually remember these...
    XYZoli XYZoli 26-30, M May 14

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    I'm madly and deeply in love with chocolate... I eat at the least one bar of chocolate a day and also have a cup or two of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top... my favourite...
    lilygeorge12 lilygeorge12 22-25, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    "I have expensive taste but Im also tight with my money" The reason for this post is an argument I had last night, with an ex. I'm a dental nurse and well he was interested to...
    lilygeorge12 lilygeorge12 22-25, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I still think about you every day. I haven't tried to reach out to you in quite some time. I'm just trying to give you your space and wait patiently. I believe you're worth the...
    cherryxblossom cherryxblossom 26-30, F 1 day ago

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