Dr. Esther Wilkins, “Godmother of Dental Hygiene,” has Passed Away

Dr. Esther Wilkins, a Chelmsford native and longtime professor at Tufts University who was known as the “godmother of dental hygiene” as one of the world’s foremost experts in the field, died Monday. She turned 100 just three days prior.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine was to celebrate the achievements Wilkins and two others Friday.

Wilkins was a true icon in the world of dental hygiene.

She published the Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist in 1959, a book now in its 12th edition. The work is considered the “dental hygienist’s bible,” said Dailyfloss.com.

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