A smile is the ultimate accessory

Our Hygienists can make your teeth shine!

Meet our Hygienists

What is a Dental Hygienist?

A Dental Hygienist is a registered dental health professional, who has graduated from an accredited school of dental hygiene. In New Zealand hygienists graduate from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Oral Health degree.

In our practice they work closely with the periodontist, providing patient education, evaluation and treatment of gum disease. After your initial assessment, the hygienist will often be the first person you see for treatment. She will perform scaling and root-planning treatment, which after a period of healing will be assessed by her, and/or the periodontist to decide on what additional treatment is required to obtain periodontal health.

Once this is achieved your hygienist will see you periodically to maintain your gums in their healthy state. This is called ‘maintenance treatment’ and will normally occur four-to-six monthly. Your gum health and home care will be re-evaluated and scaling and polishing treatment will be performed.




I trained as an Oral Health Therapist in Auckland at AUT University, graduating in 2013.  Soon after I decided to move to Christchurch to be closer to my siblings. I have been with Henderson Periodontics and Implants for just over a year and am enjoying learning from all of my colleagues in this specialist practice. 


Oral Health Therapist

Emily graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2019.  Post-graduation Emily has worked in the public, private and hospital sector.

Emily is passionate about Oral Health education and empowering patients to feel confident with their smile.  She works closely with Richard Henderson, Periodontist at Henderson Periodontics & Implants to ensure our patients gums are in the best condition for any treatment.  It is very important to Emily to build a positive rapport with her patients.  Being able to show patients that the status of their oral health is improving from their diligent home care routines and dedication is Emily’s favourite part of the job! 

Outside of work Emily is a keen hiker, runner, and surfer.  She spends her weekends outdoors exploring new places of New Zealand.

Make an appointment with one of our Hygienists

Book an appointment today and feel better about your mouth’ health.