by Procter & Gamble Co.

CINCINNATI: Crest Oral-B recently named Ann Benson the first recipient of its new Pros in the Profession award for registered dental hygienists who go above and beyond the call of duty. Benson was selected from an overwhelming pool of qualified candidates for her initiative in starting Mobile Dentistry of Arizona, a practice that brings comprehensive dental care to those with limited transportation.

Providing excellent oral care for all is a passion for Benson, who works tirelessly to combat tooth decay and gum disease in her surrounding community, in and around the Phoenix metropolitan area.

“I am so honored to be recognized by Crest Oral-B as their first of five Pros in the Profession,” said Benson, who graduated from the University of Iowa and now resides in Mesa, Ariz. “I truly love what I do and could not imagine doing anything else; I so appreciate Crest Oral-B supporting me through and through.”

High-quality dental care with a personal touch is not just an aspiration for Benson, it is her way of life. Together with a staff of three doctors, three assistants and one other hygienist, she visits skilled nursing, long term care and other age qualified communities and assisted living homes to provide dental care to residents.

Since starting Mobile Dentistry of Arizona in June 2009, Ann has noticed a growing demand for their services, especially for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These patients ask specifically for Benson, whose caring nature and keen skills, acquired through more than 15 years as an RDH, enable her to rise above challenging situations.

For Benson, successful treatment of these patients is the ultimate reward.

“I have been working with Ann Benson for years, to ensure her patients have the proper tools to improve their oral care, and couldn’t be more proud of her for winning this award,” said Terri Pipes, Crest Oral-B account manager. “As evident through her intense dedication and everlasting passion for providing proper oral care for her patients, many of which would not have the care without her, she is truly deserving of being recognized by Crest Oral-B as a Pro on the Profession.”

(Edited by Fred Michmershuizen, DTA)