Let's dig in with Laura Skaret, RDH, BSDH | Project Manager, Safety Net Solutions | DentaQuest Institute
Q: Why did you decide to become an RDH?
A: My mom is a dental hygienist, and I got my first job at her office as a dental receptionist and then later was trained on the job to work as a dental assistant. I loved my experience as an assistant and found the work we did fascinating – including the devastating results of dental disease. I saw the cycle of dental disease first hand: teeth would need small restorations, then larger restorations, then root canals, then crowns, and even sometimes implants. I knew I wanted to focus my career on helping patients prevent and properly manage dental disease rather than repairing the damage after it occurs.
We had a pamphlet in the office that said that enamel was far more valuable than gold (referring to a gold crown). I found that to be such a thought-provoking and accurate concept. It’s also similar to the old familiar adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That couldn’t be more true in the dental field.
Q: Why are hygienists important in the care team?
Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment or most proud moment in relation to working as an RDH?
Q: How does your professional background impact/influence/help you in your DentaQuest Institute (DQI) role?
Q: Why do you continue private practice once a week?
Q: What is one message you hope to impart to anyone interested in becoming an RDH?
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