Work in this field requires good manual dexterity and the ability to perform precision work. Equally important is the ability to communicate well and to work as a member of a team. For hygienists, it is essential to have good people skills, especially as you'll be spending a lot of time in close proximity to a client, peering down their mouth! Good organisational skills and the ability to juggle a variety of tasks at once are some of the necessary traits required in the trade. Dental hygienists and assistants work in dental clinics. Their working hours are generally Monday To Friday, from 8.30am to 5pm. Many clinics are open at least one evening per week and on Saturday mornings. Technicians work in a lab usually from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.