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Editor’s Note: My Top 10 List

This time of year always prompts me to reflect on the past 12 months. It’s a time to review the goals I’ve accomplished, places I’ve gone, and people I’ve met. I enjoy this retrospection because it always makes me realize how fortunate I am in both.

This time of year always prompts me to reflect on the past 12 months. It’s a time to review the goals I’ve accomplished, places I’ve gone, and people I’ve met. I enjoy this retrospection because it always makes me realize how fortunate I am in both my personal and professional lives. Not only do I have a wonderful husband and family, I also have a profession I enjoy that has given me opportunities I never would have dreamt possible! Because of dental hygiene, I have much to be thankful for. So I’d like to share with you my top 10 reasons why it’s great to be a dental hygienist. I’m sure many of you will identify with my choices, and you may even have suggestions of your own. If so, please share them with me in my forum here on the Dimensions website.

10. We help create beautiful smiles—making it possible for people to feel good about themselves and improve their lives.

9. We have state-of-the-art tools and products, and the power to recommend and purchase those products.

8. Our other team members value our opinions and we value theirs.

7. We share a camaraderie that is difficult to match in other professions. There is truly a magical connection between dental hygienists everywhere.

6. We are perfectionists—always striving to improve and do our best.

5. We are dedicated, hard working, and reliable.

4. Our patients respect us and count on us for advice and guidance.

3. We have many options for using our skills—we can be clinicians, educators, researchers, speakers, writers, and more.

2. We can affect a person’s overall well-being, both physically and mentally.

1. We have a positive impact on so many people and they, in turn, have a positive impact on us.

In 2006, I had the pleasure of meeting many of you at conventions, CE programs, and online. With each conversation, I’ve been humbled by your tireless work ethic, impressed by your zeal to learn, and honored to call you my colleague. Don’t ever doubt how truly special you are! Best wishes to all of you for a happy and healthy holiday season. From all of us at Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, we wish you peace and prosperity in the year to come.

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