COMMON TRAITS OF A DENTAL HYGIENIST

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From ADEA
Dental hygienists have a diverse set of personality traits that allow them to work very closely with patients.

A successful dental hygienist is...

Patient and understanding.
Some patients may be uneasy about dental work and oral examinations. A good dental hygienist is patient with people who may be afraid of coming into the dental office and will be understanding about their fears. A dental hygienist should work to make the patient relaxed and comfortable and should fully explain the health reasons and steps behind everything he or she does inside the patient’s mouth.

Detail-oriented.
The mouth is a very small space, so it’s essential that a dental hygienist pays careful attention to detail when working in a patient’s mouth. Dexterity is also incredibly important in such a small space, as the slightest nudge to a sensitive tooth can be extremely painful for a patient.

Passionate.
Part of a dental hygienist’s job is to educate patients about good oral health practices. A dental hygienist that is passionate about oral health and general health can be a role model to patients and help them modify their behaviors to focus on preventative maintenance on their teeth and gums to avoid disease in the future.

Sturdy on his/her feet.
Dental hygienists are moving throughout the day sometimes sitting, standing, working with repetitive motions, and moving around the clinical environment. It is important that a dental hygienist possesses the physical stamina to keep this up throughout the entire day.

Positive.
A positive attitude goes a long way as a dental hygienist. Many patients prefer energetic, friendly and outgoing hygienists to ease some of their stress about coming to the dentist’s office.

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