Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Busy Week!

This week has been crazy.  I have seen 4 patients! 3 of them were kids and I only was able to scale half a mouth of a class II BUT that makes for 14 quads this week!!  I did much better on my class II today, but she wasn't nearly as hard as the first one I had.  I'm feeling a little bit more confident with every patient but I still am getting the wrong end of the instrument quite often!  SO FRUSTRATING.  Anyway, I can't believe we're half way through the semester.  That makes me sooooo hopeful! I'm going to finish up my class II on Monday.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lab Day

Today reminded me of first semester.  We just learned a few new skills and chilled.  It was nice to not have to worry about cleaning someones teeth!  We got to poke each others fingers for blood glucose testing, learn how to clean dentures and how to use the diagnodent.  Now we get to pass off the PE's that go with each of those... I think I have a few people in mind of who I will do them on.  This semester is going a lot faster then I had anticipated; I cant believe we are half way done!

Monday, February 8, 2010


Today I had my first class II patient.  His lower right quad had already been scaled by a senior for "mock boards" so I KNEW I had my work cut out for me.  I started out by exploring and and trying to feel where the sub-calculus was.  I then hand scaled (my first mistake-ALWAYS use the ultrasonic first for a class II and above) my first quad.  Long story short, after hand scaling for EVER (which caused my upper back to hurt like no other) my instructor came over and told me all the places I had missed...which were a TON!!!  I just couldn't seem to feel/find the calculus like she could.  Some of the calculus felt like tooth surface to me (second mistake- DONT ASSUME its tooth surface, always assume its calculus until your fingers hurt with no avail)  After her critique I start cleaning again (ultrasonic AND hand scaling) and what seems like forever late, she comes back and I STILL have missed places!!  By this time it is time to go and my pt does not want to come back to the clinic so I really needed to get him done.  My instructor then goes ahead and helps me out and finishes scaling & irrigating with the ultrasonic.  As she is irrigating a TON of BLACK calculus comes out.  HOW DID I MISS THIS???  Seriously....I felt sooo defeated as I stood there watching her finish my patient in 10 minutes, when it had taken me 2 hours to do a BAD job.  Although she ensured me I did a good job for my first class II and that he was a tough patient (which he was) I cried after my patient left.  Why cant I seem to get this??  I need to be more aggressive with my scaling and CONFIDENT.  Without confidence I'm no better then anyone else out there.  I learned a lot today and I am ready to face the challenge again when I get my next class II.  There is a reason hygienists get paid a lot of $$.  Our job is hard!  And on that note...I'll let you know how my Wednesday patient goes. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Yay!  I finished my class 5 today and it wasnt TOO scary.  I got to use my graceys which was go really deep subgingivally and that is a little un-nerving, but the patient said it didnt hurt.  I actually completed him in 55 minutes, WOOHOO!  Anyway - I'm glad this week is OVER.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fun day in clinic

Today I was able to see a patient that I didnt know at all AND it made for a MUCH easier appointment!  I wasn't as stressed out to work on him as I usually am for someone I actually know.  He had heavy plaque and very poor OH.  I wasn't going to disclose him because I could VISIBLY see the plaque on his teeth (did I mention it was heavy?) but I ended up disclosing and it was a VERY educational experience for me and the pt.  I was able to teach him how to brush and let him demo back to me the proper technique as well.  Although he had heavy plaque and some mod. calculus, he was only a 1B.  I was able to get him finished in one appt which was great!  I love the ultrasonic!  I feel like I'm learning something everyday and its starting to make more sense.  I really love being a hygienist.  I think I might say that in every post, but isnt that a good thing?  I would hate to be in a profession that didnt THRILL me!  And calculus makes me happy! lol