Based on 1,157 responses, the job of Dental Hygienist has received a job satisfaction rating of 4.04 out of 5. On average, Dental Hygienists are highly satisfied with their job.
Q: What is it like working as a Dental Hygienist?
All the information you learn during school comes down to some basic important items to look for and discuss with patient.
"Do Not Participate in Office Gossip."
Make an effort to get along with all co-workers. Never start or perpetuate office rumors or gossip. Understand that in a dental environment you will occasionally have to pick up the slack for someone else. You do what needs to be done to keep the office running on schedule even if it's not your official job duty. If you feel that you are doing this too often and your coworkers are not being team players (and nothing is being done by "the people in charge"), then maybe you should start looking for another place of employment because you will get worn out and start to resent your co-workers. As a result patients one way or the other, will not receive the treatment they deserve.
"It can be challenging and rewarding at the same time."
Pros: Helping others attain optimal oral health. Caries and periodontal prevention.
Cons: Rude people. It can be hard on the body, hands especially. Fast paced, little time between patients. Heavy work load. Stressful. Poorly booked schedules.
Pros: Flexible, conditions, friends, patients,
Cons: Lack of space, bathroom accomadation, lack of enough equipment, no raises.
"Physiological (Musculoskeletal) risks."
Try to alternate working on the left and right sides of your patient, learn stretching exercises, and work with a Chiropractor and an Excercise Physiologist early in your career to avoid musculoskeltal problems of your head, neck, and shoulders.
"45 years in profession."
1.) Take care of your back. 2.) Profession does not have many benefits so think about what you want and expect out of a job. 3.) Hours are good but not a lot of flexibility for taking time off unless you have someone to cover for you. 4.) Usually no scheduled raises.
"It's very rewarding."
Pros: Dental hygiene is a very rewarding field to be in.
Cons: Can be stressful and pay can be low.