How much should I ask starting pay out of school for a dental hygienist for traverse city, mi?

Question by lm: How much should I ask starting pay out of school for a dental hygienist for traverse city, mi?
I start the dental hygiene program this fall and will be finished june 2010. I am wondering what the starting pay is for a dental hygienist in traverse city, michigan as of today. I have been on and all the like. I am looking for an actual dental hygienist in the area who can give me a better figure. Thanks for the help!

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Answer by ChipinCA
As a dental hygiene student you can join the American Dental Hygienists Association, and your State DHA, they will also have a local chapter (society/group affiliate) get involved with your local group as they do yearly salary surveys. They will let you know average and hi/low salaries, plus benefits and perks. This is great information while negotiating employment. good luck

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What’s so special about the South African Dental Association?

Question by londonboy: What’s so special about the South African Dental Association?
I’m not sure if this is still the case but I remember that on tubes of toothpaste I used to see the words “Accredited by the South African Dental Association” or something like that. I always used to wonder what was so special about the South African Dental Assoc. that a huge brand like Colgate for example would feel the need to let everyone know it had been approved by them. Are they world leaders in dental health or something?

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Answer by enamel
I have no idea and have never noticed that on a tube of toothpaste. Sorry I could not be of much help. You might try Google. Good Luck

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Los Angeles Veneers Dentist, Dr. Poneh Ghasri, Utilizes Veneers to Enhance

Los Angeles Veneers Dentist, Dr. Poneh Ghasri, Utilizes Veneers to Enhance
LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Los Angeles veneers dentist, Dr. Poneh Ghasri, uses dental veneers to enhance smiles and boost confidence. Teeth veneers are one of the fastest, most effective and most versatile ways to transform a smile.
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Porcelain Veneers Expert, Dr. Kevin Sands, Now Enhances Smiles Using Dental
LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Porcelain veneers dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, now uses dental veneers to conceal a multitude of cosmetic flaws and issues so that patients can once again enjoy a healthy, attractive smile. Porcelain veneers are …
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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate


Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate


Dental extractions are among the easiest and best ways to get relief from a toothache.  As the name implies, an extraction involves removing the tooth.  If your pulp has died or the tooth has become severely infected, extraction may be your only route.  Depending on the tooth, the dentist can do either a simple extraction or a more complicated extraction.


Simple extractions :
These types of extractions, the simple extractions, are the most common in the world of dentistry.  During a simple extraction, the dentist will remove the tooth by loosening the gums around the socket.  He will grasp the tooth with forceps and move it from side to side until he can get it to break free from the socket and remove it.


The teeth are held to the bone by a thin piece of soft tissue.  This soft tissue is known as the periodontal ligament.  The dentist uses this tissue to remove the tooth.  As you may know, the key to removing a tooth by pulling is to rock the tooth from side to side, which enlarges the socket in the bone and breaks the ligament that helps to hold the tooth in place.


Simple extractions, also known as pulling, don’t take long to complete.  The dentist will numb you before he starts, so you won’t feel anything.  Depending on the tooth, pulling it will normally take just a few minutes after you have been numbed with local anesthesia.  Once completed, the dentist will place gauze in your mouth to bite on and you will be free to go.


Complex extractions :
As we all know, not all teeth can be pulled.  Sometimes, the tooth will be so decayed or broken off that the dentist will have nothing to grasp above the gum line.  In cases such as this, the dentist will need to perform a more complicated extraction, which involves getting the tooth out below the gum line, as he won’t be able to use the standard method of pulling and rocking.


These types of extractions involve the dentist making an incision in the gums around the tooth, and raising the flap he cut to expose the bone.  Once he has exposed the bone, there may be enough of the tooth exposed for the dentist to grab and remove it using the pulling method.  In most cases however, the tooth will be embedded in the bone, meaning that the dentist will be unable to pull the tooth out.


With teeth that are imbedded in the bone, the dentist will need to use a drill and chip away at the bone to get to the tooth.  This is known as cutting the tooth out, and happens to be very common with impacted teeth or teeth that are severely decayed.  Once the dentist has cut his way to the tooth and removed it, he will sew back the flap of skin that he cut to get to the tooth.  The flap of skin and the socket will heal over time – providing you take care of it.


Dental extractions are very common, and happen on a daily basis for dentists.  Oral surgeons are the best for extractions, as extractions are all they do.  All types of extractions, even the most complex, will take time to heal.  As long as you take care of your extraction site, you’ll avoid common pitfalls such as dry sockets and other mishaps.  Although they can be painful once the procedure is over – you’ll eventually start to feel a lot better once you have had the tooth or teeth removed.

Is a Dental Hygienist the same as a Dental Assistant?

Question by Diva Denah: Is a Dental Hygienist the same as a Dental Assistant?
I have been trying to find out information to compare the two, and can’t get a solid answer. Are Dental Assistants the same as Dental Hygienist? How much does Dental Hygienist make a year?

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Answer by Jan409
I’d say no

A hygienist is much are qualified then a dental assistant

what they earn depends on whether they are employed in a private practice, health centre or general dental surgery
and how many patients they treat

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