Is it hard for a male Dental Hygienist to find Work?
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Question by Benjamin: Is it hard for a male Dental Hygienist to find Work?
I am considering becoming a dental hygienist but I was born with a pair of balls…will it be hard for me to find a job in this field. Please someone f@$ #ing answer me I am going crazy!!
Answer by Nebula D
I’m a dentist.
For what it’s worth….
If I had to choose between hiring a male hygienist and a female hygienist, assuming all other things were equal, I’d go with the female hygienist.
Unfortunately, a dental practice is much more of a customer-service oriented business than, say, a medical practice. As such, we want to hire employees that make patients comfortable. Part of that means hiring people who will meet patients’ expectations. Most patients expect female hygienists. As a dentist, I would imagine that some patients would be a little put-off by a male hygienist. It’s a wrinkle I just wouldn’t want to add to my practice.
Now, I will gladly admit to the fact that I have worked with female hygienists who were not well-liked by the practice’s patients–i.e. I’d hear some patients accuse a certain female hygienist of being “rough” or “rude”. I would imagine, though, that patients would more readily make such accusations about a male hygienist.
But that’s just me. Of course, there may be a lot of other dentists like me.
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