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Leaving Behind Calculus

I have worked in my current office going on a year now and graduated hygiene school in 2017. Due to my delayed license and lack of job openings in my area, I would say I only have a year experience out of school. My doctor just recently confronted me about leaving behind plaque and said he had to pick up a scaler to remove it (I’m assuming he meant calculus). I have never been confronted about this before but he made it seem like I have always left behind calculus. It makes me feel inadequate as a hygienist hygienist… especially having a year experience out of school. I know I’m not perfect and can always use improvement! He also confronted me about anesthetizing his patients and said I didn’t get his patient “profoundly numb”…. mind you he was extracting all of his upper teeth! He said I only numbed the soft tissue and need to work on my technique. Lately I feel like I can’t do anything right!

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My question would be, was this constructive criticism or the opposite? No one is perfect, we all miss calculus and plaque despite trying our best. Also, all patients are unique and have different anatomy, so sometimes getting a patient profoundly anesthetized can be difficult. Perhaps the doctor is trying to help you be a better clinician. It’s easy to feel defeated, but please don’t. If the doctor was coming from a good place when letting you know, use it as a learning experience!

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