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These dental hygienist skills are in high demand

Some dental hygienist skills—like dexterity and timeliness—will always be valued when working at a dental practice. However, the nature of dentistry is ever-changing and in today’s job market, you need to constantly update and sharpen your dental hygienist skills.

If you’re looking to make a statement at your next interview, mentioning your ability in these areas could help you land the job!

Dental Hygienist Skill: You’re Comfortable With New Technology

Our society’s reliance on technology isn’t anything new. As dental professionals, we’ve been using computers for years to manage patients, schedule appointments, and compile critical information for dentists. Yet, beyond our day-to-day tasks, many hygienists have found themselves helping out in other, more untraditional areas of a practice.

Some of these more technical tasks might include managing patient relationships with patients online or following up on dental health habits via mobile apps. There’s also new technologies entering the marketplace that can make appointments, diagnostics and treatments easier and faster. It’s becoming increasingly more important—and valuable—to be comfortable with learning new dental technologies and techniques.

Job Skill: Conflict Resolution

An unruly patient. A payment processing issue. A scheduling conflict. Due to the sensitive nature of healthcare, dentistry can have some uncomfortable moments with patients.

The best practices know that a hygienist’s ability to resolve conflict makes them incredibly advantageous. Plus, it shows your leadership capabilities, and opens up many lucrative career paths. Figure out how you best handle stress and conflict and you’ll be in high demand.

Job Skill: Ability to Communicate

According to Forbes, an increasingly high number of young workers entering the workplace have issues with their soft skills.

As a dental hygienist, you must be able to effectively communicate with patients, dentists, and coworkers. You’ll also need to learn to be a great listener and be able to discuss dental issues and communicate strategies to patients. Technical skill will always be important, but your interpersonal skills could ultimately help you win the job.

Dental Hygienist Skill: Willing to Learn Something New

As a dental professional, it’s up to you to make sure your dental hygienist skills are up-to-date. Practices want to know that you’re hungry to learn and help. Learning new skills is a great way to keep you as a front runner in the interview process!

At DentalPost, we have many Continuing Education courses available to keep your skills sharpened. Take a look, learn something new, and give yourself a leg up on other candidates this year!

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