Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene


My name is Cody Morressy and I’m a first
year student at Pierce College dental hygiene I pursued this path because a friend of mine
in college became a dentist and since we were both chemistry majors
and I couldn’t find a job in the chemistry field he suggested that I look
into the dental hygiene program and possibly I could work with him in the
future, so I took all of the pre reqs and I got into the program here at Pierce. I graduated from PLU in 2007 with a
bachelors of science and chemistry and I had been working in the medical field as a
dialysis tech at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. So with both of those experiences with
me that I feel that should be able to help me out here while in the dental hygiene
program. With my experience at St. Joseph’s I’m one of seven males already and there’s
about sixty employees there so being a male in a primarily female
environment doesn’t really, doesn’t bother me at all actually. I don’t even
think about it. I’m just another person like everybody
else. A list of responsibilities here as being
for clinic is we do assessments on the patients. We’ll do workups which include
a lot of additional paperwork and more in depth processing of the patients along with a dental examination. We’ll also go through full mouth debribement
and as we progress in the career path we’re introduced to
more instruments. Right now are using just our basic curets and sickles and
then we’ve recently introduced into our gracey’s
which are our site-specific curet. I think Pierce College has adequately
prepared us for a dental hygiene career. There’s a lot of
one-on-one instruction along with an enormous amount of
didactic classes to help us understand the processes of being a
dental hygienist. We have lots of time
available to us in clinic and we are required to find certain
patients that will help us prepare for my guess would say the normal patient
coming into getting their teeth cleaned every six to, six months to one year. So we started doing a lot of restorative
work, ah, I kind of started putting things together and we started learning about
materials being used and for me bringing in to my chemistry education. A lot of that make sense to me and plus
I do enjoy working with my hands more than anything. In so doing restorative work is really
allowed me to say “Yes,” this is something I would really enjoy

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