Regional Hygiene Director, Edgar Lucero came to DentalOne Partners just seven months ago and with him he brought a wealth of knowledge in the dental industry. Edgar began as a dental assistant at Sears Family Dental now known as Dental Works in Schaumburg, IL. He then went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. For the last 29 years, he has taken much pride in developing his clinical skills, knowledge, and experience to provide excellent comprehensive care to his patients. Edgar has been fortunate to work overseas in the Philippine Islands where he developed and organized a dental mission in his parents’ home town. Edgar has worked in various dental settings including private practices, hospitals, dental service organizations (DSO) and educational institutes. He also worked with the U.S. Air Force at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California, where he was honored to be given a Commander’s Coin for great dental service and also named as a Top Clinician at the 60th Dental Squadron Dental Clinic.
It’s exciting to announce that Edgar will be in attendance at the Under One Roof Conference in Chicago this Thursday (8/10/17) through Saturday (8/12/17). Being a Registered Dental Hygienist himself, he’s a great resources for those in the industry, and he allowed us to pick his brain about the topic. Check out the great advice he has for those looking to start in the hygiene field and even veteran hygienists.
1. What advice do you have for recent grads wanting to become hygienists?
A: Dentistry is never static. Focus on learning, growing and developing your knowledge and skills; never be afraid of mistakes (you will make plenty) because it’s all a part of the long-term career process.
2. What is the best advice a mentor ever gave you?
A: Take the responsibility of helping people seriously; be ethical and do your work with integrity.
3. What traits make a good hygienists?
A: Dentistry and Dental Hygiene is a challenging field, so a person with an excitement, passion and interest for helping people is very important. World-class dental hygienists recognize that caring for people involves the total body, mind and spirit.
4. What advice would you give to someone currently in the dental industry who is looking to move into a hygiene position?
A: Research, research, research. I believe the dental hygiene position is a very important position in dentistry; we wear many “hats” because we encounter so many different personalities in the chair. Clinical skills, personal development and continuing education are keys to being able to help the communities we serve stay informed. So anyone looking to move into a hygiene position should ask themselves… “Do I love to learn and to help people?”
Intrigued to talk to Edgar some more? Come by the DentalOne Partners & DentalWorks booth (821) to chat with Edgar and absorb all the advice and knowledge he is able to give. Then after speaking with Edgar, we know you’ll want to look into the job opportunities DentalOne Partners & DentalWorks has to offer so you can gain valuable knowledge and experiences, just as Edgar did and continues to do!