A dental hygienist’s job is anything but routine, bringing with it plenty of opportunity in a field known for careful cleaning and perfectly polished teeth. These guardians of the mouth also keep an eye on people’s overall well-being, whether helping overcome anxieties, working with cutting-edge techniques, or researching, promoting and educating people about the profession. Possibilities are vast for those interested in the field, and author Malina Saval walks you through the choices with firsthand accounts of those loving life on the job. If you’re considering a career in dental hygiene, “Dental Hygienists: Stories from People Who’ve Done It” guides you on how the profession has evolved, offers resources to help you connect and get started and takes you through education and licensing requirements, expected earnings and where the role is in demand.
Excerpt from the book:
“Dentists don’t receive as much focused education on actually cleaning the teeth, so the dental hygienist becomes the key player is this area. For me, when you have a patient with so much damage to their gums and teeth and you help them turn everything and get healthier, that is the true reward.”
Changes in the field Pay, education and licensing The rewards of rural health care Teaching dental hygienists Opportunities in research and administration
A Little History The Profession Today The Road to the Presidency The Nitrous Oxide Study Corporate Relations The Joy of Teaching How to Get Started
Malina Saval is the author of the forthcoming "Jewish Summer Camp Mafia" and "The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens," published by Basic Books in 2009. She has been a featured guest on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," Fox News, the Patt Morrison show and Tavis Smiley.Her work has been published in the "Los Angeles Times," "Glamour," "LA Weekly," "Jerusalem Post," "Premiere," "Huffington Post," "Tablet," "The Fix" and "Variety."
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