Your Future as a Dental Hygienist

Your Future as a Dental HygienistYour Future as a Dental Hygienist

Submitter: I found this golden oldie in the careers section of my local public library. I love the look of those old uniforms and Section 8 at the end of the book. [See page 130 below]

Holly: Why in the world would any public library keep this in a career section? Whyyyy? Bring this book to a Library Board meeting to explain why the staff MUST be allowed to weed. What possible argument could they give?

Your Future as a Dental Hygienist contents

What does a dental hygienist do?

Dental hygienists in the Peace Corp

Principles and ethics


    1. So, library boards vary a lot from place to place. In general, they are people who have a certain amount of time on their hands and feel some kind of connection to their libraries, or they may be people with poltical aspirations and agendas that have nothing to do with the library’s mission. In the case of weeding, the former can be almost as dangerous as the latter. Folks who are romantic about their library or their own library experiences may think that the library should have all the books they remember reading there years before. There is also a general sense of shock among citizens that librarians should ever “throw away” books – something that is seen as akin to book-burning, which raises all kinds of emotional responses.

    2. Ack, I used to work at a very teeny rural library where the board members were the WORST offenders when it came to donating their own old, precious stuff. Yes, you may be a library board member, but please don’t be offended when we choose to recycle your “Facts about HIV/AIDS” book that you purchased in 1987. Yeah, I culled that book… in 2008. And the board member who donated it complained that this left us without materials for HIV+ patrons. That board member didn’t understand that it was better to help the patron find current info from the internet… clearly, the better choice was to help them check out a book that would tell the patron that they could expect to die horribly, very soon, even though that was no longer medically accurate. šŸ™

      We also had a ton of books that told patrons what their antiques were worth… in 1972. Our directors had giant sticks up their butts. They also saw no need to ever buy new books as long as we had so many “perfectly good” books already. Like HIV/AIDS books from gorram 1987!

    1. A friend of mine is a dental hygenist. She’s in her late 30s, and has colleauges who are in their 50s who remember the days when you didn’t have to wear gloves to perform dentistry. She was telling me how a couple of them still reminisce about how they would pick up sweets with their blood-covered hands, and surreptitiously stuff them in their mouths, while they had their backs to the patients!

        1. In hindsight it may not have made much sense, but it was very much standard practice at the time. Bloodborne disease just wasn’t seen as an issue.

        2. Perhaps — but what we didn’t know didn’t hurt us. Most of us, anyway. And when this was written, hepatitis and other diseases were not as well researched as they have been since then.

  1. The woman on the cover looks disgusted. I wonder whether she was actually a dental hygienist or perhaps a model.

  2. I love the authoratative shot of the dental hygienist making an appointment. Action packed!

    1. Alot of professions were covered by those restrictions until the Supreme Court established protection of commercial speech. See EG. Bates v. State Bar of Arizona and Virginia State Pharmacy Board v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council. (Wikipedian lawyer here)

  3. For some reason, I thought those headrest things were nifty LOL. I remember going to visit Miss Cotton, with her finely lined skin, soft fingers (yep, no gloves), perky hat and white uniform, including “nurse shoes” — the office was on an upper floor of the Park Building, and the view from the chair was out the window at the City Hall clock tower (modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, I believe), with sky behind it. And pigeons flew past. I guess my visits were not traumatic!

  4. When I first saw the cover, before reading the book’s copyright date and references to JFK & the Peace Corps, I actually thought that this book was MUCH older than 1969, such as a book from the ’50’s or very early sixties.

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