Dental Hygienist Spotlight: Helen

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Name: Helen

Currently going to school where? When are you graduating? Seattle Central College, June 2018

What do you love so far about dental hygiene? I love interacting with patients and providing them with the best care possible.

Your favorite subject in hygiene school? My favorite subject in hygiene school is local anesthesia.

What do you love (qualities/style of teaching, etc) in a professor/clinical instructor? I am a visual learner so I enjoy powerpoint presentations. I like having demos at the start of clinical sessions and hands on practice so I can have the actual experience during clinical sessions.

What are you hoping to do after you graduate (like where you want to work/what kind of practice?) I am hoping to work at my private practice that I have been working as a dental assistant for the past 5 years. I would also like to try temping around at other offices to see what other offices are like.

Any funny stories from hygiene school? I cannot remember any funny stories so far but if I do, I’ll make sure to share it on my page.

What interested you in starting a DH school vlog? I started dental hygiene school by creating an Instagram account to document my journey throughout the program but as I entered my 2nd year I thought it would be great to show others who are interested in the profession to see what dental hygiene school is like through vlogs of dental hygiene school and parts of my daily life which I post weekly videos on YouTube. I am hoping to spread the awareness of the profession and hopefully create videos to give tips and advice in the near future to those who are interested in becoming a dental hygienist too! My Instagram account is _dentalhygiene and my videos can be viewed through the link in my bio.

Any advice for a hygiene student just starting out? Dental hygiene school can get pretty overwhelming with the amount of course load and clinical hours to fulfill. Try to balance your life out and take it day by day. Find time for yourself to keep doing the things you enjoy and everything will be ok in the end. Teamwork is key so make sure you are always communicating and helping your classmates out.


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