Michelle Arnett, RDH, BS, MS

Assistant Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene

Michelle Arnett

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-3457

Office Address:
9-372A Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene

MSDH, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 2016

BS, Certificate in Dental Hygiene, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, 2004

AS, Schoolcraft College, 2002


Mrs. Arnett graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry in 2004 with her certification in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Science. She began working in private clinical practice and had a fulfilling clinical career for ten years before pursuing a graduate degree. Mrs. Arnett’s interest in education and research led her to the University of Michigan (U-M) School of Dentistry where she obtained a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) in 2016.

As a MSDH student, she was invited to join the U-M Dental Hygiene (DH) faculty. In addition to teaching in the entry-level and degree-completion DH programs, Mrs. Arnett was a clinical research coordinator and practicing dental hygienist in the U-M Department of Graduate Periodontics. Mrs. Arnett joined the University of Minnesota in 2018 as a Clinical Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Department of Primary Dental Care.

Mrs. Arnett’s professional memberships include Sigma Phi Alpha-Nu Chapter, American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Her research focus is motivational interviewing and periodontology. 

Awards & Recognition

  • 11th Ramfjord Pre-Symposium Poster Session Award, Dental Hygiene Science, University of Michigan, 2016
  • King-Chavez-Parks Initiative Future Faculty Fellowship Award, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2016
  • Sigma Phi Alpha. Nu Chapter, Dental Hygiene Honor Society, 2016
  • American Dental Hygienists’ Association~DENTSPLY Graduate Student Research Program; University of Michigan Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Program Representative, 2016
  • Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2015



Arnett MC, Korte D, Richards PS, Saglik S, Taichman SL, Kinney JS, Gwozdek AE. Effect of faculty development activities on dental hygiene faculty perceptions of and teaching about motivational interviewing: a pilot study. J Dent Educ. 2017 Aug;81(8):969-77.

Arnett MC, Gwozdek A. Motivational interviewing for the clinical dental hygienist. Dimensions.2017 May;5(15):54-57.

Arnett MC, Gwozdek A, Ahmed S, Beaubien HD, Yaw KB, Eagle IT. Assessing the use of loupes and lights in dental hygiene educational programs. J Dent Hyg. 2017 Dec;92(6):15-20.

Nieto V, Arnett M, Furgeson D. Attitudes and access patterns of Michigan veterans not eligible for VA oral health care: A cross-sectional study. J Dent Hyg. 2019.Aug;93(4):6-13.

Mailoa J, Arnett M, Chan HL, George FM, Kaigler D, Wang HL. The association between buccal mucosa thickness and periimplant bone loss and attachment loss: A cross-sectional study. Implant Dent. 2018 Oct;27(5):575-81.