My dental journey began in 2015 when I joined the BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy course at the University of Birmingham. I learnt about the career through my sister, who had graduated as a hygienist a few years before. I completed work experience, whilst doing my A-Levels, at a local dental practice (where I now work, a real full-circle moment) which confirmed it was the right career for me.
A career in dentistry wasn’t something I had ever considered. Initially, I wanted to be a surgeon or a police officer … I know two roles that are poles apart from each other. However, despite being classed as above average academically, there were too many shiny things that distracted me, and I didn’t achieve the grades required for either of those careers.