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Oral Care 101 with Milwaukee Career College

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4 Dental Hygiene Products Your Dental Assistant Recommends

 

Taking care of your teeth is vital to good dental hygiene and to your overall health. Milwaukee Career College suggests using these 4 oral care products to improve your dental hygiene.

 

Manual Toothbrush vs. Electric Toothbrush

Before choosing your toothbrush, it is important to learn the correct way to brush. A general rule of thumb to follow is the two by two rule, where it is recommended to brush two times a day for two minutes each time. It is important to gently wiggle the toothbrush rather than to brush quickly in a sawing back-and-forth motion. Make sure to get the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Lastly, it is important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

Option 1: Manual Toothbrush – Any ADA (American Dental Association) Certified toothbrush will do the trick. It is important to choose a toothbrush that feels comfortable. Dental assistants recommend a manual toothbrush because it allows you to clean your teeth using the proper brushing technique for optimal cleaning. They are also inexpensive and easy to travel with.

Option 2: Electric Toothbrush – It is also effective to use an ADA Certified electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are ideal because they do most of the work for you with better results. Although they cost more and require batteries or recharging, they are highly effective. Electric toothbrushes also make brushing teeth more exciting for children.

 

Which Toothpaste is best?

Whether you are Team Colgate or Team Crest, dental assistants recommend using toothpastes that contain fluoride. Fluoride helps to whiten teeth, improve teeth sensitivity and reduce gingivitis. Any toothpaste with the ADA Seal should contain fluoride.

There are plenty of options to choose from. Whitening toothpastes are key to brightening your smile. Toothpastes containing desensitizing ingredients may help if you have extra sensitive gums. So, grab your favorite flavor and get to brushing.

 

It Would Be Boss, If You Would Floss!

Flossing is a vital part to good oral health. However, very few people make flossing a part of their daily routine. The American Dental Association reports that only about four in ten Americans floss each day.

Oftentimes, people tend to neglect flossing because there are no instant results. However, flossing has many benefits. Flossing helps to remove bacteria that causes plaque or eventually tartar which can result in tooth loss or decay. If you aren’t flossing on a daily basis, I would highly recommend you start.

 

Freshen Your Breath with Mouthwash

No one can resist minty fresh breath. According to the ADA, mouthwash can serve one of two purposes: therapeutic or cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwash contains fluoride and is used to prevent tooth decay. On the other hand, cosmetic mouthwash is used to freshen your breath by either masking the odor or reducing bad breath bacteria. If you are continually using breath fresheners to reduce bad breath, it is recommended that you visit your dentist.

 

Interested in becoming a dental assistant? Milwaukee Career College offers hands-on dental assistant training programs. You can earn your dental assistant degree with MCC in a little over a few months. Milwaukee Career College also participates in a variety of financial aid programs and offers job placement assistance. Learn more about our Dental Assistant Program today!

Is Zoo Vet Tech the Right Career for You?

Zoo Vet Tech

Everything MCC Graduates Need to Know About Becoming a Zoological Veterinary Technician

Do you have a passion for working with animals? Have you loved taking trips to the zoo since you were a little kid? If so, a Zoological Vet Tech is the right career for you!

What is a Zoological Veterinary Technician?

A zoological vet tech works directly with zoo veterinarians by assisting with exams and other medical procedures such as running lab tests, collecting blood, filling prescriptions, maintaining patient records, and preparing animals for surgery.

As a zoo vet tech, you have the choice of working in a zoo, aquarium, wildlife park, or research facility. You may have the opportunity to work with zebras, monkeys, giraffes, elephants, and other exotic animals. You also must be prepared to handle all types of animals. So yes, that includes bears, snakes and other reptiles.

Requirements

For and foremost, to become a zoological veterinary technician, you must have a love for working with exotic animals. Secondly, you must complete a vet tech training program. In addition to your vet tech training, you must also complete a series of tests including the Veterinary Technician National Exam and your state’s licensing exam.

For more information on specific educational requirements, visit the Academy of Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians.

Career Outlook

Career opportunities for zoological vet techs are continually increasing because many organizations are seeking out experts in the zoological field. It is recommended to join the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians (AZVT). As a member, you will have the opportunity to network with other vet techs and attend educational conferences.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a zoo vet tech is nearly $40,000 which is about $10,000 more than the average domestic veterinary technician.

Interested in becoming a zoological veterinary technician? Milwaukee Career College offers hands-on vet tech training. Vet technician students can earn their veterinary associate degree in less than 2 years. MCC also offers financial aid opportunities as well as job placement assistance. Head over to our Veterinary Technician Program to learn more about vet tech training.

Interview Prep for Milwaukee Career College Graduates

Interview Prep with Milwaukee Career College

Follow These 3 Steps to Ace Your Next Interview

You have put in the hard-work to earn your diploma with Milwaukee Career College. Now, it’s time to show potential employers that you’re the suitable candidate for the job. We’ve prepared a list of what to do before, during and after your next big interview. Follow these steps to own the interview process.

 

Step 1: Pre-Interview Preparation

Research

It is vital to research the company, position and people you will be interviewing with. The more you know, the more comfortable you will be. It is important to demonstrate your knowledge of the company. When researching your interviewer, it is important to get a feel for their personality to understand how to approach questions. A thorough understanding of the organization will help build up your self-confidence.

Create A Portfolio

A portfolio consists of your resume, cover letter, possible applications, training and certifications you’ve received at Milwaukee Career College and a list of references. (Vocational school instructors make great references!) Always have multiple copies on hand to give your interviewers. It is also smart to keep pen and paper in your portfolio to take notes during the interview.

