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Conquering Fear in the Light of Uncertainty

At one time or another, we have all faced the lingering doubt of whether or not we are going to succeed in life. Sometimes it is brought on by stress from our job. Other times, it is caused by things out of our control.

Take the coronavirus, for example. Even the most steadfast and unflappable individuals have felt the crippling blow of uncertainty that this outbreak has produced. And in the case of dental hygienists like yourself, the fear of unemployment or exposure is all too real.

Today, let’s look at some ways you can crush fear and uncertainty as a dental hygienist. With a little progressive thinking and preventative measures, you can stay ahead of the curve.

Avoiding Exposure

Working as a dental hygienist immediately puts you a greater risk of contracting COVID-19. So, how can you avoid this and stay safe?

If at all possible, work from home. This is the best way to put a stop to the risk of exposure. If you are needed in the office or can’t perform your duties from home, pre-screening your patients is a great first step to limiting contracting the disease.

It may also be prudent to delay certain procedures as long as possible. This will further reduce your risk by limiting the number of people in the office throughout the day.

You will also need to regularly wipe down surfaces to ensure that they are properly disinfected before use. This includes tables, chairs, handles, etc. The cleaner the office, the safer you and your co-workers will be.


Dental practices have already seen reduced hours, with some even being forced to close down. This has resulted in many dental hygienists losing their jobs and seeking work elsewhere.

Those who have been fortunate enough to continue working are gripped with the fear of their potential termination over coronavirus. This can result in distraction throughout the day or a loss in interest.

How can you combat this? If you are fired or laid off, it’s important to maintain your composure. You might find that the free time afforded to you is the best thing that could happen to you.

Picking up the Pieces

Consider using this time wisely by improving your résumé. This could help to increase your chances of landing an even better gig. Make the most of termination by resigning yourself to becoming a better dental assistant.

This will only serve to help you when it comes time to find a new dental practice. You never know, you may just land the job of your dreams.

A Different Perspective

Another possible outcome of getting terminated is learning that you’d like to do something else. Now that you have spare time to breathe and think about things, you should reflect on your current path in life.

Use this ‘vacation’ to your advantage by exploring other avenues and determining to better yourself. You may decide to go back to school to obtain a new degree. Many online courses are available that would be perfect for improving your skill set.

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