Student to RDH, What Do I Need To Know? ?

You may have a million questions in your head as you are ready to take off (and say goodbye school!). ? I have been there and I can tell you from my experience that if you are not prepared, the real world can be TOUGH. 

I call it the real world because school, was honestly NOT what you will see in a dental practice. At school, you learn the gold standards. And hopefully, you continue with the best practices you learned. However, there is so much more to learn.

? Nod quietly if you asked yourself the following questions:

  • How do get my license
  • Do I need insurance before I apply for a job?
  • How do I apply for a job and what do I put on my resume?
  • I was told that new grads get taken advantage of, how do I prevent that?
  • How do I speak professionally to my new employer, so he/she respects?
  • How do I track my production so make sure that I get paid correctly and how ask for a raise down the road?
  • Should start temping or should I apply for a full-time job?
  • I heard that we will need CE credits. What are they and how do I get them?
  • What if I want to do more – teach, volunteer, etc.?

If you can say “yes I had those questions and I still don’t have answers,” this webinar is for YOU!

No one has ever compiled a webinar series just for the new grads, ever! ?


We did a survey and hundreds of students wanted to find answers. So, we decided to make it an official:


  • Series of 5-7 webinars (online)
  • Style: talk show (inspiration: Ellen show) combined with useful information
  • Hosted by StudentRDH/DentalToaster CE online.


? Insurance, disability and liability – Susan Cotten, RDH – May 22nd, 12 NN EST
?Advice from an expert recruiter – Cindi Roloson, Dental Care of New Jersey – May 22nd, 3:30 – 4:30 pm EST
?Independent contractor vs employee – Audra, Dentalauxaustin – May 28th, 4-5:00 pm EST
? Should you go to grad school? – Jasmin Haley, MS, RDH, BeyondtheProphy – June 8th 4-5:00 pm EST
? Master your clinical schedule – Dr. Joy, RDH – June 7th, 8-9:00 pm EST
? Volunteering in dentistry – Dorothy Ferreira, RDH – June 6th 4-5:00 pm EST
? Money talk, pay off your loans – Amber Auger, MPH, RDH, Millenial Mentors and star of Ask Amber – TBD
? Resume building – Doug Perry  – TBD
? How to start your CE journey – TBD
? Clinical challenges that will hit you as a new grad – TBD
? Special talk with real new grads, their advise – TBD
? Insurance billing – Susan Duncan – TBD



“Insurance, Disability and Liability”

May 22nd – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST

Susan Cotten, BS, RDH, PMT Founder at Susan Cotten Oral Cancer Consulting LLC

Susan is the owner of Oral Cancer Consulting and works as an Integrative Dental Hygienist. She also serves on The Oral Cancer Foundation RDH Advisory Board and is an advisory member of HPV Free Colorado. Susan is passionate about oral health and particularly oral cancer.


“Advice from an expert recruiter: All about interview questions”

May 22nd, 3:30 – 4:30 pm EST

Cindi Roloson, RDH. Clinical Team Director at Dental Care of New Jersey

Cindi is the Clinical Team Director at Dental Care of New Jersey. She leads a team of more than 25 dental hygienists and 40 dental assistants in five offices providing training, mentorship and retention development, while overseeing strict hygiene protocols, as well as production and reporting of ROI analysis.

“Independent Contractor vs Employee”

May 28th, 4-5:00 pm EST

Audra Morris, Owner/President at Dental Auxiliary Service – Austin

Audra is the owner of Dental Auxiliary Service in Austin, a full-service dental staffing agency serving job-seekers and dentists’ offices in Austin and Central Texas. They also provide temporary and permanent employment services for dental hygienists, dental assistants, business assistants, office managers, and dentists.


“Volunteering in dentistry”​​

June 6th 4-5:00 pm EST

Dorothy Ferreira, MSDH, RDH

Dorothy has been working in the dental field for 38 years. Dorothy attended Bergen Community College’s Dental Hygiene program and went on to graduate Summa Cum Laud with a bachelor and master’s degree in dental hygiene from Fones School of Dental Hygiene. Besides her clinical work in private practice and teaching at Bergen Community College, Dorothy has vast mission experience having volunteered on 16 missions with Alliance for Smiles, a nonprofit organization that provides cleft lip and palate surgery for children in underserved countries.

“Master your clinical schedule”

June 7th, 8-9:00 pm EST

Dr. Joy, BSDH, MHSc, RDH, AADH. Founder of Dr. Joy, RDH.

Joy is the founder of Dr. Joy, RDH and the creator of the Dental Hygiene Student planner. She is currently a full-time faculty member at Fortis College in Landover, MD. Joy also serves as a Consultant Examiner for the CDCA, SRTA, and CITA examination boards and is President-Elect for the Maryland Dental Hygienists Association. Joy uses her skill and expertise to implement cutting-edge training in dental hygiene instrumentation and to promote innovation in areas of instrumentation design and techniques.

“Should you go to grad school?”

June 8th 4-5:00 pm EST
Jasmin Haley, RDH, MSDH, CDA. Beyond the Prophy® Co-Founder

Jasmin is the Founder of Beyond the Prophy® and Co-founder of MOMgienist®. She has over 15 years combined experience as a dental hygienist, educator, and dental assistant. Jasmin helps the hygiene community to Think Beyond the Prophy by inspiring and empowering professionals to give the best patient-centered care, reach their greatest potential and explore career options that promote excellence.

