Dental Hygiene: A Misunderstood Career

Scholarship Entrant: Cortany from WACO, TEXAS
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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I believe it is safe to say that visiting the Dentist is a rather fear provoking task for many individuals. However, what many people do not know is that depending upon a patients oral health status, they are typically not seen by the dentist at all. Whom they actually see the majority of the time is the Dental Hygienist. A Dental Hygienist is usually stereotyped to be a professional who simply cleans teeth, but in reality this particular dental professional is the first line of defense in preventative care. The leading cause of school days missed for school aged individuals is due to dental visits pertaining to cavities. Unfortunately, oral health care is not nearly as valued as overall health care and any funding received by the government for oral health care is more directed to treating the problem rather than stopping or preventing the problem from the beginning. My dream job and what I would love to do the most in life is to be a Dental Hygienist, to be a part of a profession that is trying to be the change in the health care system that our country needs. Of course I would not only be an advocate for change in our system, but I would be on the front line educating patients on healthy oral care routine and how to prevent having to see the dentist for major treatment. I would be the professional patients would see twice a year. I would be the encouragement they need to carry on with healthy oral habits. But what I want most is to witness the change my work can and will do for people. Even if I don’t single handedly change the world, I believe my contributions would help direct where oral health care needs to be. I am currently enrolled at Temple Junior College in Temple, Texas. I have taken many steps during the last three years to get where I am now. As we all know, school is expensive but detrimental to obtain career goals we have for ourselves. I have been very fortunate with the help I have received during my journey and I have been very appreciative for all of it. Dealing with finances can be stressful when you are not sure where the funds are going to come from when trying to pay for school. If I am awarded with this remarkable scholarship, I will not only be forever grateful, but I will be able to continue pursuing my love for dental hygiene.

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