What Dental Hygienists Love About Their Career

HealthcareJanuary 25, 2019

You are interested in being a dental hygienist, but want to know more about the perks of the profession – then who better to ask than a pro?

Fortis College Dental Hygiene Program Director Melinda Monteiro loves witnessing her dental hygiene students succeed. She shares her real-life experiences with them, in the clinic and in the classroom, as both director and an instructor.

If you are considering a career as a dental hygienist, Director Monteiro has shared some of her wisdom (teeth) on why she and her students love their careers:


“I love helping patients save their teeth, boosting their confidence and improving their overall health,” says Monteiro. “Drawing attention to a patient’s oral health can truly enhance their quality of life.”

Work-Life Balance

Many hygienists love the flexibility the profession affords, working full-time or part-time. They enjoy the benefits of having nights and weekends free which leaves room for passion projects and hobbies during their off hours. 

Patient Education

“I love the opportunity to build a rapport with patients so we can better educate them on oral health,” she says.

Rewarding Career

Dental hygienists go through rigorous schooling and testing to prepare to take the test to become licensed. This gives them a sense of job satisfaction that many people who earn a traditional liberal arts education may not achieve. Training to become a dental hygienist is much more than just earning a college degree.

“The program is extremely demanding,” says Monteiro. “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to their studies and patients – but it all leads to a rewarding and wonderful career.”

Fortis offers its Dental Hygiene program at campuses in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, and Utah. Dental Assistant training is offered at campuses in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.  If you are interested in a career in the dental profession, check out our Fortis dental programs or call 1-855-436-7847 for more information.

There are many aspects of the job that dental hygienists love including work-life balance, patient education, and confidence boosting. Could this be the career for you?

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