You’ve been getting to know your dentists a bit better over the past few months in our Staff Q&A blog posts. Now, it’s time to learn more about our wonderful hygienists! As always, we channeled our inner journalists to get the scoop to share with you all.
Q&A with Palos Heights Family Dental Hygienist Gayle
I’ve been a hygienist for more than 40 years, and still love coming to work. I have been working here in Palos Heights since about 2016. It’s a pleasure to help patients every day working alongside wonderful colleagues.
Q. How and when did you decide to become a dental hygienist?
My mind was set on being a hygienist by the end of high school! For a long time, I thought I would be a lawyer. I had a chance to take a class that included a day in law school and a day in court. Ultimately, it just didn’t feel like me. That’s what got me thinking about what I was really good at and what I enjoyed. It came down to science, which checked both boxes. I thought about nursing, but being a hygienist just suited me better. The rest was history!
The thing I love dearly about my job is all of the conversations I have all day every day with so many different people. No two days are the same, and I always learn something!
Q. Can you share what you love about Palos Heights and the surrounding area?
I’ve lived in the Chicago area for my entire life, and honestly, it never crossed my mind to leave. It’s a wonderful place to live! A short drive in one direction and you’re in the city, and a short drive in the other direction you’re in the peace and quiet of the country. I’ll admit it’s a lot more fun when there’s not a pandemic, but even throughout the past year, it’s been a supportive and strong community to call home.
Yoga is one of the things I enjoy most and spend a lot of time practicing, and I’ve studied a bit of its sister science Ayurveda as well. My family loves spending time together, and we often play card games like Hearts and Spades. We enjoy traveling a great deal, under normal circumstances of course, and we have our hearts set on a trip to Alaska when we are able. And like many others in our office, I very much enjoy reading. My daughter and I have been reading the books of Kristin Hannah, and are looking forward to reading the recently-released The Four Winds.
Q. Last but not least, one more question for you as a dental hygienist. What are your top three pieces of advice for patients?
Floss, floss, and more floss! Seriously, it could not be more important. It is difficult starting a new habit, but it is a really important one that can save you from many dental issues in the future. Routine preventative care is vital as well for long-term dental health.
That’s a wrap on our chat with hygienist Gayle. Keep an eye out next month for our next Palos Heights Family Dental Hygienist Q&A, and in case you missed them, check out our Q&As with Dr. Nina Arora, Dr. Umang Patel, and Dr. Saba Sheikh.
Time for a Visit?
To come in and meet hygienist Gayle and see the rest of the Palos Heights Family Dental staff, give us a call at (708) 448-7588 or fill out this form.