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A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast

Oct 29, 2021

This week on A Tale of Two Hygienists TIPisode we are joined by Michelle and Andrew! Your hosts are talking about comments made by Lobbyist Dave Marsh for the Illinois State Dental Society.


The comment that got Michelle, Andrew and should get you fired up: 


I just don’t feel anybody with a two-year associate degree is medically qualified to correct your health, they’re trained to clean teeth. They take a sharp little instrument and scrape your teeth. That’s what they do. That’s all they do.” - Dave Marsh lobbyist for the Illinois dental society


If you have feelings about this statement made by Mr. Marsh and you would like to email him, his email is: 


Episode Highlights

  • The Comment
  • The Inaccuracy 
  • Be a Smart Dentist
  • Privilege of Not Being Involved in Politics 
  • Call your Senator and State Legislators




“We are not trying to be dentists, we are trying to be preventive care specialists.” 


“What a slap in the face to your constituents!” 


“It was abhorrent and wrong, factually wrong.” 


“Remind me, are some associate degrees nursing degrees?”


“If you are a smart dentist you will create as many feeder outlets into your practice as you can.” 


“They are missing the role of what we do.” 


“By not being involved in politics it is our community and profession that is going to take the hit.”




Article: In a battle reflecting turf wars around the country, Illinois dentists helped defeat bills that would have allowed hygienists to practice in nursing homes and prisons 


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