For both of you, I would search out other health fields. Dental hygiene is flooded---far too many DH schools pumping out far too many DHs and as a result, jobs are scarce and wages are dropping...but WORSE---JOB SECURITY is effectively GONE now. I would seriously consider other health professions with stronger UNIONS or ASSOCIATIONS who are NOT DEPENDENT on a small businessman calling the shots. Something with more benefits, more job security, more demand and honestly, more integrity. To me, it is a crime to pay all that money to get an education and then have these DH programs LIE to you about 98% job employment when you get out. It IS NOT TRUE. Go for a health profession that is more in charge of its' education and standards.... nursing, nutrition, phyio, OT, etc.... lots of job options within nursing too now....lots of room for further study within nursing that is awesome.... I've loved being a DH...it's been great, but with what has happened within the excessive number of schools/grads, it is SICK to watch the dumbing down of the profession.