-Irene Newman, the world's first dental hygienist.
"The information prepared is what's brought to the chair keeping patients aware of health and oral care".-----Susan Miklos Springtime is just around the corner and we are in the first leg of the 100th year of dental hygiene. The profession has evolved into a tremendous career continuing to use prevention as intervention. Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Dental hygienists play a part in the multidisciplinary team seeing first hand how oral health correlates with systemic health. The practice of dental hygiene is unique as we assess oral conditions and observe the inflammatory process that allows us to play an active role in providing education for patients, assisting them in changing their oral health behaviors. The power of being positive stimulates our patients, fueling the desire and motivation to make the change and obtain their goals leading to improved oral health. The encouragement we give is the most crucial element of the environment to bring upon the momentum for our patients to cross that finish line.
Advancements in technology and materials give promise to our profession. Progressing in our career enlightens us to information needed to be successful and keeps dental hygiene fresh and on the frontline. As professionals, we receive encouragement and support from each other through colleagues, educators, students and organizations. Sometimes we are unaware of these affirmations as it comes in all different forms, continuing to guide us to new opportunities. Coming together in our network on the component, state and national level provides resources available for advancement into our future. Furthering our education helps us to understand the challenges in treatment planning, preparing us to be anticipatory in the needs of our patients.
As we mark the 100th year of dental hygiene, begin to prepare for our kick off in May, celebrating with other dental hygienists in our District from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania here in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Your organization took care in preparing this event here where dental hygiene was founded. Come experience the support of your organization; take part in the continuing education and the "Red Shoe Event". Additionally, be sure to check our website to find continuing education with components in your area. I look forward to seeing you there!
Our Mission Statement
"The mission of the Connecticut Dental Hygienists' Association Inc. is to represent the interests of dental hygienists and support the advancement of the dental hygiene profession by promoting the highest clinical, educational and ethical standards and be advocates for the public's total health through prevention and access to quality care."
What is a RDH? A registered dental hygienist is a licensed professional who promotes total health through preventive care in the roles of the educator, clinician, researcher, advocate and administrator.
Job Board Take a look at our new Job Board if looking for employment as a dental hygienist or if you want to post an ad for employment of a dental hygienist. New posting on ADHP under News page ADHP
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