A dental therapist is highly qualified and experienced in providing dental care to children and adolescents. Some can also treat adults and carry out hygiene treatments.
Dental therapists and hygienists and Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic
At Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic, our therapists and hygienists are a vital part of your dental care team. They are specifically trained in oral hygiene, which is critical to the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums.
A healthy mouth aids the appearance of an attractive smile, supports your eating ability and assists the prevention of tooth and gum disease, tooth loss, pain and costly future restorative procedures.
Our dental therapy services
Dental therapists provide a wide range of dental care services, including:
- Examining the teeth and mouth
- Preparing a care plan and discussing treatment options with the child’s parents
- Restoring adult and baby teeth and removing ‘baby’ teeth when needed
- 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?
The first priority of our dental therapist is to make sure you and your child feel relaxed and comfortable when you come to the clinic. Dental therapists are highly skilled at communication and have great people skills in order to communicate easily and clearly with their patients and parents, as well as with other healthcare providers and the local community. Working to foster positive attitudes to oral health, dental therapists have the ability inspire confidence in those they meet.
Of course, dental therapists also need to have strong technical skills and are highly skilled in diagnosing common dental problems. With an ability to make sound judgments about treatment options, dental therapists make great use of their problem-solving and decision-making skills to make sure your child receives the best possible care and the right treatment for them.