This week we are celebrating National Dental Hygienists Week. Did you know that there are more than 26,800 Dental Hygienists currently working in Canada? The Dental Hygiene industry is the sixth largest regulated health profession and, according to Canadian Business Magazine, projected to be one of the top ten growing professions by 2020.
In honour of this exciting profession, we sat down with one of our hygienists, Saga, to find out what it’s like to be a Dental Hygienist!
1. Why did you decide to be a Dental Hygienist?
I was a Dental Assistant for eleven years, and I chose to become a Dental Hygienist because I really enjoy working with patients one-on-one to help them care for their teeth.
2. What training did you receive to become a Dental Hygienist?
A three year diploma.
3. What is your favourite part about working as a Dental Hygienist?
My favourite part is when patients achieve their dental goals and understand their oral health. I also particularly enjoy working with periodontal patients and helping them improve the health of their gums and supportive structures surrounding their teeth. In the past I worked for a Periodontist, and so I have a lot of experience in that field, which I really enjoy because I get to help patients who may not know what is going on in their mouth and help them to keep their teeth.
4. What is the most challenging part of your career?
The most challenging part is making sure patients understand their condition and the proper treatment needed for optimum oral health. It’s hard for some to understand when there is no pain and they think nothing is wrong. Periodontal disease is often called the silent tooth killer because the only visible symptom is seeing blood after brushing until it is in the advanced stages of the disease, and it is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
5. What would you say to someone considering a career as a Dental Hygienist?
It is an excellent field to choose because working as a Dental Hygienist is a rewarding, well-paying career with the opportunity to help many people achieve their oral health goals.
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