Is dental hygiene harder than nursing?

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asked Sep 12 in Higher Education (university +) by Jabberwockybird (2,110 points)
Is dental hygiene harder than nursing?

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answered Sep 21 by Carrie123 (15,390 points)
Nursing is actually harder than dental hygiene and being a nurse is also harder work than dental hygiene as well but being a nurse it's not as boring as dental hygiene as you get to do different things every day.

Dental Hygiene is pretty hard work and it can get boring and repetitive and cause burn out in the job.

It also takes awhile to become qualified in Dental Hygiene but it can be a good career choice.

Dental hygienists enjoy a rewarding career that offers great work-life balance.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for dental hygienists was $76,220 in 2019. Many dental hygienists have the option to work part-time, allowing for more family time or the pursuit of other interests.

Becoming a dental hygienist offers a great salary with a shorter drive to the career destination.

Dentists must earn a bachelor’s degree (about four years of school), plus a two- to four- year residency, plus two- to five- years in training if they want to get into research or education.

How long does it take to become a dental hygienist? Two to three years from start to finish.

Dental hygienists work directly with patients, cleaning teeth, assessing oral health, and taking X-Rays and other important health documents as needed.

And the need for these masters of oral care is not slowing down. In fact, the BLS expects this role to grow 6 percent over the next several years, which is faster than the average for all occupations!

A hands-on career helping patients, a solid salary, and a bright outlook.

The disadvantages of being a dental hygienists include the stress, monotony, stress on your body, the hours worked, being overworked, having to clean peoples mouths and dental problems etc.

For some people being a dental hygienist takes a toll on them and they get burnt out.

A dental hygiene job requires physical demands that will cause musculoskeletal problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome.

This is due to repetitive work, incorrect posture, and non-ideal instruments.

The monotony can take a toll and is one of the top disadvantages of being a dental hygienist.

It can lead to burnout as hygienists find that the repetitive work becomes dull, unchallenging and uninteresting. The job also lacks variety.

Hygienists perform the same tasks at every clinic.

Dental hygiene is considered to be a trade.

Dental hygienists receive their education through academic programs at community colleges, technical colleges, dental schools or universities.

A dental hygienist works on average of 31 to 35 hours per week and new dental hygienists typically work 36 to 40 hours per week.

Getting into dental hygiene is pretty hard and it's pretty competitive although dental hygiene will still be in demand so it's a good career to get into if you can.

Dental Hygiene School is pretty competitive and it's pretty hard to get into dental hygiene school if you don't have a good enough GPA.

The higher your GPA the more chance you have at getting into dental hygiene school.

To get into dental hygiene school you need around a 3.79 GPA or higher and the higher your GPA the better.

To become a dental hygienist you'll need to go to college to learn all the stuff needed to become a dental hygienist where you'll learn about dental hygiene such as mouth cleaning, cleaning of gums, cleaning of teeth, doing temporary fillings, treating tooth infections, treating gum disease.

Other skills you need to be a dental hygienist are great communication skills, removing deposits from teeth, compassion for the patient, attention to detail, problem solving skills and Manual dexterity.

You'll also need to be skilled in applying fluoride treatments as well.

A dental hygienist is sort of like a nurse for the dentist field.

But you can think of a dental hygienist as being more of a helper to the regular dentist but they do have some medical qualifications to help treat tooth infections, gum disease and clean your mouth and teeth to keep them healthy.

Yes being a dental hygienist can be a stressful job to some especially if you don't really love the Job.

Some dental hygienists love their job and say they are not stressed but they probably really are stressed at least some even though you love the job.

I'm sure that all people are stressed out at their jobs no matter how much they love it.

I love kids and used to work at a daycare center and I was still stressed and had to quit even though I loved the job and the kids.

Sometimes dental hygienists will fill cavities but not all will do so and most dental hygienists will have a dentist do the cavities fillings.

But dental hygienists can do a temporary cavity filling and then have you set up another dental appointment and a regular dentist will then permanently fill in your cavity.

Yes a dental hygienist does wear scrubs when they are working on the patient.

The dental hygienist not only wears scrubs but will wash their hands before and after working on your mouth and teeth and will be wearing rubber gloves.

The job of a dental hygienist is to examine the dental patients for signs of any possible oral diseases including things such as gingivitis, and provide preventive care, including oral cleaning and teeth cleaning.

If you need a tooth pulled then a regular dentist who has qualifications in pulling teeth will be the one to do that.

The dental hygienist would not pull your teeth because that is not in their job or qualifications for it.

A dental hygienist will also give you education about keeping your teeth, gums and mouth clean and healthy.

Being a dental hygienist is a good career choice and they will always be in demand and being a dental hygienist you can earn around $72,000.00 per year which is pretty good but it does take some study in college to become a dental hygienist but it's one job that will be always around.

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