I Am a Licensed Dental Hygienist

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    I am working with someone who is two sandwiches shy of a basket. As RDH,i take my responsibility professionally. The assistant to the dentist is always trying to get into my face. i try to look away but she goes out of her to find me. She was trained by the American Red Cross...
    loridd loridd
    1 Response Apr 5, 2013

    60 Years Old Hygienist

    Hi I have always been nervous when cleaning teeth. What to chit chat about- being finished on time- wondering if the patient thinks I did a good job. I drive myself nuts. I haven't worked in a while and a Dentist wants me to fill in soon. I know I will regret doing it. I need...
    leonidas leonidas
    51-55, F
    2 Responses May 24, 2013

    Dental hygiene is not too bad

    but I do have back and neck pain. I am starting with a new office next week after thirteen years with my current. Just a bit nervous. Thought about changing to nursing one day? Mostly I hate the schedule and late (very late ) people. Also people please be patient when your...
    jnoga jnoga
    36-40, F
    Jul 2, 2014

    Clock Out Inbetween Patients

    Howdy, I am a hygienist is AZ! I know it's a tough economy, but, I was just instructed by my employer to clock out when I have an opening of 30 minutes or more between patients. My employer said he would pay me $16/hour to do sterilzation, stocking, help w/ recall, clean, or...
    pamelamooney pamelamooney
    2 Responses Nov 13, 2012

    Dr. Argument: Loosening Restorations with hand scalers.

    Hi, I have been working in a single practice for five years. My Dr. seems to have some pretty interesting takes on things. Some that I was not taught in school and some I am fairly certain they are incorrect. I have dealt with these issues as professionally and diplomatically as...
    HappyMeSomeDay HappyMeSomeDay
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 27, 2012

    From Cali to Texas--->>Moving State

    Hello I am from California and just graduated this year from the DH program, however I am moving to Texas this year and already have my license in the state of Texas. I was know everything about anesthesia, and am aware that in Texas RDHs cannot give anesthesia. My question is...
    RDH89 RDH89
    1 Response Nov 16, 2012

    Help On National Board Exam

    Hi I'm dental hygiene student and I have one more year to graduate. I'm going to take national board exam next May. I'd like to know if the dental hygiene seminar for exam would be helpful. There is online class from adha website also but I cant do both because they're so...
    Turbo03 Turbo03
    2 Responses Aug 16, 2012

    NC Help

    I'm beginning to feel discouraged in the path I am taking. I am a second year dental hygiene student. I will take CITA state boards in June. I am a military spouse and I'm beginning to wonder if this is all worth it considering we will be moving regularly, probably every four...
    ncrdh87 ncrdh87
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Sep 30, 2013

    Hello! I am having a huge professional dilemma!

    I have been practicing with a group for 3 years, my first job out of school. The group is owned by a single local dentist and has been around for about 30 years. The pay is good and I get full benefits as a full time employee. When I first started, my office was booming! We were...
    Auntijo712 Auntijo712
    31-35, F
    May 20, 2014

    Do You Want A Cheap And Nice Dental Implant

    A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, which is screw or cylinder-shaped, that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. China dental implant is generally used if someone has lost a tooth or teeth due to disease or injury. During the last five years...
    lucinda456 lucinda456
    26-30, F
    Mar 19, 2013

    Racial Discrimination In The Workplace.

    I was terminated from a job I loved. A prejudice woman fired me and every other black employee.  I was fired two weeks after she got her new position. She is so evil that she even came to my divorce hearing as a witness for my husband. REBECCA "BECKY" SCALONE is out there and...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Sep 8, 2011

    Not What I Expected

    I started my dental hygiene career in the Air Force. I was what they called a prophy tech. I loved it.....for the most part. However, the difference was that the pts didn't have to pay. You did exactly what they needed, nothing more, nothing less. Well, I'm out of the military...
    nshoyt nshoyt
    3 Responses Aug 13, 2012

    Moving To Seattle Area

    I am a dental hygienist for 12 years. Need to move to Washington state because of the family. Is it possible to find hygiene job out there? I am in New Mexico now.
    milasha4 milasha4
    Mar 27, 2011


    Hi! I have a tough time to find a job. Buffalo, NY. My native language is russian. Could somebody help me? Thank you.
    yorkee yorkee
    51-55, F
    1 Response Mar 17, 2010

    Just The Beginning...

    Hello All!!! I am a new hygienist and am looking to connect with fellow hygienist who can share stories, experience, and advice! I have been practicing for 9 months now! There are days where my self-confidence is in the sky and I think, "Wow, I can do this!" But I also have...
    kelseyrdh kelseyrdh
    22-25, F
    Oct 28, 2012

    Dental Hygienists Giving Local Anesthesia For Drs. Restorative Procedures

    How do other Dental Hygienists feel about giving local anesthesia for the Drs. restorative procedures. 
    Rdhsg Rdhsg
    2 Responses Apr 15, 2012

    Career And Education Advise

    I'm a senior in high school that's graduating from college at the same time with an associates degree. My grades are good but a few difficult courses have dropped my GPA lower than what I'd like. I'll be going to dental school to become a dental hygienist within two years and...
    Alysiapetti105 Alysiapetti105
    1 Response May 8, 2013

    Has Anyone Faced This Dilemma?

    I have been working in my current office for almost 6 years. I have been doing hygiene for the past 8 years. I have been very happy with my job because I work close to home, the office is modern and beautiful, I am the only hygienist and my boss is not a high stress kinda guy...
    3 Responses Jan 9, 2013
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