Hi my name is Daphne and I have been a dental nurse for just over 5 years (I started November 2009). I enjoy my job. Yes it can be tiring and stressful and I sadly do not get paid nearly as much as the dentists do. However, I do enjoy the work and getting to know the clients.
I decided to create this site to help people decide if becoming a dental nurse is the right job for them. There have been some horrendous news in the good old Daily Mail about badly treated nurses.
Mercury coffee anyone?
A dental nurse working in Shefford was accused of poisoning her boss after being given notice a few days earlier. The claim is that the nurse put mercury in her bosses coffee. She drank it and said it tasted noxious. I hope this means she had a sip rather than drank the whole lot knowing it tasted horrible! She had stomach cramps soon after and was rushed to hospital where traces of mercury were find inside her stomach. Fortunately there was no permanent damage.
The case went to court twice but each time it was dismissed. There is no doubt that Mercury was put in the coffee but they have no evidence as to who did it. The accussed said she was set up by her colleagues who she never got on with.
Then I came across an American forum where a women was asking other dental assistants if becoming a dental nurse was a good job? The horror stories that came back were heart breaking. I was nearly in tears.
Too beautiful to be a dental nurse?
One dental assistant in Iowa, USA, was sacked because she was too attractive and he was tempted to cheat on his wife because of the tight tops she wore to work. She said she was happily married and only wore the standard scrubs and uniform that assistants commonly wear. Despite this, an all male court judged in favor of her boss.
What’s your favourite toothbrush?
A question that I am asked a lot as a dental nurse is what is perfect toothbrush for me? The answer I always give them is that actually it depends on a lot of different factors. I think people benefit from using an electric toothbrush over a manual one because they provide consistency in brushing. Manual brushes are fine as long as you do what you are meant to do. However, you can clean your teeth well with an electric brush, even on a bad day.
The first positive thing that I like to point out is that both the big companies that are synonamous with producing toothbrushes are both absolutely fantastic at what they do. Both Sonicare and Oral B produce fantastic products.
The big difference between these companies is Sonic verses physical movement. Both have their positives and their only negatives are down to personal preference. Some people say that sonic toothbrushes tickle. This is true, but after a few goes that sensation disappears.
The downside of having a lot of great products is that it gives you a lot of options as to what you can buy. For some people it simply comes down to price. If you are on a tight budget then I recommend either the Oral B Vitality or Sonicare EasyClean. If you read any best electric toothbrush reviews online you will quickly realise that is true. However, if you are after a premium product then I recommend the Sonicare DiamondClean or the Oral B ProSeries 5000. Both of these electric toothbrushes have a lot of great options and multiple cleaning choices.
When you combine this with some good tooth paste then you really cannot go wrong. If you were to ask me my favourite toothbrush then I have to say that I love both Sonicare and Oral B. I have switched between both brands over the years. If you were to push me further however, I would have to say that I am a DiamondClean girl. I’ve been using one for over a year and I love it.
I love my job
Fortunately, we get treated much better in Great Britain and say what you want about the NHS, they do know how to look after people and protect them for bad situations. Well mostly.
I really enjoy my job. The staff I work with are lovely, the dentist is a gentlemen and most of the time, the patients are wonderful. I have only had one really offensive person in my time. He later apologized profusely and said he was really scared of dentists and this fear had caused him to panic and say some awful things.
Anyway, I’ve found some helpful information that I have permission to post on this site. Some of it is from an American perspective so where possible I have tried to make it relevant to the United Kingdom. I will also be adding some information about things myself including links to articles and websites that I find really helpful.
It’s also an excuse to learn something new, because I’ve been meaning to create a website forever and as is the custom for the beginning of the year, my New Year’s resolution was to create and maintain a website.
You can see a list of all my articles here:
Electric Toothbrushes do work
A lot of this website talks about being a dental nurse but I wanted to take some time to talk about looking after your teeth. Basically, if you want to keep the dentist happy, you need to be brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes a day. A manual toothbrush is fine but if you want to guarantee that you do the job right then I highly recommend you use an electric toothbrush.
There are some premium brushes out available with lots of bells and whistles like the oral b triumph 5000 model.
This is the model I use and I love all of its extra modes and functions like gum brushing and whitening mode. However, if that is out of your budget then there are some really good oral b electric toothbrush options to try.
If you prefer sonic toothbrushes then I recommend you try out a Philips sonicare toothbrush because they really are excellent. Depending on which dentist you go to, they generally recommend either an Oral B or Sonicare toothbrush. The truth is that both are very effective at cleaning your teeth and it tends to be down to personal choice as to which one you pick.