Dental hygienists abroad are forging new paths
Since the 1960’s, dental hygienists have been moving overseas to work as prevention specialists.
In this role, dental hygienists abroad promote not only optimal dental health, but good health in general.
They teach patients why oral and digestive health are both essential to maintaining good overall health.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”Thomas Edison
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What is a dental hygienist?
Most people know the dental team as the dentist with his assistants and perhpas a receptionist. However, in many countries, a dental hygienist is also a very important part of the dental team.
Why? Because the dental hygienist specializes in preventive dentistry.
This means that he or she is responsible for helping patients prevent dental disease. This helps patients avoid dental problems and pain.
Dental hygienists also help to maintain the dental work that the patients already have.
Dental hygienists also spend a large part of their appointments educating patients about proper oral care. This could mean explaining why dental disease occurs, or what patients can do to prevent it.
Another key part of the education process is how to brush, floss and use other homecare aids properly. Many patients appreciate the work and guidance of dental hygienists.
Who can be a dental hygienist abroad?
If you are a dental hygienist looking to move overseas, please check that the country you will move to actually recognizes your qualifications.
Only dental hygienists trained to international standards are able to work abroad. “How can I do this?” you may ask. It may be easier than you think as there is already an entire community of dental hygienists abroad.
These hygienists make real and positive changes in people’s lives and as a result, improve their overall health.
Most patients and dentists are grateful for our guidance, homecare recommendations and our highly skilled hands. As a result, the salary can be very attractive, depending on where you practice.
As highly qualified hygienists, we are proud of our profession, training and above all, our qualifications.
We have attended some of the best educational institutions and by taking this prevention expertise overseas, we can effect a positive change in the world.
Therefore, dental hygienists abroad really can do something extraordinary with their degree.
Meet some international dental hygienists in the Traveling Hygienists Spotlight!
How to become a dental hygienist abroad
If you are interested in working abroad you have come to the right place, because I can show you how to take this leap. I can also show you why working abroad can lead to fulfilment and growth.
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