Good oral hygiene is critical to the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. An important part of the team at Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic are our therapists and hygienists who are specifically trained in oral hygiene. A healthy mouth aids the appearance of an attractive smile and eating ability and assists the prevention of tooth and gum disease, tooth loss, pain and costly future restorative procedures.
Dental Therapists provide dental care to children, adolescents and young adults.
Dental Therapists provide a wide range of dental care which might include:
- Examining the teeth and mouth
- Preparing a care plan and discussing treatment options with the child's parents
- Restoring adult and baby teeth and maybe removing 'baby' teeth
- Keeping dental records
- Providing preventive dental care such as Fissure Sealants and Fluoride Therapies
- Referring children who require further dental treatment to another dental provider
- Engaging in prevention and oral health care advice
- Oral health Promotion in the community
What sorts of skills does a dental therapist have?
Dental therapists need to have technical skills and must be skilled in diagnosing common dental problems. Problem-solving and decision-making skills are also important. They should have good communication and people skills in order to communicate easily and clearly with their patients and parents. as well as with other health care providers and the public
Dental therapists should be able to inspire confidence in order to foster positive attitudes to oral health. They must also be able to make sound judgments about treatment options.