Charlotte Smiled... ramblings of a dental hygienist that never sits still.
Charlotte Smiled... ramblings of a dental hygienist that never sits still.
I've been a dental hygienist for twenty years...with quite a few side gigs. All of those hustles came from a genuine curiosity about the world around me and a fascination with people and technology. #YOLO
CharlotteSmiled

Cliche' but true.. you'll have to spend some if you want to make more.
 The best things in life are FREE-  like love, laughter and hugs... but it takes money to make money in dentistry!Even as a child working the crowd on the school bus selling Now and Laters and Air Heads to my peers, I understood very well that you had to spend money in order to make money.  I would...  Read More
Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut Oil Pulling: My ThoughtsThe patients I am most frustrated with in recent years are the ones who shy away from treating their decay and gum disease ... insisting that their holistic options are working. It's taken me quite a bit of time and consistent education for them to trust me and...  Read More
I Needed Therapy so I Started a Web Blog
For a number of years, I've been able to find work writing dental blogs for marketing firms and dental offices. It's a nice part time gig, but my name could never be associated with them as a ghost writer. I love educating the public and writing is my therapy too so a month or so ago, I decided to...  Read More
Brushing:  You're probably doing it wrong (Still)
Back in 2003, I remember reading an excerpt from Trisha O'Hehir's book called "The Toothpaste Secret". She basically said that you should clean your teeth with a dry tooth brush to remove the plaque and then add the toothpaste.My brain was totallyconfused because like most of the world, I was...  Read More
When you see a client twice or more a year for over a decade, you certainly build a trust like no other. As a therapist (yes, we hygienists are therapists) I have found that patients sometimes just need help with other completely unrelated topics. There was no preparing for the recent discussion I...  Read More
THE PROBLEM Now keep in mind we are creeping up to a half hour past this patient's appointment time. Although I appreciated the phone call to let us know he would be late, I also was keenly aware that in order to clean his teeth, I would be in a rush. His lack of an apology and presence of a...  Read More
A patient walks in the front door late...
In the not too distant past I encountered a situation that I'm pretty sure I won't ever forget. It was a typical workday filled with lots of medical history updates, full mouth probes and deleting items from the treatment plans that had actually been completed three years ago just not updated in...  Read More
Hospital Hell:  Dental care in the hospital
This post was inspired by a hellish experience and originally published to our office website. My own mother was in the hospital for two weeks. Although the life saving medical care was outstanding, the day to day focus on her mouth was non existent. It's a good thing she had a dentalhygienist and...  Read More
Hi, I'm Charlotte!
"Dental Hygiene Hell" was the phrase coined by my classmates back in 1998. I'm sure we weren't the only wanna-be RDH's that thought our program was one gigantic stress inducing, social life strangling, time devouring tornado.We were neck deep in pharmacology, chemistry, root morphology, histology...  Read More

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