needs of the residents in the home. This
is a very exciting move for those of us in
public health! We hope to expand services
to all those who cannot otherwise access
dental care in a private practice.
Can you discuss any particularly interesting experiences you have had in
your dental public health position?
There have been so many interesting ex-
periences because, as you know, working
with children brings so many great out-
comes! Most recently, since January 2017,
school-based programs have been in the
news. New Hampshire Public Radio did a
segment on my program highlighting the
education and dental screening part. Sub-
sequently, NH Chronicle, a local TV maga-
zine, called to tape another day in the life of
a school-based dental hygienist. Then, NH
Magazine’s editor contacted me to interview
for an article to include in the August issue
alongside the “Top Dentists for 2017.”
I have received the education award
from our Rotary Club (2013) as well as
being awarded the RDH of the Year (2017)
from the New Hampshire Dental Society.
Last summer, I was appointed the dental
hygiene liaison in the state for the National
Center on Early Childhood Health and
Wellness. Overall, it has been a very inter-
What type of advice would you give to
a practicing hygienist that is thinking
of doing something different?
I would encourage all dental hygienists
to become involved in the state’s dental
hygiene association. There is so much to
be learned when one becomes involved
with their professional association. This
is the key to learning about what is going
on in your state and who to contact.
Cindy Bishop has the entrepreneurial
spirit that many dental hygienists possess.
Dental hygienists have the ability to im-
pact so many lives and it behooves the
profession to continue focusing on
increasing dental care for all of the popu-
lation. The programs she developed and
will continue to develop will advance the
profession for years to come.
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use our knowledge to help our patients
with more issues than just their mouths.
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