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Awesomely Awkward

In honor of all of our hard work on the "ship", the "captain" rewarded the staff by purchasing Chipotle for lunch. The idea of actually saying "thank you" or offering time off is not generally the first thought at my... Continue Reading →

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School Shopping 

   When I was applying to hygiene school I was dead set on attending the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. I had a four year degree from Howard University that cost as much as a small condo, Bentley coupe,... Continue Reading →

Happy Dental Hygiene Month:Hygiene Heaven 

As dental hygiene month comes to a close, I have been imagining a place that would make Irene Newman proud. Today I took a temporary placement in Wheaton, Maryland. Wheaton is in Montgomery County but very different from the aforementioned... Continue Reading →

Hello my name is Boobs

   I figured adulthood would be filled with freedom. As an adult I would have my own space, money, and the ability to chart my own life's course. I mean obviously there would be responsibilities and those pesky bills, but... Continue Reading →

Granny and the Grand Request 

   At our public health clinic we have fresh, young faces. 3/4 of our full time dentists have less than 4 years of experience. A position at my clinic would be a great residency for any dentist who wants to... Continue Reading →

Grownup Situations 

   At my job we have a patient goal of 15 patients in 8.5 clinic hours. This is a seemingly unrealistic goal but somehow by the grace of baby Jesus we make our goal.     In spite of time constraints,... Continue Reading →

Hygiene Horror

      I occasionally supplement my public health wages by working as a temporary dental hygienist. I work in the District of Columbia and Maryland in private practices that range from high tech dental sanctuaries to places that I call... Continue Reading →

Ode to ODU 11/12

My favorite explorer is the ODU 11/12. Mrs. Schneiderman introduced us in dental hygiene school and we have been best friends ever since. It helps detect subgingival calculus and root irregularities with it's long curvaceous toe.      With great... Continue Reading →

My pet named Peeve

I temped today in Rockville, Maryland. If Maryland was depicted in Monopoly game, Rockville would be heading towards Boardwalk Ave or Park Place. It is certainly the high rent district. The patients are normally older, retired with a mouth full... Continue Reading →

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