Hannah Housewright, RDH
As a young adult patient, I was diagnosed with gum disease and cavities. I lost my first tooth to decay at 22 years old and I didn’t want to keep losing teeth – but how? I asked at every dental appointment about how to prevent more cavities and the answer was always brush more. I was brushing and flossing as directed. There had to be a way to stop having disease, right? I wasn’t getting what I wanted or needed from the traditional dental model. I felt frustrated, unimportant and most of all judged. At the same time, with the amount of time I spent in a dental chair receiving treatment I realized that dentistry was fascinating. When I was ready to go back to school myself after my youngest went to school, I decided to go into Dental Hygiene school.
Going into the Dental Field as a second career, I knew I wanted to practice Hygiene in a DIFFERENT way than I had experienced it as a patient. I wanted to be the hygienist I needed. I wanted to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for learning. I didn’t want to “just clean teeth”, but wanted to make a difference in people’s lives! In my more than 5 years at Moorkamp & Arthur Family Dentistry, I have had the blessing of working with patients to improve their dental and overall health. Every day I get to build lasting relationships with patients and partner together to help them achieve the level of health that they want. I get to be the hygienist I wish I would have had – how wonderful!
When I’m not with my work family, I get to fulfill my most important role of mother to my four kids – Abby, Nick, Ryan, and Claire; and wife to my best friend, Josh. I love to spend time outside, DIY projects around the house, I work with the youth at church, love my animals, and am constantly devouring audiobooks and podcasts.