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Tips for Temping in the Dental Hygiene World

Tips for Temping in the Dental Hygiene World

According to the United States Department of Labor, the number of Dental Hygiene jobs in 2016 was 207,900.0


Also in 2016, almost all Dental Hygienists worked in dental offices, and more than half worked part time.


So is there a need for temporary dental hygienists for fill-in work? That is the question!!


I graduated from Dental Hygiene school in 2012. After practicing full-time dental hygiene for over 5 years I decided to take a risk and find out.


In May 2017, I went to a part time position in an office only 1 day a week. That was a big change for me after commuting over an hour a day and working full time and almost every Friday.


In the beginning I really liked it, some like to use the phrase “I needed a break”. But after about 2 weeks I was over my break and started to put my feelers out to see what offices needed part-time hygiene. I learned real quick I have a lot of friends in the dental field that were very helpful. I also got involved in my local component, the NDHA, more and made contacts through hygiene peers. Facebook is a wonderful outlet if you haven’t made these face to face contacts just yet. Nashville Dental Peeps and Nashville Hygienist Temp Work are two great pages to follow if you are trying to let people know you are available and looking for hygiene work.


After about three days of looking, I was back to full-time hygiene with some major perks, like if I was busy next Tuesday I did not have to fill-in! It was like a dream come true. Making your own hygiene schedule.


I began working at one office every Wednesday and Friday and having Tuesdays and Thursdays for my fill-in days which stayed booked almost every week, so I kept my Mondays free for overflow or if someone needed a fill-in last minute. In about a month, I was overwhelmed with work. I was getting calls every morning, every night and I was absolutely loving it! I could be as busy as I wanted to be. I could work six days a week one week and just two days the next week.


Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t all that easy to make myself known to offices at first, but after I visited offices and handed out my resume with my availability my phone began to blow up. I had to even turn some offices down because I was already booked up for weeks. I turned down several full-time positions in the last year just because I love the flexibility of how doing fill-in hygiene fit my lifestyle.


So to answer the question above, is there a need for temporary hygienists to do fill-in around the Nashville area? Absolutely!


If you are a practicing dental hygienist new to the area, or maybe just needing “a break”, definitely take the risk. It is more than worth it! The possibilities of what it can turn into is well worth the risk.