Hello! I'm Val, and I'm a dental hygienist from Massachusetts. My goal as a dental hygienist is to 'spread smiles', so when I'm not polishing your pearly whites, I'm creating designs that celebrate my passion for oral health!
A little bit about me, and my one-woman show:
I graduated with my BSDH from the University of New England in 2018, and have been working full time as a RDH in private practice, which I absolutely love! I graduated with my Master’s in Public Health from Southern New Hampshire University in March 2020, where I focused my studies on preventative oral health, and creating better access to care home bound patients, specifically the elderly.
I lost a job that I was just offered and set to start in March 2020, where I would be working for a dental practice that provided dental hygiene services to employees of large corporate companies in Boston, Massachusetts, incorporating teledentistry. Instead of making people take time out of their busy work week to get to the dentist for cleanings, the cleaning came to them, in the comfort of their workplace conference rooms/ free space with my traveling hygiene unit. Less than a month into unemployment, I needed to find something to occupy my time. I had originally started creating graphics for my dental hygiene Instagram, @valiardh, where I focus on dental lifestyle, school/ grad school, and patient education. I created several stickers for fun and they sold out in under 2 hours! I started drawing more, until I had enough designs to create a separate “art” page, @goldtoothdesigns. Needing a more organized way of conducting business, I opened my Etsy shop, Gold Tooth Designs in April 2020, and it has exponentially grown since then. I draw, produce, and package orders for my shop in a small corner of my living room. :)