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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 graduated with a Diploma of Dental Hygiene in 2001 from the University of Otago. I have spent the last 12 years working in General Practice throughout the Central Otago Region. I enjoy working in a team environment and sharing my experience and knowledge to enable people to achieve optimum oral health.
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.
After my family emigrated from the UK we made Christchurch our home. Whilst working in a dental practice I decided to retrain as a Dental Hygienist. In 2003 I graduated with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the University of Otago.
Working in the Dental field has allowed me to meet a wide range of interesting people. Our teeth and gums are an important part of our whole health and I get great satisfaction in helping people maintain their oral health through education and knowledge.