President's Message Summer 2015

“We can drive change or we can do nothing and let others decide what changes they want to make on our behalf.”

The profession of dental hygiene is definitely in a state of transformation, we are using our skills and knowledge to advance our profession and move forward as primary care providers. We have been collaborating with many groups over the last year in hopes of finding ways to use our dental hygiene skills in nontraditional settings. This will help bring dental care to those with the greatest need.

Sometimes, I find it hard to think outside the box and do things differently. As hygienists, we get stuck in the same rut, doing things the same way day after day. We need to start thinking differently about what we do. Technology is moving forward exponentially allowing us to work in a setting other than the traditional dental office. The oral-systemic link and the access to care issues are allowing us to think about ways to collaborate with healthcare professionals for total body health and innovative ways to provide dental care to patients.

We, as dental hygienists, are part of the oral - systemic puzzle. We are the prevention specialists. We are experts on inflammation. We are an integral part of whole body health. We need to create a unified message about who we are and what we do to incorporate our education, licensure, and skill, with our ability to be forward thinkers.

Every dental hygienist and their vision deserve a voice in our organization. At the end of the day we are all on the same team. The North Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association is here for you and we want to hear your voice. We want to see you get involved. We are excited about the future of dental hygiene and hope that you share that excitement with us.

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ― Alan W. Watts

Rachelle Gustafson, NDDHA President

Rachelle Gustafson
NDDHA President
District VII Trustee Corner...
Meet Matthew Crespin

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you all as the new ADHA District VII Trustee, especially those of you who I don’t know or haven't had the pleasure of meeting. I am very excited to serve in this new role during this exciting time for our profession. My name is Matt Crespin and I've been a registered dental hygienist in Wisconsin since 2002. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Marquette University in 2002 and received my Master in Public Health from A.T. Still University in 2010.

To improve the public's total health, the mission of the North Dakota Dental Hygienists' Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by increasing the awareness of and ensuring access to quality oral health care, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.
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