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Have you ever had, or seen, a male dental hygienist?
Posted on September 14, 2006 | Permalink
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September 14, 2006 at 09:39 AM
My understanding is that they don't allow men into the hygenist program in any of the accredited tech schools in the southeast. Instead, they lead men to a door that is designned to look like the door to a registrar's office, and then they push them through it right as they open it. The door then locks behind them and they find themself at a Greyhound terminal standing in front of a bus to some other state.
I even went to one of the local technical colleges to investigate this rumor but by the time I found my way home from Vermont I forgot why I even went over there in the first place.
September 14, 2006 at 10:01 AM
Yes. My son's first dental checkup was with one-who-is-he-man-dental-hygienist.
September 14, 2006 at 10:39 AM
Yes. My dental hygienist was a man for many years until one day he woke up and couldn't get out of bed. He had suddenly been afflicted with some motor function shutdown from which he never recovered. Now my dentist's hygienist is a brute. The old man was way more gentle.
September 14, 2006 at 11:53 AM
My mom's a dental hygienist and very active in that "local community." Anyway, I asked her the same question and she does not know of one male hygienist in the greater metropolitan area where we live. I assume that this will change soon, considering the growth in the healthcare industry generally, and the comparatively high wages earned in this specific field.
September 14, 2006 at 05:11 PM
It must be because the tools to be a hygienist are too small and delicate for a man's large, strong hands. That's why they stick to sheet rocking and home repair.
September 15, 2006 at 08:29 AM
I've never known a male dental hygenist also, I've never met a male paralegal
September 15, 2006 at 08:42 AM
yes! this morning as a matter of fact (which i probably would not have noted but for your question).
September 15, 2006 at 10:50 AM
My sister's dental school graduation this spring, at UMKC, was held jointly with the dental hygene program's graduation. There were something like 50 graduates of that program, and all were women.
September 15, 2006 at 01:56 PM
My cousin just graduated from dental school and started her own practice. She doesn't have any male dental hygenists, but she said that in dental school they called them Fockers. Like "Meet the parents" Gaylord Focker. thought it was kind of funny.
September 16, 2006 at 03:45 PM
"It must be because the tools to be a hygienist are too small and delicate for a man's large, strong hands. That's why they stick to sheet rocking and home repair."
I thought that was fun reading :) The instruments used by any male or female withing oral healthcare (dentist or hygienist) are identical. Why do I know this? Beacause I am a MALE DENTAL HYGIENIST. Since I live on the other side of the Atlantic I havent met this prejudice thinking. As far as I know USA are one of the few west-world countries in which people still have these judging thoughts against "typical female occupations".
But even so there are huge differences between the jobs definition depending in which country you work in. Even though the basics are somewhat the same.
And relaxe people, I´m not gay :)
October 27, 2006 at 06:02 PM
Yes, hilarious reading.. But in fact, I'm a male dental hygienist. I live in South Florida and went to UCF and received a B.S. in psychology. After finding graduate school to be too difficult to get into, i went to a local community college and got my degree in Dental Hygiene. All my friends laugh that i have a "female occupation"...but i shut them up when they find out they went to college for 8 years and make less than I DO! I picked this as a career for multiple reasons. For one, i knew it would give me a leg up on the competition when applying for dental school (which i plan to do in the future.) Also, i make about $60,000-$64,000 (with only 1 year experience). My choice for dental hygiene came when i contemplated the fact that i have NO INTEREST IN ANYTHING! I went to college for the degree... but i knew it would never affect any career choice in the future. Instead, i chose an EASY, STRESSFREE career that gave me enough money to travel, buy the BMW, and have a nice apartment. This career has given me all those things. When people say its a "female occupation", its not because it consists of careful hands, delicate cleaning, and small tools, but instead the fact that it was created as a job FOR women a few decades when men had the dominate job. Same goes with being a nurse. It was for women because men were the ones accepting in society for going to medical school, having the huge amount of money spent on their education, etc. Although its a very sexist statement, women were known for bearing children, cleaning the house, and taking care of the domestic needs. The smaller jobs consisting of nurse, and dental hygienist as female careers came with the fact that men had to make the majority of the household income with high paying professional jobs. Just because you dont see a barbie doll driving semi-trucks or doing home repair...doesn't mean they can't. Society forces ideas of men/women jobs and its too bad, because i LOVE my job as a dental hygienist and it doesn't make me feel immasculine in the slightest.
