How Well Do You Really Know Your Dental Hygienist? We’ve Got the Scoop on Gayle.
In the past few months, you’ve gotten to know your dentists a bit better through our Staff Q&A blog posts. Now, it’s time to learn more about our wonderful hygienists! As always, we channeled our inner journalists to get the scoop to share with you all.
Q&A with Romeoville Dental Center Hygienist Gayle
Q. How long have you been a Romeoville Dental Center Hygienist?
I’ve been a hygienist for more than 40 years, and still love coming to work. I have been working here in Romeoville since about 2013. It may sound like a long time, but it has gone by quickly! It’s a pleasure to work with my colleagues and help our patients every day.
Q. How and when did you decide to become a dental hygienist?
By the end of high school, my mind was made up! I originally thought I wanted to be a lawyer, so I took a class that included things like a day in law school and a day in court, and in the end, it just didn’t feel like me. That was enough to change my mind! Thinking about what I did enjoy and was good at, it came down to science. I thought about nursing, but being a hygienist just suited me better. The rest was history!
Q. What is it that you love about being a hygienist?
The thing I love dearly about my job is getting to talk to so many different people all day every day. No two conversations are the same, and I always learn something!
Q. Can you share what you love about Romeoville and the surrounding area?
It’s a wonderful place to live! I’ve lived in the Chicago area for my entire life, and honestly, it never crossed my mind to live anywhere else. A short drive in one direction and you’re in the city, and a short drive in the other direction you’re in the peace and quiet of the country. I’ll admit it’s a lot more fun when there’s not a pandemic, but even throughout the past year, it’s been a supportive and strong community to call home.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Yoga is one of my favorite things to do, and I’ve studied a bit of its sister science Ayurveda as well. My family plays card games like Hearts and Spades, and we love spending time together. We enjoy traveling a great deal, under normal circumstances of course, and we have our hearts set on a trip to Alaska when we are able. And like many others in our office, I very much enjoy reading. My daughter and I have been reading the books of Kristin Hannah, and are looking forward to reading the recently-released The Four Winds.
Q. Last but not least, one more question for you as a dental hygienist. What are your top three pieces of advice for patients?
Floss, floss, and more floss! Seriously, it could not be more important. It is difficult starting a new habit, but it is a really important one that can save you from many dental issues in the future. Routine preventative care is vital as well for long-term dental health.
That’s a wrap on our chat with hygienist Gayle. Keep an eye out next month for our next Romeoville Dental Hygienist Q&A, and in case you missed them, check out our Q&As with Dr. Nina Arora, Dr. Umang Patel, and Dr. Saba Sheikh.
Time for a Visit?
To come in and meet Romeoville hygienist Gayle and see the rest of the Romeoville Dental Center staff, give us a call at 815-886-0875 or fill out this form.