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National Dental Hygiene Month: Giving a Shoutout to Our Dental Hygienists

 

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month—when the emphasis is on good oral health and the important work of our amazing dental hygienists.

What Do Dental Hygienists Do?

You interact with a dental hygienist each time you visit our office for routine cleanings, but do you really know what they do? Dental hygienists are crucial in educating patients on the importance of proper dental care.

When patients first come back to the chair, our hygienists review dental and health histories with them. This is one way that they screen patients for potential dental concerns. Then, the hygienists complete the initial cleaning, followed by X-rays if necessary.

When the dentist arrives, the hygienists will record notes, such as any treatment performed by the dentist, into the patient’s chart for future reference.

Most importantly, they’ll make sure each patient leaves the office with a clean, healthy smile.

The Evolution of the Profession

According to RDH Magazine, dental hygienists were called “dental nurses” back in the 1880s. However, in 1906, a dentist decided he didn’t like that term for his assistant, who he was training to scale and polish teeth. So, he decided “dental hygienist” was more appropriate.

In 1910, the Ohio College of Dentistry began a formal program for dental nurses. However, “the dental community objected so strongly that graduates were not allowed to practice,” as reported on the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry’s Timeline of Dental Hygiene.

Then, in 1913, the Fones School of Dental Hygiene opened in Bridgeport, Conn., according to the timeline. Five years later, Connecticut became the first state to pass a dental hygienist licensure law.

Soon after, the American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA) was founded in 1923. Here are some other interesting tidbits on the profession from the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry:

  • 1964: The ADHA deleted the word “female” from its bylaws
  • 1965: The first male dental hygienist graduated from the University of New Mexico
  • 1970: Dental hygienists were finally allowed to wear pants as part of their uniform
  • 1980s: Dental hygienists stopped wearing caps as part of their uniform

Recognizing Our Dental Hygienists

Our dental hygienists, Gayle, Jaime and Lou, use their knowledge and personable nature to make our patients feel comfortable and cared for.

Jaime
Jaime

Jaime has been a hygienist for 18 years. She’s known around the office for her ability to build connections with our patients.

“I like to think that I have a lot of compassion and empathy for others,” she said. Learn more about Jaime and her approach to patient care.

Gayle
Gayle

Gayle originally wanted to be a lawyer. Fortunately for us, “it just didn’t feel like me,” she said.

One of the things she enjoys about being a hygienist is talking to so many different people every day. And we love talking to her. Get the scoop on what keeps Gayle busy outside of work.

Lou
Lou

Lou is known for her skills in helping those who haven’t been to a dentist in a while.

“We get a lot of people who have had bad experiences, and making them comfortable is critical because if you can’t, it’s very hard to give them the best care that they need and deserve,” she said.

Learn more about Lou, how she chose her career and some of her favorite pastimes.

No matter which of our dental hygienists you visit in our office, you’ll be in good hands!

Celebrate With Us

If you visit our office this month, please extend a Happy National Dental Hygiene Month to all of our hygienists! To schedule your next visit, complete our contact form or call our office at 815-886-0875.

 

Testimonials

 

Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

Victoria esposito
Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

Phyllis Lanphear
Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.