Year joined Eastern Shore Dental Care: 2017
Why did you want to become a dental hygienist? I’ve wanted to be a dental hygienist since my first trip to the dentist when I was only 4 years old! Throughout the years of going to the dentist and seeing my hygienist, I became fascinated with the occupation. I love having the opportunity to build relationships with my patients and improve their overall oral health. The dental hygiene field is very rewarding.
Year joined Eastern Shore Dental Care: 2002
What was your most memorable day on the job, so far? Definitely has to be the day we hosted Smiles From the Heart (The practice’s Annual Day of Free Dentistry, held this past April 25th). Some patients had been standing in line out in the cold since 4am to get a free hygiene cleaning. It was the most rewarding experience because the people I treated were just so appreciative to get their teeth cleaned – something that many of us with regular access to dental care can take for granted. I love working in a place that can make such a big difference in so many lives.
Year joined Eastern Shore Dental Care: 1983
Why is this the best practice to work on the Eastern Shore? People are very loyal to their dental office so I’ve been seeing some of the same patients for many years now. To have watched patients grow up, go to college, get married and then bring their children back here for checkups has been the best part of working here, for sure.
Year joined Eastern Shore Dental Care: 2011
What is the best advice you can give any patient about maintaining good dental hygiene? It’s so cliché, but patients really do need to brush at least twice a day — for at least two minutes — and also find time to floss at least one time each day. They should also visit their hygienist at least once every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup!
Year joined Eastern Shore Dental Care: 1990
What should patients know about their dental hygienist? We know what you’re not telling us! We can tell if you’ve been flossing daily — and brushing for that matter. You can’t fool your hygienist. But, I always tell patients that it’s never too late to develop good habits. So, even if you haven’t had your teeth cleaned for a year or more, don’t be afraid to come in and see me. Just starting simple preventative maintenance can still reverse many serious oral health problems before its too late.
Year joined ESDC: 2017
Why do people avoid having their teeth cleaned? There are so many reasons, and every person is different. Some people avoid coming because they’re scared of the noises and the feeling of instruments in their mouth, others have waited so long that they are afraid of unknown problems. The good news is, no matter how long it’s been since your last cleaning it is never too late to come back and start again. I try to ease my patients fears and get them back into a good routine and then encourage them to maintain optimum oral health moving forward.