Dental hygienists have
a diverse set of personality traits that allow them to work very closely with
A successful dental hygienist is...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.