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Should I be a dental hygenist or a dentist?

I don't care which one I just want to be part of a dental field. #dental-hygienist #dentistry #dental

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Julianne’s Answer

Hi Abby,

Both are great professions to pursue. Something big to think about is what kind of work environment and general lifestyle seems like a better fit for you. A big difference between being a dentist and a dental hygienist is the level of responsibility and flexibility you get with each. With being a dentist, you are able to see a variety of different cases, set your own schedule, and be your own boss by owning your own practice. Being a dental hygienist is also great - you are the first line provider that gets to build a relationship with long-term patients. However, you may not get the same flexibility and autonomy as a dentist may have. But it all depends on what you are looking for! Good luck.
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Ann’s Answer

Hi Abby,

That is completely up to you! I would recommend contacting a local dentists office and asking if you can come in for informational interviews with the dentist and a hygienist. This will help you get a better understanding of both roles to help make your decision. Good luck!
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