A smile is the ultimate accessory
Our Hygienists can make your teeth shine!
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.
Meet our Hygienists
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.
I completed my training in the New Zealand Army Dental Corp in 1995 and have worked in private practice since 1997. I enjoy working in a team environment, both in my workplace and within sports groups. I joined the Henderson Periodontics and Implant team in March of 2009 and have broadened my knowledge and experience working within this specialist environment.
- scaling and root planing treatment
- whitening treatments
- helpful tips for maintaining oral health