Background of working with the public
Regular dental cleanings, deep cleanings, see new patients, take X-rays, set up and tear down room between patients, write detailed notes, chart existing restorations, treatment plan, perio chart, and clean and sanitize instruments. Work days for me are either 6 hour or 12 hour shifts with 2-3 days off a week.
Getting to know your patients and creating great relationships with them as well as with your coworkers. Also, having patients that follow through with your suggestions and see the real difference you can make in someone’s overall health is really awesome.
Fun events outside of work (I.e. holiday parties, etc.)
You can work long hours, hours can be unpredictable if patients cancel, it is tough on your body, you have to be a people person but also realize not everyone is going to like you, and some people are uncomfortable with the amount of PPE that is required. You have to also have good time management though that really does come with time but also know what the office you’re going to work for expects, some give 30 minutes per regular cleaning where others give an hour so it’s important to ask when interviewing.
Mostly based on work experience
Getting some sort of background in dental is a great idea, a lot of my classmates started out as dental assistants before going to school to become a hygienists and said they found it helpful to know some of the terminology beforehand. Though I had no background in the dental field and still did just fine and found a job easily after school.