So today, I had an elderly gentleman patient that had an interesting cologne. It was called B.O. Galore! Mind you I’m already put-off by this odoriferous scent, I seat him in my chair and proceed to ask him the usual questions. As I lay him back and start to work on his teeth, he reaches up to “scratch” his nose. Needless to say, a GIANT boogie the size of the man’s nostril falls right under his nose and above his lip. Now I know you might be surprised to find out that this is absolutely disgusting to me! Yes, I’m a DENTAL hygienist. No, I’m not a nasal one! Look folks, I can handle anything INSIDE the mouth but take it outside and I’m totally grossed out. As I sat stunned for a second, determining my next step, I was trying not to gag. Was I to simply blow it into oblivion with my air/water syringe, tell the patient he had a giant boogie crater on his face, ignore the mucous blob? I had to regather myself. So, I told him that I needed to look at his x-rays and pushed my chair away from him, silently praying that it would be gone when I turned around. When I got my composure back and turned back around, I was surprised to see it laying on my gauze that I had placed on his bib. That means HE KNEW it was there and left me the surprise on the gauze. Really? I cautiously proceeded to take an instrument and gently remove the gauze off of his chest onto the tray lying FACE DOWN! So, the next time you have a dental appointment, PLEASE check your bat cave for bats! A public service announcement from Heather the hygienist
When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I'm a dental hygienist, I get many different reactions. The most common reaction is surprise because generally people are totally grossed out at the thought of cleaning someone's teeth and the dentist office is usually the least sought out destination for obvious reasons.
In one of the practices I worked at, it was standard protocol that whenever a new patient came in, they would see the dentist first after getting their full set of xrays completed. I know I'm in trouble if I can hear the assistant having a hard time with them. In this particular case, I could hear the aggravation in the assistants voice when she spoke to him and I was curious as to what the problem was.
In my first full time dental hygiene job, the office was located in a Publix strip plaza. Often times I would do my grocery shopping but this particular day was especially beautiful for Florida. It was a spring day with low humidity and those don't come by too often.