Purpose Changes Along Life’s Path

For most of my life, I focused far too much on what I thought my flaws were. It took a lot of years and being loved by the right people to finally learn that...

Facing Fear Factors

If you are a practice or business-owner pondering the difficult decisions on how to move forward since Covid-19, it is imperative to make sound, rational decisions, in the absence of fear. While the long-term...

Hygienists and Dentists: Caring Enough to Confront

My mother has a saying: “Care enough to confront”. If the issue and the person are important to you, you will find the courage to face the issue head-on. To see confrontation as an...

Finding my Passion and Purpose

During the day, I went to work, proud to be a dental hygienist improving the oral health of my patients. At night I would come home to my child who was struggling to breathe,...

Leading in the Community: Dr. Carla Thomas

In Inglewood, California there used to stand an empty building that was destroyed by a fire. It was an eyesore to the public, but Carla Thomas, DDS, was able to visualize its potential. As...

Recognizing Signs of Sex Trafficking in the Dentist’s Chair

What would you do if you went into your patient room for your next appointment and found a sex trafficking victim sitting there? Would you know that you were looking at a victim? If...

An Open Letter to my Patient

You put your kids first. You put your spouse first. Groceries, your mortgage, phone and cable bill, it all comes first. What about the new overpriced sneakers for your son, or brand name jeans...

Camp Little Tooth: Combining a passion for children and the outdoors

As a child, Dr. Raelene Fulford only had one answer for anyone who asked what she wanted to be when she grew up: a pediatric dentist.  Her passion for dentistry was fostered by her...

The Power of Asking

I can’t believe I got a D in geometry - I hate math! Dental hygiene doesn’t seem to have much math involved - that's for me. Amazing how my journey as a woman in...

Toothlife: A hygienists dream to build her own studio

As a pre-law student and tennis player, Irene Iancu never planned to go into dentistry. Getting hurt on the tennis court, combined with other life changes, lead her to the field of dental hygiene....

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