This article was reprinted with permission from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) and the author. The article originally appeared in CDHA’s Oh Canada e-Magazine as ” Looking Beyond Clinical Settings to Re-Invent Your Practice of Dental Hygiene” ,Volume 1, Issue 4, page 13. BCDHA thanks CDHA and the author for permission to re-print the article.
Hello! My name is Patricia Blundon and I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist in Ontario for over 20 years. My recent Blog posting on CDHA’s members’ online community forum, titled “Hygienist Designed and Manufactured Clip Mirror™ by DH Essentials”, talks about working in a non-traditional Dental Hygiene setting.
I am the sole owner and operator of DH Essentials™ where I designed and now manufacture and sell the Dental Hygiene Clip Mirror™ under a medical device establishment licence regulated by Health Canada. I also carry titanium dental mouth mirrors as well which are fabricated exclusively for DH Essentials™ by Prodont-Holliger™ in France. (It was important for me to use only the best quality materials.)
Below is an interview with recent graduate Gordon Sien. Gordon shared his experiences as part of a clinical externship rotation on Haida Gwaii. Thank you Gordon for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!
You practiced as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) before starting your dental hygiene studies at Vancouver Community College. Can you talk to our readers a bit about why you decided to pursue a dental hygiene degree?
My initial decision to become a CDA stemmed both from conversations I had with a family friend who was a CDA, and because I because I wanted to pursue a practical career in a reasonable amount of time. So, I enrolled in and completed the CDA program at Vancouver Community College (VCC). As a community dental assistant working in the public health setting, I saw my chief role as an oral health promoter and collaborator with many other health care professionals in programs of Vancouver Coastal Health. Initially I regarded being a CDA as a stepping stone for dentistry. However, as I worked in the community and at the clinic I realized that prevention is my calling and it was in this area that I wanted to focus my studies and goals. It was with this understanding that I decided to pursue dental hygiene. My experiences in the Dental Hygiene Program at VCC have really solidified my passion for prevention.