Mentor Advice ForumDental Hygiene Research Career Path
AvatarErika Bowring asked 1 week ago

Hello Mentor,
I am writing to this mentoring program in hopes of getting further insight into the research component of dental hygiene. I am currently in the dental hygiene bachelor’s completion program at Farmingdale State College and have been asked to choose a dental hygiene specialty to focus on for my final semester. The idea of research excites me as I enjoy the idea of making new discoveries that could potentially help in the understanding and development of preventative dentistry. If you could provide any insight into the research side of dental hygiene I would be very appreciative.
What made you want to go into dental hygiene research?
What would you consider to be your greatest achievement in dental hygiene research?
What do you like least about dental hygiene research?
Do you feel your role as a researcher helps to make a difference to the community?
How has research changed your perception of dental hygiene?
Are there difficulties in finding jobs as a dental hygiene researcher?
What is the salary difference between a dental hygiene clinician and researcher?
Is it possible to work in research while also working in private practice part time?
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone interested in dental hygiene research?
Thank you for your time!
I look forward to your response.
Sincerely,
Erika Bowring
bowrea@farmingdale.edu