Shirley Gutkowski takes a deep dive into the history and politics of dentla hygiene with guest Christel Autuori. In the mid 1970's the primere school of dental hygiene, Forsyth University, embarked on an experiment: can dental hygienists be trained to place amalgam fillings and give patients anesthetic injections. The study was a resounding success, and organized dentistry went into damage control.
Christel was a student at the school and lived to tell about the fallout. She's written a summary recently in ACCESS magazine and has presented on the topic at state dental hygiene meetings across New England.
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