Ann Arrington is a dental hygienist from Ogden, Utah. While attending Weber State University, she served as the SAHDA President. She graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and received the School of Allied Health Dean’s Leadership Award.
Currently she works one day a week at a general dentistry practice in Pleasant View, Utah. She is the developer and owner of the Blue Boa, a hands free suction adapter. In her company she serves as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Shipping and Receiving Coordinator, Sales Team Director…you name it, she does it! She will be the first to admit she has learned many skills since starting her own business.
The spark that ignited Ann’s initiative to create the Blue Boa was frustration initially. She couldn’t hold the handpiece, suction, and mirror all at the same time. Patient’s didn’t seem to help even if they held the suction. If she held the suction, she had limited visual ability, leading to compromised posture and back strain. In addition, the inefficiency of working without a mirror and then picking up the mirror and recognizing how much was left behind. Frustration!
Ann could not find a suction solution to alleviate her problem. The product with the most potential was the Orsing Hygoformic saliva ejector (looks like a curly pig’s tail). It was designed to fit into the low volume suction. However, that saliva ejector didn’t have enough power in the low volume suction, it hung heavy in the mouth (often displacing or falling on the floor), and the tubing on the low volume suction was too short and didn’t reach the far side of the mouth. The Blue Boa adapter overcomes ALL of those drawbacks and makes that saliva ejector work like a champ! Now the clinician has high volume suction, very light weight tubing that doesn’t displace, as well as tubing length that allows the clinician to access wither side of the patient’s mouth.
Ann lives in Pleasant View, Utah, with her husband and four children. Her hobbies include biking, baking bread, white water rafting and refereeing college basketball. Her addiction in life is chocolate!