Deborah Bailey Astroth, RDH, BSDH, Recipient of the 2018 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Deborah Bailey Astroth, RDH, BSDH, (left) with Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Publisher Lorene Kent, RDH, BA, is the recipient of the 2018 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award.


July 1, 2018, Santa Ana, California—Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, the Journal of Professional Excellence, is proud to announce Deborah Bailey Astroth, RDH, BSDH, as the 2018 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. This prestigious award is presented each year to recognize the distinguished career of a worthy individual who has consistently and effectively contributed to the enrichment of the dental hygiene profession. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, alongside premier sponsor Colgate and supporting sponsors Patterson Dental and PDT, Inc., presented The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award to Ms. Astroth on June 22 at a reception during the 2018 American Dental Hygienists’ Association 95th Annual Session in Columbus, Ohio.

With her more than 40 years in the field of dental hygiene, Ms. Astroth’s  influence has improved the scope of practice for dental hygienists in Colorado and furthered efforts to improve access to care both in the United States and abroad. Ms. Astroth opened her own practice in 1987 following the passage of legislation in Colorado that enabled dental hygienists to work independently. With Special Delivery Smiles Inc, she provided care to patients in nursing care facilities and hospices, in addition to patients with special needs and those who were homebound. She has also volunteered countless hours on dental mission trips to Mexico, Alaska, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Uganda, while also encouraging dental and dental hygiene students, during her tenure as a faculty member at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, to give back by reaching out to patients who would otherwise go without dental care.

Past winners of the Dimensions of Dental Hygiene The Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award are: Esther M. Wilkins, BS, RDH, DMD, in 2010; Maxine Alper Tishk, RDH, MS, in 2011; Gail N. Cross-Poline, RDH, MS, in 2012; Michele Leonardi Darby, BSDH, MS, and Margaret Walsh, RDH, MS, MA, EdD, in 2013; Juanita S. Wallace, RDH, PhD, in 2014; JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, in 2015; Pamela R. Overman, RDH, MS, EdD, in 2016; and Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS, FAADH, in 2017.