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Ashley Danielson, RDH, EPP

Reimagining the Dental Team: Hygienists as key to reconnecting underserved patients with the dentist’s office

As a dental hygienist, I used to work in a clinic, helping treat dental disease and educate patients about their oral health. I enjoyed it, but I knew I was only seeing a fraction of the population. Where I work, in rural Oregon, many mothers, children, and pregnant women just don’t get to the dentist until they have developed serious dental problems that damage their overall health. Now, however, we don't wait for those patients to come to us—we go out and find them.

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