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Working as a Dental Hygienist has become a true passion of mine. I love science and anatomy and the social interaction that comes with it. Every hour on the hour is a new patient, new story, new experience and it’s very rewarding feeling that I’m helping someone or educating them on bettering their oral health. When it comes to the uniform I’ve always felt a little disappointed. Some people love wearing scrubs daily, they say it’s like wearing pajamas all day every day. I however missed getting up and getting dressed in cute clothes. Another reason for my distaste in scrubs is I’ve always had a hard time finding ones that I liked that also fit well until I found scrubsandbeyond.com. Their selection of brands and sizes made shopping for scrubs so incredibly easy. My favorite brand has been WonderWink. Often times scrubs are way too large for me. At only 5’1” I looked like I was wearing garbybags (not cute) Scrubs and Beyond makes it easy to shop for all inclusive sizes. I also love the variety of antimicrobial scrubs that that offer. Working in dental during COVID is stressful enough so it’s added peace of mind knowing that my scrubs are providing extra protection for me.
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When it comes to Dental Hygiene and our own homecare there are a couple to products that I always recommend to may patients. As a rule of thumb you should be brushing your teeth for two full minutes twice a day, flossing your teeth 1-2x a day and as an added benefit your can add a waterpik to your routine to help remove anything that may be left behind. If you truly hate flossing or can not manage to do it then you should use a waterpik twice a day. Adequate homecare can help prevent cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease which is an infection in the gum tissue that can lead to bone loss and tooth loss. Nobody wants that and these products can help prevent them from occurring.
The first product that I recommend to every patient is a good electric toothbrush. I personally love the Philips Sonicare line. It is the only line of brushes that pulses fluid between the teeth and along the gum line to help remove plaque and debris. The Diamond Clean is my favorite brush, now I know it is expensive but its a great option for a gift as we move in to the holiday season. If you’re looking for a less expensive option than the FlexCare is a great option too. The main thing to look for is that it is timed for 2 minutes, has a pressure sensor to alert you if you are scrubbing too hard and is rechargeable.
As far as a waterpik goes I usually will recommend the Waterpik Cordless Waterflosser. More often than not people will purchase a traditional waterpik, set it up on their bathroom counter, use it for a week or so and then get tired of looking at it and put it in the closet only to never use it again. The Cordless Waterflosser is rechargeable and can be used in the shower. It looks like a larger electric toothbrush and can be easily stored in a drawer or even left in the shower. Its convenient to travel with as well, just empty the back reservoir and put it in your bag!
I realize investing in some of these items can be expensive but fillings, crowns, gum disease are very expensive to treat so good oral hygiene is worth the investment. They can be great options for gifts around the holidays or if you’re getting married you can add them to your registry! They can be found at most local stores and also Amazon. You also may be able to use a coupon when shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond
I often get asked how I handle cleaning teeth and being in mouths all day long and the simple answer is, I love it! I find being a Dental Hygienist very rewarding. My day is filled with new people, new conversation, new experiences every hour on the hour each day that I am at work.