Summer Board Meeting Wrap Up

I can’t tell you enough how honored I am to serve as your Austin Trustee! I had a BLAST collaborating with some wonderful, thoughtful, strong, and creative hygienists. If you ever considered becoming more involved in your local component, now is the time! We have an incredible network of hygienists that will support you and guide you and help nurture your professional development –not just as a hygienist, but as a person. *note regarding pictures- I swear we were working most of the time, but I only ever took out the camera during downtimes and group activities!

Legislation – Two important bills affecting hygienists and our patients were passed in the 2021 Legislative session. Please check out this link to learn more about Teledentistry and check out this link to learn more about the STAR+PLUS program which now has one covered preventive dental procedure for disabled adults.

Ways & Means Fundraiser – We have TDHA logo clothing available through Bonfire . Please support our ADHA delegate’s travel expenses by purchasing a shirt or hoodie today! We also have TDHA lapel pins available on our store.

Component Needs Assessment – Your Greater Austin board of directors completed a needs assessment for TDHA to help find solutions to some of issues with outreach, membership, and communications with members. We spent the morning brainstorming and discussing solutions for some common problems within all the components. The executive board has made some action items to complete these solutions as long-lasting resources for components to access. They should be available to our board by early October.

Student Outreach – TDHA Student Representative Elizabeth Turner from Tyler Junior College has created a student-led Facebook Group for current Texas dental hygiene students. We should encourage all current Austin Community College students to join.

Community Outreach – Remote Area Medical (RAM) has a few Texas events coming up and are in great need of dental hygienists. Check out the RAM website and volunteer recruitment page for more details.

Austin only – We have a local community event coming up at the Palmer Events Center on August 7th 8-12pm. Click the button below to sign up!


Melissa Chagollán Vetter, RDH

Experienced hygienists – Are you ready for a change of pace?

Our periodontal practice in Central Austin is growing! As part of that growth, we are reimagining hygiene to better serve our patients and provide the very best care. Our vision for hygiene has created an unconventional opportunity for an experienced hygienist looking for a change of pace with reduced instrumentation. The right hygienist will be someone who is ready to take their profession to the next level and who gets excited about the opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking team that is passionate about helping patients on their road to periodontal health. 

Here is what our team wants you to know about us: 

  • We are a positive, collaborative, hardworking team that is united in our goal of bringing health and smiles to our patients for life.
  • Work-life balance is important to us. We serve our patients Monday through Thursday from 7 am 4 pm. 
  • We hold weekly team meetings and quarterly team building days that help us communicate, learn, grow and support one another. 
  • Our team currently consists of 1-periodontist, 1-hygienist, 4-assistants, and 3-administrative team members.
  • Our team culture is built around five core values. Check those out here: 

Our ideal candidate will be:

  •  Passionate about their profession and willing to learn
  •  Outgoing, compassionate, kind, and personable
  •  A team player
  •  An exceptional communicator. Spanish would be a bonus.
  •  Experienced with at least 5-years as an RDH

What to expect: 

On a daily basis, your time will be divided between new patient exams and periodontal maintenance. Our new patients are typically referred by general dentists for either advanced periodontal treatments, gum grafts, gum contouring, dental implants, or accelerated orthodontic surgery. Returning patients are typically in the maintenance phase of periodontal treatment and alternate between our office and their general dentist. 

As a provider in our practice, you will play a pivotal role with our new patients in helping them feel comfortable and cared for in our practice. Each new patient exam will begin with a discussion to understand their goals.  Our new patient exams do not include periodontal maintenance or scaling and root planning but do include a thorough collection of diagnostic data.

Our practice hosts a monthly hygiene study club that you will be asked to attend. Click here for more information.

We believe that teamwork makes the dream work. Our dream is to be at the forefront of periodontology and implantology. We are the first and only dental practice in central Texas using the OraVu-Deva endoscope in the treatment of periodontal disease and a dental robot for the precise placement of dental implants. We are growing and continually adding new approaches to bring the very best care to our patients.  

Initially, we are looking for someone to join our team two days per week, working up to four days per week.

If the above excites you, then we want to hear from you! 

Please contact Jenny at 512-453-1600 or email

F/T or 2 P/T RDH Position(s) at Smile360!

Busy private, 1 doctor, fee for service dental practice specializing in aesthetics (veneers), airway, and alignment (invisalign) is growing and seeking a full-time or 2 part-time RDH. It’s all about personality and a passion for dentistry for our whole team! We give the best, expect the best, and you will be treated like the best! We are NOT a production goal based practice. Mon-Thurs position. 

See more info about our office on our Instagram @smile360atx **Also open to a temp until we find the right fit. Please contact me at to schedule a phone interview.