What Other Hygienists Do: A Look at a School-based Dental Program

Switching settings now, we enter the public health sector, which includes the school-based community. According to the American Dental Association, dental public health is defined as "that part of dentistry providing leadership and expertise in population-based dentistry, oral health surveillance, policy development, community-based disease prevention and health promotion, and the maintenance of the dental safety net.”1 I asked Paula Morrison,...

What Other Hygienists Do: A Look at Care Behind Bars

When we first entered dental hygiene school, we were taught that as dental hygienists, we perform many different roles such as clinician, advocate, researcher, educator, and administrative/manager. Some of us work in different types of dental offices such as private practices, general, perio, and pedo to name a few, while others work in the public health sector. Some hygienists have...

A Dental Hygienist’s Personal Experience with Community Service

Yes, this article will focus on my own personal experiences doing some good in the community. My story could show some insight on how to find what you are passionate about in your own community. Sometimes opportunities such as this are unexpected, and they present themselves to you when you aren't even looking. In my case, I was attending a...

Decades of Dental Hygiene: Daughter of Polish Immigrants Embarks on Dental Hygiene Career

Angie Abramowicz is a recent, 23-year-old graduate of Fox College in Chicago. A first-generation American, Abramowicz offers a unique perspective about embarking on a career in dental hygiene. It was exciting to learn more about Angie and her goals and dreams for her professional future. In recent months, Decades of Dental Hygiene has interviewed Fran Tourdot, Barb Orth, Renee Ahlf, Kelli...

Orthodontic Hygienist: RDH Discovers a “Love” for Bracket Removal

Dental hygiene comes to each of us in a unique way. This is a description of the journey by Candy Malone, BSDH, a 2003 graduate of Marquette University. As a nine-year-old, Candy was an orthodontic patient of Dr. Gregory Kubik. She had the most positive, wonderful experience as he worked his miracle, creating her now infectious smile. Candy also had...

Decades of Dental Hygiene: Dyslexic Hygienist Overcomes Educational Obstacles for Bright Career

Lori Cackovic, RDH, BS, is a 35-year-old dental hygienist who has overcome many battles with being severely dyslexic. In recent months, Decades of Dental Hygiene has interviewed Fran Tourdot, Barb Orth, Renee Ahlf, Kelli Dash, and Kym Dallstream about a wide variety of career experiences in dental hygiene. Jensen: Lori, tell me a little about your family background? Cackovic: I was born...

Decades of Dental Hygiene: Kym Dallstream Believes Volunteering Led to Career Opportunities

We’ve met some amazing dental hygienists, all at different points in their careers: Fran Tourdot, age 82. Barb Orth, age 75. Renee Ahlf, age 67 and Kelli Dash, age 56. The next chapter in our Decades of Dental Hygiene introduces us to Kym Dallstream, RDH, BS, age 42. Kim is a nonstop volunteer and has used the networking connections...

Decades of Dental Hygiene: Temp Agency Owner Reflects on Changes in her Business

Dental staffing agencies have evolved along with the rest of the profession, and a recent interview with Kelli Dash, RDH, in Illinois reveals her perspective about how temping has changed for dental hygiene. These interviews shared in the Decades of Dental Hygiene column gives us a glimpse into the rich history of dentistry. I have enjoyed interviewing Fran Tourdot, Barb...

Decades of Dental Hygiene: Renee Ahlf, RDH, MS

The dental hygienists interviewed for this Decades of Dental Hygiene feature continue to impress me. We have met Fran Tourdot, RDH, an 82-year-old elder care advocate. We tried to keep up with 75-year-old Barb Orth, RDH, BS, a 5K runner who is still temping. This month, meet 67-year-old Renee Ahlf, RDH, MS, whose dental hygiene career is nothing short of...

Decades of Dental Hygiene: Barb Orth still Temping in her 70s

In the last “Decades of Dental Hygiene” interview, I highlighted 82-year-old Fran Tourdot, RDH, and her career. This next “Decades of Dental Hygiene” interview is with Barb Orth, RDH, BS, who at age 75, is still going strong temping after a fantastic career in private practice and some teaching. Barb and I met for lunch. She had just come...

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