Dental Hygienists

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I clearly remember visiting the Dentist when I was nine years old and how much I enjoyed the office’s aroma. I frequently visit my Dentist office, not because I needed but I wanted be there. I had the opportunity to learn how to mix amalgam, how to prepare prophylaxis paste, and how to clean and sterilize instruments at early age. Ever since I can remember I knew that I wanted to work in the dental field. For that reason, it was a surprise for me that Dental field was not the unique career which corresponds with my interest and personality type. Even though Dental Hygiene was not in my top ten strong occupations, it fit in the first two of five top interest areas according to the Strong Interest Inventory.

While doing my research, I understand the difference between an associate degree and a bachelor degree. For instance, I did not know that to become a dental hygienist in the United States we can choose between pursue a certification course, bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or even master’s degree (American Dental Hygienist’ Association).

Primarily, I chose this career considering my life priorities. For me, it is very important to spend time with my children, and to be an active figure in their lives. This career offers me security and flexible work hours, with plenty of opportunity for advancement in several fields such as education, research, and public health. Moreover, this career incorporates both my past education and practical work skills. The second reason why a chose this career was knowing that the profession of dental hygiene is entering a truly exciting time. The proven success of dental hygiene diagnosis and treatment planning as well as related preventive care are also now being recognized.

I figured out that Myers-Briggs Type Indicator describes me quite well. I am a sensible, practical, realistic, calm, orderly and traditional; such characteristics are needed to be a good dental hygienist. A professional in this field has an outgoing...
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