About Cari

My mission, in commemoration of you, the dental patient, is to empower your oral health. I am so excited to have this platform, my heart to heart dental speak, to offer you the professional wisdom I have given to hundreds of patients: Their appreciation of my insight and honesty has inspired me to reach out to expand awareness of oral health.

One of the most frustrating parts of my job is when I witness a dentist give a treatment plan without digging into the causes or discussing prevention, let alone mentioning alternative remedies or natural healing modalities. I’m fully aware a dental practice is a business, and a business needs to make money, hence, my paycheck, however, a good dentist will always have enough work. Dentists have many pressures and limitations, some of which could be financial or accountability to the corporation they work for, and sometimes dentists quite simply are unenlightened, all of which made room for me to be a patient advocate. When the dentist left the room, I always felt a sincere desire to help patients by listening to their concerns and informing patients of their options and alternatives.

I am so ready to offer you dental gems. These blogs are all the subjects I’ve taken the time to discuss with patients and all the topics I’ve wanted to discuss based on everything I’ve witnessed in dentistry. Allow me to inspire you to shake up the status quo of dental consumerism, to make new choices, to ask more questions, to save money, to be better prepared for your next dental visit, and to energize your overall well being.

Cari Griffo’s Bio:

Cari has been a practicing dental hygienist for over 30 years. She received her degree with honors and was selected for a rare internship at Eastman Dental School, Rochester, NY. She then went on to receive a BS in Social Work from Nazareth College, cum laude. She has practiced in a variety of offices in Santa Fe for almost 25 years, with dental hygiene experience that has spanned from public health to holistic private practice, to specializing in dental phobic patients. Her commitment to research with a life-long desire to learn is combined with her genuine drive to provide patients with a whole health knowledge base. Cari also brings her experience as a published writer to her role as an oral health blogger. She has written blogs and web pages for Beyond Borders Dental in her role as Director of Dental Relations and Education. Cari adores writing and has written everything but short stories. Her poems have been published in anthologies as well as her own collection, Ripening 1997. She has written six feature films and gained representation for her first spec script, Million Dollar Poet. Cari’s Canyon Road “The Fire,” pilot was produced by Kokopelli Productions, 2013. In 2018 she was hired to write a historical drama for the Lamb Foundation. Ask My Hygienist is Cari’s opportunity to combine her dental hygiene day job with her writing dream job.