After receiving your degree to become a dental hygienist and finding a job, you will be faced with the decision of whether or not to join a dental hygiene association. Joining a dental association can be a rewarding experience that can help novice and experienced dental hygienists.
There are two types of dental hygiene associations. There is a national dental hygiene association and a state dental association. Some hygienists choose to join only the national association, while others only join the state. And some join both.
Both dental hygiene associations are designed for the same purpose. The only difference is the national one represents the interests of hygienists on a national level, while the state one deals with state issues.
The basic principle behind the dental hygiene association is the idea that a whole organization is formed to represent hygienists. This organization helps keep dental hygienists education and informed about the latest developments in the dental industry. They also provide regular seminars and networking opportunities designed specifically for hygienists.
The dental hygiene association can also help individuals who want to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. The dental association helps by providing scholarships, internships, and other opportunities for people to explore this dental career.
Members of the national dental hygiene associations have the opportunity to receive two regular publications. These publications and magazines are designed to keep dental hygienists informed about the latest news, research and information surrounding the dental industry. Access is the first publication people will receive and is dedicated to providing the most up to date information to dental hygienists. The other magazine is the Journal of Dental Hygiene, which is a research and scientific based publication.
Joining a dental hygiene association is optional. Many dental hygienists find the information, networking events, magazines, and other benefits of a dental association beneficial and helpful to their careers. These benefits encourage thousands of individuals to join their national and local dental associations.