The Benefits of a Dental Hygienist over a Dentist
July 17, 2013
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If you’re interested in the dental industry, it can be difficult to choose between becoming a dental hygienist and a dentist. The roles are similar, and we know you’re probably wondering how to find the better fit. We’ve researched the differences and want to help you by showing you the benefits of dental hygiene over dentistry:
- Less training
- More scheduling freedom
- More patient interaction
Many might think it’s always better to go for the higher-paying job, which is dentistry in this case. However, that requires at least eight years of school and a lot of complicated entrepreneurial work to start your own business. Dental hygienists still have intense technical training, but they can finish their schooling in three or four years of full-time enrollment. They also have an easier time starting work as they simply find already-existing dentist offices.
Usually, multiple hygienists are employed at a dentist office, while there can be few as one dentist at an office. This allows for increased freedom in scheduling for the dental hygienists. You can find an office that offers part-time or flex hours that fit your schedule rather than carrying the responsibility of being the only kind of your trade at an office.
Because dental hygienists do most of the cleaning and basic work, they often experience more patient interaction than dentists. If you enjoy being around people, dental hygiene might be the better field. Dentists do interact with patients, but they also do a lot of technical work and analysis. Hygienists are with the patient for the majority of a visit, answering questions and mediating communication between the dentist and patient. As you continue to consider your options, remember that dental hygienists should communicate well, be content with less training and enjoy being in an assistant role.
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