Adalis Diaz

Hygienist

Languages
English, Spanish
Education
Associates in Dental Hygiene
Hostos Community College, CUNY, Bronx, NY

Before Adalis Diaz became a hygienist, she mostly worked with kids: “I worked in after school programs, soccer camps. I was also a teaching assistant,” she says. “But I was also interested in dentistry, and being a hygienist was the perfect combination of that and education.”

Today, teaching remains a big part of her practice. “I’ll show patients how to floss, or brush correctly, or how to get back to their molars,” she says, “and usually they’ll say that no one ever pointed that out to them before! I won’t criticize, but I will help point out ways to improve. That way, even though I’ll only see you twice a year, you can practice at home in between.”

Adalis also looks forward to making a great first impression with each new patient. “Hygienists are usually the first person you talk to when you come in,” she says. “I once had a patient tell me, ‘I don’t like the dentist, I don’t like doctors,’ and I’m like—great! I’m not either, I’m a hygienist! It’s totally different! I’m the one who gets to really make sure you’re comfortable and settled.”

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“I’m the one who gets to really make sure you’re comfortable and settled.”

Adalis Diaz