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Wanting to go to School

Hello! I am strongly considering going to school in January to be a dental hygienist. For those that have graduated, is the job what you thought it would be? Is it better/worse? What do your work weeks typically look like? Can you choose to only work with children or do you have to do anyone thrown your way?

For those in Wisconsin, what school did you attend?



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If you have a clear picture of what the dental hygiene profession looks like, you can have a better understanding if it’s for you and if it meets your expectations. I would recommend shadowing a dental hygienist, or several at different offices, to see if its for you. There is a lot of information online about what it’s like to be a dental hygienist.
 
There are options on how much you work or not. Some offices are open 4 days per week and some are open 7 days per week. Some hygienists work full time, while others work part-time. Some hygienists work for multiple offices to get the hours they want, while others do temp and fill in work to get more hours.
 
There are pedo offices, meaning they only treat kids. Their are periodontal offices, where most likely you will see only adults. A general dentistry office most likely sees both kids and adults.
 
When it comes to schools to attend, you need to go to an accredited program. I would highly suggest attending a community college or university over a trade school that’s purely for-profit.

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