Why did you become a dental hygienist?
“The hours were great for parenting and I had seen first hand with a third world volunteer group what lack of dental care and education can do to generations of people. People were pulling teeth on sidewalks with pliers to get out of pain.”
What do you love most about being a dental hygienist?
“The patients. I meet so many interesting and wonderful people while being able to help them with a very basic health need. Sorry to admit, I like to be needed and I’d rather help with an absolutely real need than a personal preference job.”
What do you find the most challenging about the dental hygiene profession?
“Expanding to a public health dental educator. It took a lot to see the need to fill it creatively. It finally is seen and appreciated, constantly trying to adjust and improve. In clinical practice, it is hard to see patients with needs that they cannot afford to provide for.”
What has been the most significant change to the dental hygiene profession since the beginning of your career?
“There is an improvement in care through technology and equipment. Better and safer x-rays for sure. Some offices are becoming more environmentally friendly.”
In the midst of a global pandemic, the dental hygiene community has come together in extraordinary ways. ADHA is joining forces with Colgate® Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to celebrate courage in the face of adversity and promote good oral health for NDHM 2020. Thank you, dental hygienists, for everything -all the instruments you scrub and sharpen, the drawers you organize, and the countertops you clean. Thank you for your technical expertise and the way you gift wrap that expertise with everything else you do.