Your dental hygienist is a registered health professional who specializes in oral disease prevention and treatment. You may have wondered what type of education it takes to become a hygienist, or why your hygienist chose dental hygiene as a career. We have interviewed Hollie to get some answers to these questions and more!
Q: What type of education did you receive to become a dental hygienist?
A: I went to Georgian College School of Health and Wellness and received a diploma. After that I wrote a 6 hour exam and waited patiently for the results to be released from the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. I passed first try!
Q: To keep your license (or registration) current, do you have to do any continuing education?
A: I need to complete 75 hours of continuing education classes every 3 years. The courses need to be relevant to my profession and must be submitted for approval by my regulatory body.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: I love to meet and get to know all of my patients!
Q: What is the worst part of your job?
A: I honestly cannot think of a thing I don’t like about my job. I love my profession and would not have chosen anything else!
Q: Why did you decide to become a Registered Dental Hygienist?
A: I knew from the age of 7, when I was starting my own orthodontic treatment, that I wanted to be a Dental Hygienist. They were always so kind to me!
Q: What is something most people do not know about your profession that you would like to talk about?
A: I think a number of patients do not know how much documentation is involved for each patient. We are primary health care providers and our treatment notes are similar to what a registered nurse would document regarding treatment.
Hollie certainly loves her job as a Registered Dental Hygienist! And we love that a member of our team is so passionate about oral health care. Your dental hygienist is your partner in oral health and wellbeing and loves nothing more than to see your smile!