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5 things to know before deciding to be a dental hygienist

A career in dental hygiene puts you in a position to help others while working in a growing, lucrative field. Working as an oral healthcare professional is a great choice for many reasons, but it’s not for everyone. Before spending the money, time and effort to become a registered dental hygienist (RDH), it’s important to know as much as possible about the job. Here are a few things to...

"I'm a dental hygienist. Can I be an independent contractor?"
Can dental offices classify dental hygienists as independent contractors, instead of as employees? There’s no shortage of people willing to offer opinions on the matter—practice owners, hygienists, teachers, consultants. Often, they all fall into one of two camps.

Some will tell you that a dental office is completely within its rights to treat you as an independent contractor, if that’s what...

Difference between RDH vs dentist

If you’re already a dental hygienist or a dentist, you may find yourself explaining to your friends, family and patients how one job is different from the other. If you’re considering a career in dentistry, you may not be certain which path to take. There are so many types of  oral health care professionals (dental hygienist, dental assistant, dentist and specialist, to name a few).

5 dental hygienists share stories of their early job adventures

Working as a registered dental hygienist has both its perks and its downsides. They say that once you’ve gone through your RDH program, completed your licensing requirements and registered with a dental association, you’re ready to enter the real world. Of course, that “real world” is full of surprises. Here, five dental hygienists tell us about their adventures in job hunting and working for the first time as fully licensed oral health care professionals.

Why can’t dental hygienists find more flexible jobs?

Work is changing. It’s true for professionals in every sector. Businesses are hiring freelancers and consultants instead of full-time workers. People are leaving corporate jobs and starting their own small businesses. The Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences reports that 60 million Americans will be self-employed by 2020. In every sector, people are offering their talents and skills directly to businesses and individuals.

Dentistry’s bright future will make you glad you’re a dental professional

Dentistry is one of those in-demand fields that will always be important. People will always need help keeping their mouths healthy. As science tells us more about the importance of oral hygiene and cosmetic dentistry becomes more popular, the need for outstanding dental professionals will keep growing. Add to that an aging population that will need more dental care in the next few years. The outlook for dentistry is extremely bright.

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