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 of implants, crowns or other expensive procedures. Well to do individuals with well to do teeth and a serving of periodontal disease of course.
The typical Rockville patient sees the dentist, physician, ENT, chiropractor, herbalist and a long list of other providers in an effort to stay healthy. They are a mix between the granola head and the Bloomingdales shopper. Staying healthy is a beautiful thing!
However, a patient that sees this many providers without a systemic condition knows way too much about themselves.
I realized this today after taking a really sweet, healthy patient’s medical history for over twenty minutes. These patients are so informed in terms of their health, it must be exhausting. I finally came to the conclusion that these patients are a bit difficult in comparison to my beloved clinic patients.
I have decided that my day of meeting 7 amazing patients in Rockville provided excellent material to outline my dental hygienist pet peeves.
5. Amphibians: the patient who licks my finger the entire time. We just met I mean you could ask for my number first.
6. Geisha girls-patients that put all 42 inches of their hair behind their head in a bun make it very difficult to see the top teeth. Please Princess Leia you are killing my back.
In all honesty all of the aforementioned traits are held by some of my favorite people. They are my pet peeves because it makes it more difficult to do my job. But rest assure I get the job done well. There are tricks of the trade for every pet peeve.