January 10, 2007 at 07:43 PM
Glad to read your story Dan. As you said it´s true that society expects certain jobs to be female or male. 20 years ago a male nurse was something you lifted your eyebrows about, now it´s very common. When I told my friends and girlfriend about what I wanted to be everyone thought it was a good idea, infact many go the longer way to become a dentist this way. This was also my plan at first but I do enjoy the job as it is. But who knows about the future. I personaly am exually interested in research and studies about oral health overall and this education is a very good platform.
Anyway, good luck in your profession. Would be fun to hear how it is to work as a DH in the states. Send me an Email if you want :)
January 12, 2007 at 07:29 PM
I am a male. I have been a hygienist for 12 years. I am considering moving on to some other career. I will agree with Dan, the money is good. I have been making around $78,000 for the past several years while utilizing an assistant. Making money makes it difficult to switch to a whole new career. I guess dental school would be a option, but I am getting older and really not wanting to sacrifice time to study. Hygiene is a very easy job. I play racquetball and basketball as I choose to have long lunches. Reason for change is I feel isolated. Really no coworkers to hang out with. Also, people stereotype you. It is fine for awhile, but can beat you up. Making friends is hard. People can like you, but don't want to get too close because you are "different". You begin to see ugly sides to peoples personalities, little gestures. Discrimination. I guess it is human. So the money is good, job is stress free, but would not recommend to someone who is not female.
March 26, 2007 at 09:59 PM
I'm really sorry to hear that shawn! But i have no problem with what u are talking about. i have lots of friends and the office i work in is very open, liberal, etc. My wife is a dental hygienist as well and no one looks at me as "different." Everyone is quite accepting in what i do and it doesn't make feel different in the slightest. It's too bad you see ugly sides to people's personalities, because in fact, no one has ever looked at me differently just because im a male DH, and i have seen absolutely no discrimination in my field.
April 18, 2007 at 12:14 AM
Sorry to hear that too Shawn. In difference to your experiances mine is the total opposite. The people I have met so far (only been a DH for 2 years) all think it is positive and great to se a male in this occupation. The view where I live is very liberal, open and free from prejudice thinking and discrimination. Sad to read that you have a hard time making friends because of the small minded people you mention. I wouldnt want to try making friends with people like that anyway.
I would probably make more money being a dentist ofcourse, but this work is easy, pays good and is mostly stress free. It is much responsability though, since I handle alot of the examinations of patients, fillings and local anesthesia. But overall it is a good job and I have no problem recommending it to others.
April 18, 2007 at 06:07 AM
I am a 32 year old male currently working as a reporter for a consturction publication. I am ready to make more money & I am thinking about going back to school to become a DH. The money alone is enough to make me want to jump head first into this new arena.
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February 20, 2008 at 12:17 PM
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February 20, 2008 at 12:18 PM
I am 22 years old, Male and in Hygiene school. The whole theory of "males are too clumsy and have big hands " is ridiculous. Think of how many men paint, draw, sculpt. Some of the most famous painters known were men...What about muscians? Was Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, or Tchaikovsky
too masculine to perform? Seriously guys.
April 04, 2008 at 10:13 PM
I am 19 and i am about to go to Fort Sam to learn to be a dental specialist... i didnt make the best grades in high school and i know the dental field is not easy... i guess my question is... how hard is school for this career field??
November 19, 2008 at 10:47 AM
Yes, actually, my brother is a dental hygienist.
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June 05, 2009 at 04:07 AM
Male dental hygienists are teh gay!
September 24, 2009 at 01:15 PM
I m 26 male from Toronto and English is my second language, my back home high school diploma is not approved so I m taking 12 grade English, biology and chemistry so I can get in to DH school. My pre HD course is 15 mounts. I m wondering how hard would be for me as a male DH to find a job. I know that DH is a good, easy job good income, no stress and I like it but the fact that it is a female job makes me scared that I won’t be able to find a job. I m wasting 15 mounts just to get in at this school and I will appreciate your thinking or experience. Thank you!
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