How has the hygiene world changed since you started?
There is much more technology than there was when I went to school. I learned how to take x-rays the “old fashioned” way using films and a darkroom. Patients had paper charts and we mainly used hand instruments for cleaning appointments. Working at Parkview, I am able to take digital x-rays, chart on the computer, and use an ultrasonic scaler for cleanings. We also have a panoramic x-ray machine for taking images of the full dentition and jaw, as well as the Diagnodent that is used to detect weakness in the enamel before it can be detected on radiographs.
What do you like most about your profession?
I like being able to help patients improve and maintain their oral health. I especially enjoy helping patients that haven’t been to the dentist for a while, who are anxious about receiving dental treatment, or who are trying to overcome difficult dental experiences they have had in the past. I want them to know that we are here to help them with these things, and not to judge. I have really enjoyed working with our patients at Parkview, and am hoping to continue getting to know them in the years to come!
Any other fun information you would like to share about you and your career?
I am currently taking classes in the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I am excited to be increasing my knowledge of dental hygiene practices, and am looking forward to graduating and receiving my Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in May 2014.