Professionalism In Dental Hygiene

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Incorporating professionalism, respect and empathy are a few of the most vital behaviors to attain in the dental hygiene profession. As a student we learn, read, and study about these behaviors expected of us; however I believe it is not until working independently with patients when we truly learn and master these three important behaviors. Similar to being a student, I feel that a professional is continuously learning, reading the latest news in the dental field and being familiar with the current dental research. While reflecting on the professional standpoint of care it can be viewed as both professionalism and being a professional; which are both similar by definition yet with a slightly different perspective. Professionalism is defined…show more content…
Respecting patients encompasses many things such as confidentiality of personal information, values, ethnicity, age etc. Being aware of how other cultures act or don’t act shows respect, sensitivity and value towards the patient, which will hopefully make them feel comfortable and trustworthy of the clinician. As a dental hygienist I hope to make every single patient that sits in my chair feel at ease, valued and respected enough to confide in me with their oral health questions, which ultimately makes their appointment considerably more worthwhile and personal. Not only does respect apply towards patients, but similarly to coworkers and persons above me. Due to personal experiences, the workplace will not remain a mature, professional, happy environment to work in if not all members of the dental team respect and get along with one another. This would make going to work dreadful and possibly affect my reputation for the future. Patients will definitely notice the tension and may be turned away from coming back for continuing care, which now puts my ethical responsibilities and duties towards that patient at…show more content…
In dental hygiene this virtue should be applied to every patient during the communication process. Empathetic communication ensures patient satisfaction, enhanced diagnostic assessment, fewer lawsuits, and positive outcome of treatment. (RDH MAG) An article I read talked about how our society today has become so self-absorbed that recognizing others feelings are slim to none. As a hygienist I hope to change this perception about my generation because I often feel judged that I am automatically self-centered due to my age. Some ways I can improve my empathetic communication is to display eye contact, being cognizant of my facial expressions and actively listening. Lecturing or asking dental related questions that the patient may not understand must be avoided when communicating. Active listening is essential during the communication process since it shows the patient you understand and care about how they feel. In conclusion, I have developed further competence in the components that make a successful dental hygienist after writing this paper. This has helped me expand my awareness of exactly how patients and coworkers play a crucial role in my professionalism. As I maintain professionalism, respect, empathy and the added characteristics mentioned in this paper, I trust I will be a successful
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