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I Am a Dental Hygienist

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 38 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Dental

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    i had a bad dental experience as a kid i was strapped down on a dental papoose board...................?
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    Redneck murders are hard to solve, all the DNA is the same and there are no dental records....:P
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    1- I was born in England 2- I now live in Australia 3- Tokyo is my favourite city in the world 4- nothing makes me madder than homophobia 5- I work in the dental industry 6- I had...
    amandajanee amandajanee 18-21, F Mar 31

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    CHOOSE LIFE Choose your future... Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a ******* big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc...
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    Co-parenting with a narcissist advice needed I am moving into the final stages of the court system and will need to work out how to co parent with a narcissist. I'm looking at...
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    🎬 CHOOSE LIFE Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a ******* big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and...
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    I am a hard working wife and mother. I met the man I married while working out of the country. Now I'm back in the states and trying to support a family off of a school district...
    caymantate caymantate 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    So here are a lot of things I've learned since I've had this illness. A standard STD/STI doesn't screen for Herpes. Some people never show outward symptoms. You could be infected...
    Stella27 Stella27 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 2

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    I had just turned 16 and was looking for a summer job to get some money together to buy a car. My mom was a nurse at the local hospital. One day she told me that a new nurse had...
    phph phph 66-70, M Apr 4

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    Okay I have probably everything going on well for me. I recently got married to a great guy who I'd been engaged with for 3 years, I completed dental graduation & moved to new...
    eya223 eya223 22-25 1 Response Apr 5

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    I only excuse elderly and some poor folks for having stank breath but it need to be taken care of if possible. On thursdays and fridays I do home care work on the side and I have a...
    Outofeden Outofeden 31-35, F Apr 9

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    One day i woke up entered into the washroom and spit into the sink what i saw was the blood it keeps happening to me for three days. I went for scaling doctor advised ; " You...
    CrushedBrain CrushedBrain 22-25, M Apr 11

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    Hello my name is Robin and I am a single mother of 2 beautiful angels. I am trying to raise money for medical and other expenses which have steadily grown since being diagnosed...
    robinwright28 robinwright28 36-40, F Apr 11

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    1. I am in Dental Hygiene School 2. I am stressing about getting patients 3. I am pretty quiet, shy, introvert 4. I have two dogs 5. I want to open a dog shelter in South America...
    ForeverUninvited ForeverUninvited 22-25, F Apr 12

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    Well well well, I must say I deff fit this group. I currently have this ides in my mind that I feel like I have MS and I also found out I have another small cavity in the back of...
    ashless ashless 22-25, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Fed up with the nagging problem of my partial plates fit and on going issues of wear, pain, erupting wisdom teeth and gum infection due to my clasps rubbing, I decided enough was...
    dendek dendek 41-45, M 5 days ago

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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 2 days ago

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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 3 Responses 1 day ago

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