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Old 05-17-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I have never had a male hygenist but have always had a male dentist.

Whats the difference if it is a man or a woman cleaning your teeth? I don't mind that my dentists have always been male and are messing around in my mouth!
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:42 PM
 
Location: earth?
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I dislike that you even asked the question. Gender should have nothing to do with job skills. Please hire the best, most qualified and personable applicant for the position and leave gender out of the equation.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Don't care and I hate how we as a society still feel like we have to ask this question in 2013.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:29 PM
 
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I cannot fathom why the gender of the hygienist would matter at all. In fact, if I knew that my dentist's office was basing their hiring decisions on gender, I would find a new dentist immediately.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:36 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I work in a dental office and we are hiring a new hygienist. One of the applicants we are considering is male. He is very professional with with excellent clinician skills. Has anyone ever had a male hygienist clean their teeth? Has the thought ever swayed you one way or the other? Most of the industry is female, as I am sure you are aware.

I have had male nurses, and they have never bothered me.

Let me know your thoughts and I'd also be curious of your gender.

Thanks.
Why would gender make any difference in a dental hygienist? Most dentists are male. I don't see how gender would be relevant to dentistry.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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I've actually had two males in my dental hygiene class and one of them couldn't even pass his boards. The other one did and he's very smart too He's a pretty good dental hygienist. So I don't see anything wrong with a male hygienist.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:23 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I work in a dental office and we are hiring a new hygienist. One of the applicants we are considering is male. He is very professional with with excellent clinician skills. Has anyone ever had a male hygienist clean their teeth? Has the thought ever swayed you one way or the other? Most of the industry is female, as I am sure you are aware.

I have had male nurses, and they have never bothered me.

Let me know your thoughts and I'd also be curious of your gender.

Thanks.
Don't care as long as they clean my teeth properly.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: CA
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I had my first male hygienist on my last dental visit a few weeks ago. I didn't mind at all, as long as he's nice and professional, I really don't care. A male gynecologist, on the other hand, I'd have a problem with.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:50 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I had my first male hygienist on my last dental visit a few weeks ago. I didn't mind at all, as long as he's nice and professional, I really don't care. A male gynecologist, on the other hand, I'd have a problem with.
Last time I went for my lady physical I had a male PA, and he was really cute too, which made me feel a bit self conscious. Probably because I was old enough to be his mother!

But you know what, I thought it through...for one thing, I was automatically assuming he (or she, depending on orientation) was going to be making some sort of "attractiveness" judgement on me...which is ridiculous, and anyway, who cares. These people see folks who are fat, unshaven, unhealthy, whatever, every single working day. As well as attractive and healthy people. It's what they do for a living.

And for another, I dated a doctor for a long time and he said "it's all skin, just in different shapes" and you know what, he was right.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:05 PM
 
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My only problem is the size of the hands. I have a very small mouth, teeth are straight and small. I switched dentists to a female in the same office because my male dentist had hard time maunerving his hands and instruments in my mouth. He could accomplish what he needed to but my jaw would ache for days.

Other than that no problems! It's just something to consider.
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