Somebody's Got To Do It

I was trying to figure out what to post for today. I'm afraid I didn't have anything prepared, and when Wyatt went to bed early last night, I decided I'd much rather read than write an involved blog post.

I decided to look at some of my unpublished blog posts. There are a few gems hiding there that never got posted for some odd reason.

This post, for example, was written in November 2009. That's a long time ago. I think someone must have given me a hard time about my job, hence inspiring the following monologue.

(For those of you who may be new to my blog, I'm a dental hygienist. People love to ask why dental hygienists would choose to scrape gunk off people's teeth for a career. It's like a broken record.)

Does anyone ever give any of you a hard time about your chosen profession?

Without further ado, here is the post I found hiding in the 575 posts I've written thus far in my blogging career. Enjoy!




Somebody's Got To Do It


"So did you just wake up one day and decide to clean people's teeth for the rest of your life?"

"I don't know how you can do this job day in and day out."

"What made you want to stare into people's mouths for a career?"

I've been asked these questions or various forms of these questions ever since I decided to be a dental hygienist. People ask me quite frequently why I would want to clean teeth for a living.

First I would like to point out that I do alot more than just cleaning teeth - I take x-rays, provide oral hygiene education to patients, screen for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment, perform oral cancer screenings, place sealants (which are kind of like little preventative fillings for teeth that have deep grooves), perform prophies (which are like basic cleanings), and perform root planings (which are deeper, more involved cleanings).

Besides the fact that I don't just clean teeth, I really actually like cleaning teeth. Especially when there is alot of calculus (tartar). What I really love is when a patient has big chunks of calculus that just flake off - so exciting!

I always like cleaning things when I can actually see the difference. Like dusting - if you dust a clean surface it's just not very fun, but if there is alot of dust it's so fun to wipe it off and see the difference.

Do any of you know what I mean?

However, I am not in any way condoning not flossing or brushing so that your hygienist's job will be more exciting. You know what makes a hygienist happy? An easy hour of the day. You know what makes for an easy hour of work? A bright, clean mouth. The secret to a happy dental visit? Keep those teeth clean between visits! And that means floss, floss, floss!

'Kay, stepping off the soapbox . . .






P.S. The newborn photos from one of our sessions are in! Stay tuned . . .
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Kara @ Just1Step said...

I TOTALLY understand what you mean about liking cleaning something dirty and seeing the end result! I'm the same way about dusting, or mowing the lawn. Man I love mowing the lawn, just for that purpose. I feel like the end result is always so clean, crisp, and beautiful. :)

Amber said...

Haha! I love this! You know why? Because I can relate with my mom being a hygienist. She gets asked the exact same things all the time and her responses are very similar to yours! And I'm pretty sure she asks me every time I see her if I'm flossing regularly, especially with being pregnant...lol. Gotta love it. And I think it's great that you enjoy it. I'd MUCH rather have a hygienist cleaning my teeth that really enjoys the job as opposed to someone who hates what they're doing!

Jessica said...

I enjoyed reading this post and finding more about what you do! Sounds like a really interesting job that keeps you very busy!

Anonymous said...

This is Hilarious! At my last cleaning, the hygeniest insulted my career: "I can't imagine why anyone would want to do That? Do you actually find that Interesting?" I was shocked and responded that it is a heck of a lot more interesting than staring into people's mouths all day. She was asking for it by going on and on about how strange and unenjoyable my job must be, she should have just not asked what I do....

Tiffany Jean said...

So happy to have read this post...I found your blog on From Mrs. to Mama where you commented about her dental visit for a root canal. I am a hygienist and LOVE those patients with the "heavy lower anterior calc" :D But equally love those beautiful, clean healthy teeth and tissues that make that hour go by so quickly. PS: loved your pregnancy posts--just got through browsing them :) Hubs and I are starting to try for our 1st and I can't get enough of everyone else's pregnancy stories.

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