Prepare Questions

Know the answers to basic questions that employers will be sure to ask you such as your strengths and weaknesses or a list of skills you’ve learned throughout the course of your vocational school training. Interviews can be nerve-racking, so having an idea of how to answer potential questions is extremely helpful. In addition, come up with a few appropriate questions to ask the employer. This shows that you are interested and eager to learn more about the company or position.

 

Step 2: The Big Interview Day

What to Wear

It is often said, “If you look good, you feel good.” This stands true for the interview process. For most interviews, you should dress in formalwear or business casual. For men, wear either a suit

or a dress shirt and slacks. For women, blazers are definitely the way to go. Try pairing your blazer with a blouse, dress pants or a long skirt and close-toed shoes.

When to Arrive

It is important to arrive early for the interview. Typically, an ideal time to arrive is around 10-15 minutes before to the interview. Before going into the business, turn off your cellphone. When introducing yourself to the receptionist, be polite then wait patiently for the interviewer. While you wait, run through the questions you have prepared. You can never have too much practice!

Professional Presentation

When you meet the interviewer, it is important to address he/she by name with a firm handshake. During the interview, it is important to remain professional. Remember to have good posture, not to use slang words and to keep eye contact. Most importantly, be yourself!

 

Step 3: Post-Interview Follow Up

Write a Thank You Email

Thank you notes have been proven to positively affect the interview process. 24 hours after the interview, craft an appropriate, personalized response to your interviewer thanking them for meeting with you. In the letter/email, explain briefly why you are the best candidate for the position.

Follow Up

Before leaving the interview, ask for the interviewer’s business card for follow up purposes. Oftentimes, interviewers will tell you when they will notify you, but sometimes following up is your responsibility. You can reach out to the interviewer or your Milwaukee Career College Career Services Representative 3-5 days following the interview.

 

Check out this interview with Career Services Representative, Rebekah Smith, to learn why she loves working at Milwaukee Career College.

 

Job placement assistance is offered to Milwaukee Career College graduates. Check out MCC’s Career Services department! https://mkecc.edu/career-services/

Interested in earning another trade school certification? MCC offers vocational school training for careers such as dental assistants, medical assistants and vet techs. To learn more about our hands-on vocational school training, visit our website: https://mkecc.edu

Surgical Techs and New Technology in the OR

Pictured is a Surgical Tech in an operating room.

The future is here

Those of you who are thinking about careers as Surgical Technologists may be wondering what the future holds in terms of the newest, most advanced operating room technologies. For example, the use of robotics have already appeared in operating rooms around the country.

With recent government rules for better treatment and shorter hospitalizations, especially for non-emergency surgeries, technological advances will mean not only less time in the hospital but reducing the need for some procedures as well as frequency of others. Training Surgical Technologists in the correct use of the latest medical equipment will help to continue to improve performance and safety and reduce downtime.

Where do Surgical Technologists fit into this picture?

With all of the talk about automation and especially the role of robotics in the operating room, will there be a place for future technologists and other support personnel as technology appears to be ready to take over more tasks?  After all, technology has been reducing not only lengthy hospital stays but sometimes the need for certain kinds of  inpatient surgery altogether.

You can relax, according to Robotic Coordinator John Bires, while pointing out the scope of his hospital’s surgical robot, the da Vinci XI as it performs kidney surgery under the control of the surgeon working the control console.

“This is the XI robot…it has a different make-up but can reach a lot more parts of the patient easily. It also makes it easier for the staff to use.”

AS he speaks, the presence of doctors, nurses and surgical techs working in the room emphasize his point: “We will still need a surgical tech. Still need a surgeon. Still need an anesthesiologist, still need a nurse. All the people still have jobs. We can just do the job better with a robot.”

No matter how advanced and useful robots, camera imaging and other new technologies may be, there is and will continue to be a need for trained Surgical Technologists and other key support personnel. Operating rooms will continue to need pre- and post-op disinfecting, and instruments will need to be sterilized and accounted for, ensuring that Surgical Technicians will remain valued members of the medical team.

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"My time at MCC was amazing! The faculty and staff genuinely care about each and every student. I couldn’t thank Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Jordan, and Mrs. Buckley enough for teaching us the knowledge and skills we need to succeed in the medical field. Hard work and dedication landed me an externship I could only dream of with Froedtert Hospital. I am beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to accept an offer and start my career as a medical assistant with Froedtert Hospital. Dream. Achieve. Succeed."


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"My time at MCC was amazing! The faculty and staff genuinely care about each and every student. I couldn’t thank Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Jordan, and Mrs. Buckley enough for teaching us the knowledge and skills we need to succeed in the medical field. Hard work and dedication landed me an externship I could only dream of with Froedtert Hospital. I am beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to accept an offer and start my career as a medical assistant with Froedtert Hospital. Dream. Achieve. Succeed." View more testimonials

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While I was a student at MCC I had an amazing time. All the teachers took the time to get to know their students, even Dr. Cybela. I was able to learn hands on in the career, and Mcc helped me find a Job in the field I studied. This is a great school, and I am glad I was a student.


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Pictured is MCC grad Amanda Krebs working in a Vet Clinic
While I was a student at MCC I had an amazing time. All the teachers took the time to get to know their students, even Dr. Cybela. I was able to learn hands on in the career, and Mcc helped me find a Job in the field I studied. This is a great school, and I am glad I was a student. View more testimonials

Chaya Cohen

The admissions department and accomondations for future students is amazing :)
Looking forward to starting the vet assistant course on the 26th! :)

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