Education: Greenville Technical College
RDH: 38 years
Practiced: Five years

Teri Blanton, RDH, BS
Teri Blanton, RDH, BS
Clinical Education Manager - Mid-Atlantic

Question

Why do you love Dental Hygiene?

Answer

My interest in being an RDH began as a teenager while being treated for orthodontics. That led me to research and clinical observation to pursue an RDH education. After finishing school and practicing clinically my love for dental hygiene ignited a passion to move forward in a new career direction, all the while wanting to maintain my connection to the dental community. The dental practice and community are unique and appealing as a career choice, which was also noted in US World Report 2015 when Dental Hygiene was selected as the 5th best career choice.

Question

When you were practicing regularly, what was your proudest moment?

Answer

My proudest moments came with the recognition and appreciation received from patients that accepted their challenging treatment and succeeded. Working within patient care is a special choice for individuals that have a compassion, care and concern that goes above and beyond what is required on a daily basis. When patients succeed, we succeed. (On a lighter note, the best highlight of my RDH clinical career was meeting my husband of 32 years while treating him as a patient!)

Question

How does being an RDH help you in your job at Hu-Friedy?

Answer

Being an RDH is of utmost importance when working at Hu-Friedy. Most of our customers within dental schools are either RDH or DMD, therefore they have an immediate recognition/appreciation and alignment with an RDH. Clinicians also respect the authority and authenticity of information that we as an RDH can provide. Practicing clinically provides credibility and a unique understanding of the clinical knowledge needed when explaining techniques and clinical procedures to support Hu-Friedy products.

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What do you do to support RDHs in the field?

Answer

Working with students frequently offers opportunities to support those seeking RDH degrees through encouragement and direction of career choice. Seeing the excitement in the student’s eyes is extremely rewarding. Also participating in RDH charity walks and working dental clinics offering free dental care is a way of giving back to the community.

Question

Why do you believe in Hu-Friedy products/the Hu-Friedy brand?

Answer

It is the commitment to excellent products and support of those products that attracted me to Hu-Friedy from the beginning. Many manufacturers provide excellent products, however only those that commit to support the customer with a lifetime of knowledge and services will succeed year after year. It is that commitment that sets us apart from the rest of the industry.