(Closed) This is horrible…

posted 6 years ago in College
  • poll: What is your advice to me?
    Stay and get your DDS : (103 votes)
    86 %
    Go to hygiene school : (5 votes)
    4 %
    Go to hygiene for now, work for a few years, then pursue DDS when you're more "settled" : (12 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    1318 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I am a dental assistant who considered hygiene school… the problem with hygiene school is that even though it is super competitive, they are still producing more hygienists than there are job openings…. only about half of hygiene graduates end up in the field at all. I’ve been in offices for about 7 years and have seen how desperate some of these girls are and it breaks my heart. Also, do NOT give up on dental school!!! I’ve wanted to go to dental school since I was 11, but I screwed that up when I let me life get in the way of my school work. 

    Post # 4
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    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I would go to dental school. Getting into dental school is a big accomplishment and I’d be worried about regretting my decision later. 

    Post # 5
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    13 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    How long is the dental hygenist program? Is it something you could complete in two years? Then you could get a job as a hygenist while going to school to become a DDS. The hygenists I know (MN) tend to work part time, so it seems feasible to go to school at the same time. Plus, the experience would only help you as a DDS.

    If it is not possible to do the above, I would recommend staying on the course your’re currently on. I dropped out of school a few times to change careers/work to stay afloat and never ended up finishing a degree of any kind. Not saying you would do that, but it is a huge regret of mine. (Though, to be honest, I’ve been blessed to have worked my way up the ladder so to speak and have a career I am proud of.)

    Post # 6
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    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would do it now. It’s always harder to go back to school once you have a job. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    6741 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    How much would it cost you to go to DDS vs. CC?

    How much is the starting salary for each?

    Post # 8
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    470 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I was a dental assistant in a very busy multiple doctor practice as well as a small family practice. One thing I can say is Hygentist work their A** off. In both offices the hygentist was expected to do a patient every 20-30 minutes. I often cleaned up their rooms anytime I had a second so they didn’t fall too far behind on their schedule. They never worked full time hours because they needed days off to recover their hands after seeing that many patients. They truely worked harder than any other employee in the office.

    Post # 11
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    1318 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @IowaDDS13:  Free?!?!?! Go to dental school!!! I will hunt you down if you don’t!! I know it’s hard to plan that far in the future when you just want to settle down and be a family now, but look at it this way: You will never regret getting your dental degree, but you may regret not doing it!!

    Post # 12
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    6741 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @IowaDDS13:  If you’re going to dental school for free on scholarship, GO TO DENTAL SCHOOL.  This isn’t even a question at this point!!  Suffer now for a better future.  Especially one without any debt. 

    Don’t change and sacrafice your dreams now just because you’re getting married.  If you weren’t getting married, would this even be a question???

    At least when you go to dental school, you can always open up your own practice and work for yourself, right?  You won’t really have the option of working for yourself as a dental hygienist, right?

    Post # 13
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    4477 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @IowaDDS13:  Considering all the advantages of dental school, and how well you’ll do as a dentist, dental school sounds like the better choice in the long-run.  It sounds like your reasons for not wanting to go are more short-term and have more to do with being impatient at getting a career going.

    Post # 14
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    6741 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @IowaDDS13:  Making $250k does NOT compare by any means to making $67k.  $67k is a good salary, but there may be times you struggle.  $250k opens up so many doors for you.  And going to school for free?  I would have given an arm for that opportunity.  Please don’t waste it!!!!!! 

    Post # 15
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    777 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Okay, so walking away from a free ride to dental school seems a bit crazy. However, I can fully understand not wanting the pressure or time commitment or additional years in school of a career as a dentist. If you value free time and a low-stress existence over a huge salary or are feeling a bit burnt out on school, then maybe a different career is a better fit.

    However, I really, really, really think you should finish school at your university. You have an immaculate GPA in a difficult and valuable major. If you decide later in life that being a dental hygienist forever is not for you, your university degree will likely serve you much better than a CC degree would. Couldn’t you graduate from college and then enroll in the dental hygiene program?

    Also, bear in mind that you probably aren’t going to make anywhere near $67k a year starting out.

    Post # 16
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    2224 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Finish and be a DDS! Are you crazy? 🙂 

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