Jenna Arcaro, RDH, examined new research to explore whether it’s really personality type – not burnout – that impacts many new dental hygienists
Feeling overwhelmed in your role as a dental hygienist and considering other career options? You May Actually be an Introvert, Not Burn Out – that’s the thrust of the latest article in RDH Today by Jenna Arcaro, RDH, a veteran dental hygienist at Grove Dental Group, a Dynamic Growth practice located in Wyomissing, PA. In her third story in as many months for the industry-leading publication, Arcaro outlines new studies which utilize resting-state fMRI scans to more accurately measure and predict personality tendencies. The research also suggests that introverted people need to exert more effort to create brain connections – and that effort can be confused with burnout. The upshot is that recognizing personality type and prioritizing self-care can help introverted dental hygienists enjoy longer, happier careers in dentistry.