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Elisa Brittain, RDH, BS

Elisa Brittain, RDH, BS
Elisa Brittain, RDH, BS, grew up in sunny Arizona, where she always knew she had an interest in dentistry because, starting at about the age of 7, she asked to examine her family members’ teeth with mouth mirrors. She moved at the age of 18 to Manhattan, New York, to pursue dental hygiene at New York University College of Dentistry. While studying, she served as a representative on the Council of Ethics and Professionalism and on the Student Affairs Committee, which worked to raise funds for dental student and hygiene student activities. She also received a scholarship to travel to Guatemala for three weeks to work at a healthcare clinic, providing preventative care to the underserved population in the mountains outside of Guatemala City.

Elisa received her A.A.S in dental hygiene from New York University College of Dentistry, and graduated with honors and received the New York University College of Dentistry scholarship for continuing education. She then worked as a registered dental hygienist at a private practice near Rockefeller Center in New York, where she found her passion for cosmetic dentistry and helping patients achieve healthy teeth. While working, she completed her Bachelor’s of Science at NYU, studying business, health policy, and healthcare administration.

After living in New York, Elisa returned to Arizona, where she resides in Phoenix and works chairside in private practice. In addition to clinical hygiene, Elisa enjoys writing and keeping up to date with the latest dental technology. In her free time, she likes to run, hike, and go on trips across the country while spending time with her family.

America’s Opioid Epidemic and the Responsibility of Dental Professionals

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, every day more than 115 people in the United States die from overdosing on opioids.1 Although opioid addiction does not discriminate against age, many people who suffer from these addictions started using prescription opioid painkillers in their teenage years. Surprisingly, the group of health care providers responsible for...

Oral Implications of Frequent Marijuana Use

In the United States, the use of marijuana has almost doubled since 2013, going from 7% to 13% of adult Americans using marijuana regularly, either recreationally or medically.1 Although the use of the drug is still federally banned, many states have limited legal restrictions to the drug, allowing people to gain easier access to various forms of marijuana for...

How to Discuss Periodontal Disease & Lung/Colon Cancer with Patients

When patients usually think of cancer in a dental setting, the initial thought is oral cancer. As a hygienist, I incorporate an intraoral cancer screening on every patient, examining the tissues of the oral cavity and looking for anything abnormal. Occasionally, a patient will comment, “Doesn’t oral cancer only happen when you use tobacco?” This is an opportunity to...

Oil Pulling My Leg? Separating Fact from Fiction in Regards to Oil Pulling

“I brush once a day and am not the best flosser, but let me tell you, I started to oil pull for twenty minutes every day, and my teeth have never felt better!” My patient looked at me, waiting for some kind of confirmation that this was a good home care routine, while I examined her teeth and gingiva. I...