Kool Smiles Spotlight: Hygienist Brenda Hernandez

Position: Hygienist
Location: Lubbock, TX
School: Amarillo College of Dental Hygiene
Number of years working for Kool Smiles: 8 years

What inspired you to join the dental field?
My positive experience as a child with my dental hygienist!

What made you decide to join Kool Smiles?
I have always loved children and wanted to help care for children’s dental needs in particular.

Describe your experience as a dental hygienist in one word.
Rewarding.

What do you know now in your role that you wish you knew when you were just starting out?
That providing dental hygiene care is not just cleaning teeth.  It’s building relationships with your patients that can last a lifetime.

How do you hope to impact the lives of your patients on your trip?
I hope to impact their lives by keeping a “smile on” and being considerate of their oral needs.

What is the fear you have or a challenge you expect to face going on this mission trip?
The climate changes and altitude.

How do you think this trip will impact your career going forward?
I think it will make me more thankful and compassionate.

What’s a final piece of advice you have for people trying to make a difference in the world of dentistry?
Education is the key!

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