When was the last time you thanked your dental hygienist? If you never have, consider the duties these incredibly detailed-oriented, educated, patient, and in many cases, strong-stomached, people do for us, our children, our parents, and our grandparents. Each and every day, hygienists deal with things most people couldn’t imagine in their worst nightmares. They remove deep calculus and stubborn plaque from patients who refuse to brush more than two or three times a week, they smell patients’ terrible breath, they get attitude from their patients every time they have to once again (for the millionth time) remind them that they need to floss, they clean patients’ teeth who ate lunch on the way to their appointment, and they deal with body odor, vomit, kids throwing tantrums, patients coming in with a cold, flu, a terrible cough… the list goes on and on! That doesn’t even cover the risk of radiation exposure, risk of hearing loss from loud equipment vibrations, eye strain, or the continued neck, shoulder, hand, and wrist soreness that hygienists often experience after seeing upwards of ten patients a day.