Tucson's Best Hygienist

Dear friends of Skyline Dental,

It is with great pleasure that I write to introduce myself and express my gratitude and excitement at having the opportunity to provide dental hygiene services for you and your family at state of the art Skyline Dental. I am Judy Hodges RDH and I look forward to helping you improve your oral health and achieve a beautiful smile.

Judy, our dental hygienist at Skyline Dental

In 2017 my husband and I moved from Michigan to Tucson. It had been my dream to live in Arizona by the mountains for as long as I can remember. Snowing on Mother’s Day can have a profound effect. We have 5 grown children who live amongst the states of Washington, Texas, Florida, and Michigan and two grandsons in Michigan. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, traveling, and hiking. I am an active memberof Soroptomist of Desert Tucson.

Since I was 10 years old, I knew I wanted to be a dental hygienist. After finishing dental hygiene education at the University of Detroit, I experienced a wonderful 37-year tenure at a high-quality family dental practice. After getting settled in Tucson, I started missing the best part of being a hygienist–the great interpersonal relationships with my patients. I wasn’t looking for any position, but waiting for the right fit to present itself. After 40 years as a hygienist, I had set my standards very high to find the perfect balance of integrity, excellence, and friendliness in a cutting edge office. Skyline Dental has all three! Dr. Raymond and I share the same patient care philosophies and believe in a preventive and proactive approach to providing care to you.

Attending conferences and seminars regularly is essential to staying current with emerging science and technology in dentistry. Back in the 1980s, dentistry was aware that plaque (bacteria) was the leading cause of tooth decay and periodontal disease, which could lead to tooth loss. Today, research has shown that the same bacteria from the mouth has potential ramifications for many systemic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease stroke, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases, and pregnancy complications. In short, a healthy mouth is very important for overall health.

Recently, due to COVID19, our training has been focused on understanding the science of the virus and enhancing infection control.  We are committed to delivering dental care in the safest environment which means adding many new protocols. I emphatically agree with Dr. Raymond’s decision to reopen in phases for your safety. The science available today, the CDC and American Dental Hygienists Association guidelines, and the shortage of personal protection equipment further support this approach.

In the interim, a few things that can be done at home to promote good oral health:

  1. Brush and floss at least twice a day
  2. Avoid sugary foods and drinks
  3. Avoid snacking between meals

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If you are currently experiencing bleeding gums daily please contact me by emailing hello@skylinedentaltucson.com and we can schedule a video conference to review home care techniques and products that will benefit your particular situation. It is my hope that I can provide a gentle and positive dental experience for you in the not too distant future. 

Yours Truly,

Judy Hodges, RDH

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