I started my career as a dental nurse but knew early on that I wanted to take on more responsibility and be able to treat my own patients. I worked alongside other hygienists and saw what an important part of the dental team they were. I really admired what they did and how the job offered a chance to help and educate people.
I really enjoy my role as everyday is different, it usually involves wearing many different hats which keeps things interesting!
08.30 – Arrive at work to set up my surgery ready for the day and check my patients notes for the day ahead; checking any treatment needed which could be a simple scale and polish, more advanced periodontal treatment or cosmetic treatment such as teeth whitening or air polishing.
09.00 – First patient
09.30 – Patient (repeat ALL of above every time)
10.30 – Patient
11.45 – Patient
During lunch I tend to stock my room/Sterilize/Set up for the afternoon session
2:00 – Patient
2:45 – Patient
3:15 – Patient
3:45 – Patient
4:15 – Patient
5:00 – Patient
Close down room/take out rubbish/sterilize instruments/clean the surgery/prep for the following day.
I am usually given 30-45 minutes per patient or sometimes an hour for advanced treatment.
My days always very busy but this being said…I like the fast pace and I enjoy what I do.
I love my job as everyday is different as the needs and desires of every patient differs so my approach is always varied.
I enjoy the challenge of motivating my patients to make small changes in their daily routine that make huge differences to their health.
I enjoy the skill my job entails. The job can, at times, be quite stressful with the time pressures and the intense concentration that is required for many hours in such a small area. But generally my days are full of wonderful people, all very different, with whom I build such a rapport, I never get bored.
My job is rewarding and satisfying because I am involved in improving patients health which ultimately improves their well being.
I love working at Bishopsgate because it is an innovative practice which is always growing and using the latest ideas which allows me to experience new ideas and grow as a clinician.
I would recommended those interested in becoming a hygienist to work as a dental nurse first. This allows you to experience the field first and it gives you a basic dental knowledge before going to university which makes life a lot easier as there is a lot to learn. If you can’t get a job assisting at the very least shadow someone in the field.
The course is heavily science based so having science A levels also helps.
If you need a hygienist appointment, please don’t hesitate about contacting us. We pride ourselves on giving you the first-class care you need to keep your smile healthy. You can book online via our contact form for a dentist appointment in Liverpool Street or call us on 020 7377 6762.