Post # 1
Im just wondering if any of y’all are dental hygienist? I’m currently in school for dental assisting to help me gain more points for the dental hygiene program. I’m struggling with assisting and scared to see what hygiene is going to be like. So how was school for you? Is it really worth it in the end? Any good tips for the future ahead? I know hygienist can work 2-3 days a week and I’m wondering on how that works if anyone can explain that better, since salary in my state is around 60K-100K for a hygienest I’m just confused how you can make that only working a few days.
Post # 2
I’ve been a dental assistant for 6 years and just moved up to front desk actually. Assisting school or hygiene school is very intense and stressful, I will say offices are not how school was at all for me. Hygienist can get away with only working 2-3 days because most dentists (not sure what state you’re in) will pay 40-50$ an hour! Good luck and you’ll do great! I enjoy the dental field, it’s all about finding a good doc to work for though so be picky.
Post # 3
I have family in the dental business, Brother-In-Law talks about how ridiculously expensive the schooling is and how much debt people go into for it. Having said that I also see their lifestyle and his friends…wishing I had become a dentist
Post # 4
flower2019 : Hello! I am a dental technician and have been for 3 years. It’s a little different than assisting and hygiene in that I don’t work directly with patients, I work in a lab and fabricate crowns, bridges, dentures, partial dentuers, and orthodontic appliances! It’s pretty cool. I got my degree from a local community college and have 0 debt. A lot of community colleges that have the dental hygiene program are very affordable and I believe the program is 5 semesters (could be wrong). A lot of dentists don’t work 5 days a week, and some offices that work 5 days a week close at noon or something like that. It is definitely about finding a good doctor to work for, but it is very easy to make a living cleaning teeth! And as far as school goes, as long as you’re passionate about it and want to be the best you can be, then you will do just fine. Good luck and stay toothy!
Post # 5
I did hygiene in the USAF before I became a nurse. I didn’t like it. My patients were all active duty healthy individuals so that part was okay. However we would also see retirees and omg… calculus so thick it was the only thing holding most of their teeth in their mouth…bologna used to seat dentures…meat in a warm moist place…ewwwwww.
People don’t like going to the dentist. They complain you’re hurting them and it makes you feel like a bad person after a while. As a nurse they’re excited to see you, so much better. But some people like it! Now dental lab was something I adored, a dream job, but it doesn’t pay as well.
Post # 6
I’m doing the exact same thing right now. I worked in an office for a year mainly as a circulating assistant since I was certified to do anything but take x-rays.. but I loved it and decided that I wanted to become a hygienist. So I decided to go to assisting school and then bridge. I didn’t want to go straight to hygiene school for multiple reasons but mainly because of how competitve it is and i didn’t think that I would get accepeted for the first few times without bridging. I absolutley love the field. Some days are tougher than others for sure. It can be hard because like others have said most of the time people are not happy to be there and are anxious, etc but it is very rewarding and you just have to build confidence with your pateints. I’ve been in school since August and we’ve done a little bit of clinicals.. but it is much different that my office.
I know a lot of people who have started as assistants and then bridged after their one year of working. I personally think that it’s the best way because it gives you experience in the field and lets you make sure that you love it before you commit two full years of school, money and time. Also, while in school reading the chapters BEFORE the lecture is so so so helpful!