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Life on the other side of the Dental Chair

July 17th, 2008 at 12:55 am

First day at the new 1-day-a-week office. Not great, but it's a paycheck that will go entirely to the debt.

It wasn't a terrible office, but it still made me appreciate my 3-day-a-week office even more than I already did. Little stuff like they only give out toothbrushes and no extras like floss, proxybrushes and endtuft brushes to patients who have special needs. They keep the toothbrushes at the front desk which makes me think I am not expected to teach home care to my patients. That's not cool. That is one of my most valuable and important skills.


The office seems "cheap" as far as supplies go also, which is also "not cool" since they were explaining that the doc does not want me to use a new mask for every patient...um, not gonna happen, sorry. That mask is to protect my health and the health of my patients and I definitely will not compromise on that stuff.

We'll see how long I last. I may jump ship if my specifications are not met, or they may fire me because I have specifications! Wink

3 Responses to “Life on the other side of the Dental Chair”

  1. JanH Says:

    Wow, my mom left her old dentist because he wouldn't start using gloves. Good for you for sticking with health and safety for you and your patients. I'd rather have someone like you taking care of my teeth!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I completely understand your point of view, too. Enjoy the extra money while it works out. Keep an eye open for other offices to work at.

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    This is a huge reason why I go to a dental school to get my work done. They are very big on hygiene and swapping out gloves, etc. I never had good experiences with that with regular dentists.

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