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The Oklahoma Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Mission

To improve the public’s total health, the mission of the Oklahoma Dental Hygienists’ Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increasing awareness of prevention, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.

Tina Tuck, OKDHA President 2022-2023

President's Bio:

Tina Tuck is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in the Dental Hygiene Department where she serves at the Site Coordinator for the Weatherford campus. She teaches Community Health Issues and Practice Management to the second-year dental hygiene students. 

Tina completed an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene at Rose State College in 1992 and provided dental hygiene care 4-6 days a week until 2005 when she began teaching. In 2006, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at the University of Oklahoma and went on to complete a Master of Human Relations with an Emphasis on Community Service in 2010 at the University of Oklahoma.

Community involvement has been a lifelong passion for Tina. She is an American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking Facilitator, is a member of the Association of Career and Technical Education, the American Dental Education Association, has served as a member of the Weatherford Food & Resource Center (now called Connections) where she served as the Board Chairman, and is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association. She has served in several component and state officer positions over the years including OKDHA President from 1997 to 1999 and was installed as President again this past September. Other community service activities include being a Tar Wars presenter at elementary schools, volunteering with the ODF mobile unit, Oklahoma Mission of Mercy volunteer, served on the Western Oklahoma Tobacco Control Coalition, and founded the Seal-A-Smile program with Weatherford public schools and the Western Technology Center in 2010. She has continued to coordinate the project for the past 11 years with grant funding from the Oklahoma Delta Dental Foundation. 

When she is not involved in oral health initiatives, tina enjoys time in the great outdoors.  She and her husband hike, camp, kayak, and enjoy travelling. She has a son, a daughter, and a son-in-law she also enjoys spending time with.

Greetings! As your 2022-2023 President of OKDHA, I am grateful for the opportunity to lead our professional association over the next year through empowering leadership and a collaborative approach. I look forward to developing the tools and space necessary to best serve our fellow hygienists and students and to maintain our role as public advocate and collaborator for the profession of dental hygiene in Oklahoma. Let us engage our peers through social media and other creative activities and work with our partners in the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, and other oral health organizations in Oklahoma to address work-force concerns, promote dental hygienists in public health and revise the Rules and Regulations for Dental Hygienists. OKDHA leadership conducted a survey in 2019 for guidance in pursuing changes that Oklahoma dental hygienists want and need. We heard your voices and have taken steps to advocate for the changes indicated in the survey. I would like to challenge each of us, general members as well as members of the OKDHA Executive Board to be intentional with our desire to keep this journey in a forward motion, despite the challenges of declining membership and the continued impact of COVID. Let’s come together with the intention of actively participating in the committee work that will be required over the coming year, accepting the strategic direction and backing from our leadership team, and having fun and fellowship along the way. I am eager to support the process because I believe we can open doors for change and growth.

In closing, I have one request…..the next time you have the opportunity to actively recruit a fellow hygienist to join the association, communicate the value of our collective voice. We are stronger when we stand together. OKDHA will take a stance on key issues and represent dental hygiene’s best interest as dentistry continues to navigate staff shortages and work to generate solutions to ongoing workplace challenges while also striving to advance the practice of dental hygiene in Oklahoma.

I look forward to working with both our members and non-members to move our
collective voice forward into 2023. If you want to learn more about our
professional association and the benefits of membership, please ask! We would
love to have you join us on this journey!

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