“Seeing my patients grow up before my eyes, and helping them achieve dental health and a nice healthy smile,” are the favorite parts of Vickie Basile’s job as a dental hygienist. Conversely, her least favorite is when patients don’t achieve dental health.


“You spend 45 minutes with some patients, explaining the importance of dental hygiene and it is frustrating when it doesn’t sink in,” she said. She added that dental health is closely related to a person’s overall health and is most important.


Basile has been a dental hygienist at Biddeford-Saco Dental Associates in Saco since 1997. The 43-year old Saco resident was born in Maine, grew up in Lyman and attended Westbrook College/UNE to receive her training. In addition, dental hygienists in Maine must undergo 30 hours of continuing training and CPR refresher training every two years to maintain licensing.


Working full time in this position, she earned about $70,000 last year.


Biddeford-Saco Dental Associates is located at 323 Main St. in Saco. They have been in business at that location for 15 years, and before that, about the same length of time on Main Street in Biddeford.