Gwen Grosso, M.S.
A.S in Dental Hygiene from Hudson Valley Community College
B.S in Dental Hygiene from University of New Haven
M.S. in Education from University of Bridgeport
Gwen has been in academia for 17 years and a practicing hygienist for 29 years. She has taught in a variety of clinical and public health settings. She taught at both the associate and baccalaureate levels. She currently is the Junior level Clinic Coordinator and teaches Pharmacology and Pain Management, Local Anesthesia, and Advanced Dental Hygiene Concepts.
She has developed a course in accordance with the Connecticut Dental Hygiene Practice Act, to educate registered dental hygienists and University of New Haven students in the certification of Local Anesthesia.
She is a published author and has lectured for Professional Learning Services. Gwen maintains affiliation with the American Dental Hygiene Association and has served as Treasurer and membership Chairperson for the Danbury Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Gwen serves on various university committees and is the Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha.
She has been involved in many community activities with the New Haven Dental Society, including Dynamite Dental Day, Connecticut Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile Day.
What do you think makes the University of New Haven DH program unique?
The faculty, we are all dedicated to the success of our students. We are colleagues as well as friends.
What do you like most about the profession of dental hygiene?
It is constantly evolving. Advances in medicine have made the correlation between oral health and systemic health. Dental hygienists are in a unique position to educate patients on oral health as well as a myriad of health related issues.
Getting to know your professor (Tell prospective students something about you)
I have been involved in the dental field since I was 18 years old…well, sort of. I was going to college and needed a part-time job. I began working in a dental office as the maintenance person, I came in at the end of the day and cleaned the office. Eventually, the office was hiring a dental assistant and I applied for the job. I really enjoyed working with the patients and thought I would enjoy the profession of dental hygiene. So I applied to a dental hygiene program …and the rest is history. To this day I feel so fortunate to have needed that part-time job that lead me to the profession of dental hygiene.
Published Books and Articles
Grosso, G. Taste Alteration: A Manifestation of Systemic Drug Use. Journal of Practical Hygiene, Winter 2009; 18 (1): 12-13
Grosso G, Prajer R, “Substance Use and its Impact on Dental Hygiene Treatment”; Journal of Practical Hygiene 2007; May 22-24
Grosso G, Prajer R, "Quelling the Anxiety"; Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, 2005; June 40-43.
Grosso, G, Prajer, R. DH Notes: Dental Hygienist's Chairside Pocket Guide