“Money talk, pay off your loans”

Amber Auger, MPH, RDH, founder of Millenial Mentors and star of Ask Amber

Amber is passionate about disease prevention, expanding roles of Registered Dental Hygienists, and creating efficiencies in current systems to better serve our patients. She is a practicing registered dental hygienist, Clinical Consultant for RDH Magazine, host of #ASKAmberRDH, owner of Millennial Mentor™, and featured author in RDH Magazine and DentistryIQ.


“Resume building”

Doug Perry, GetHiredRDH

Doug Perry is the owner of GetHiredRDH.com and a nationally-recognized job hunting and personal branding coach for dental hygienists seeking clinical or non-clinical employment. His passion for personal branding and job hunting for dental professionals started as an effort to help his dental hygiene wife, Tracie Perry, land her first clinical job in 2010. Doug has worked with thousands of dental hygienists across the country to develop resumes, cover letters, and more.


And more!

?How to start your CE journey – TBD
?Clinical challenges that will hit you as a new grad – TBD
?Special talk with real new grads, their advise – TBD
?Insurance billing – Susan Duncan

Floss is #3 in inderdental care

Floss this, floss that, more floss, floss is everything… It seems like floss will save the world. That’s what we usually hear and believe. But there is so much more to interdental care than floss.

These messages are from Michelle Strange BSDH, RDH, international speaker and famous host of A Tale of Two Hygienists.

Then what else is above floss?

One of the options is interdental brush. That is not something we are used to if we are a new grad or worked with the habit of talking mainly about floss. The course Floss is NOT everything. Consider interdental brush and oral irrigation does NOT discount the usefulness of flossing.

But it show meta-analysis that can open our options to interdental care options that may be more beneficial than floss, such as the interdental brush.

Here is a short guideline on how you can BEST “Prescribe” the right shape/size interdental brush for your patients.


Hiring: Writer/editor for our newsletter

Hello fellow dental professional,

To share with you, we have thousands of users and subscribers at DentalToaster. Our main focus is to provide quality CE courses, that are consistent (like you would expect your toaster to grill you the perfect piece of bread), and fun.

And to add even more value, we would like to send some awesome newsletters to all of our subscribers. This is what I am currently thinking:

  • There will be sections in the newsletters (NEW news, public health, wellness, HOT news, etc.)
  • The way the newsletter is written will be more “personal” and fun, not like the articles in magazines. 
  • We can feature magazine articles from various sources too, to not be biased. The writer can add his/her own twist and interpretation.
  • This will NOT be a research-based paper.

The goal? To be THE fun newsletter dental hygiene needs

My inspiration for DentalToaster Newsletters comes from this famous newsletter called the HUSTLE. Their fantastic team digests business news and rewrite them in informative and extremely humorous manners. People like me learn and laugh at the same time. For this reason, they have millions of subscribers and have BIG silicon valley investors backing them up. Can we create something this exciting in dentistry? I hope so…

Think about it, what if dentistry news could be like that? 

So what do we need?

  • A writer who is deeply informed about the dental world and knows what’s up every month/week.
  • OR writers who can occasionally write sections.
  • An editor who can combine the sections and make a fun newsletter.

Our audience at DentalToaster is young. We have thousands (even more) of the new generation of RDHs and DMDs. 

If you are interested in a position as 1) a writer or a section 2) an editor for the entire newsletter 3) writer for the entire newsletter,

How to apply? -????

  1. Send to ClaireJ@dentaltoaster.com a summary (3-10 sentences) or your favorite dental related article, product, TedTalk, etc. that happened within the past 30 days.
  2. Schedule a call with me here. We are hiring immediately.
  3. Send to ClaireJ@dentaltoaster.com your bio and any other material that can help us understand your skills.
  4. Leave us your email.

Have a wonderful week,​​

Claire MS, RDH (Founder of DentalToaster CE online)

Most Commonly Asked Questions – For Dental Interviews

Did you claim your cheatsheet?

On the day of the interview, you need to be on your best performance. If you were auditioning for a movie, you would need to remember the lines by heart and appear most suited for the role. The same thing is true for an interview. Most of us are not generally born with a natural talent to speak and charm others. We have to prepare in advance and take the time to hone our answers. 

Interview questions can be divided into four categories: experience, character, fit, and knowledge. In other words, the employer wants to know:

  1. If you have the depth of experience for the position
  2. If your personality matches the office
  3. If you can contribute to the office
  4. If you know what you are doing and why.

Some of the most commonly asked questions could include:

  • What duties did you perform in your last job?
  • Are you more comfortable leading or following?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • How would you handle a situation where the patient is difficult?
  • How long have you been practicing?

Some questions will be vague and tough to answer, such as “why dental hygiene?” The best way to be ready for this critical day is to practice as many questions as possible. That way, when you get asked those questions, you are ready with the right answer. 

But what if you get a question that you did not rehearse? The good news is, you will be armed with lots of answers that you prepared for other questions, so you will quickly be able to put some parts of answers together. Just like making a quilt, you have many pieces that are available to you, to use as you see fit.

[Interview] How to make a winning dental hygiene resume

In this interview, Doug and I talk about topics related to:

Doug Perry is very well respected and well known in the dental hygiene industry. His wife is an RDH, and he is not! That is irrelevant, though, because his work has been praised by hundreds of dental hygienists. He distilled his 20+ years of marketing experience into a service that dental hygienists are raving about: resume building. Doug has helped hundreds of dental hygienists get better jobs, earn promotions, and reinvent careers.


  • Top issues with resumes
  • How to sell yourself better
  • What is a testimonial sheet
  • Advice on creating a better resume
  • How long the employer looks at resumes (answer below)