1) How you got interested in dentistry?
Due to my compassionate nature and love for the sciences I have since long known that I would be best suited to a career in healthcare. I became interested in dentistry because I have always wanted to be involved in a profession where I am helping people and I am very interested in the human biology.
2) What do you think the role is of a dental nurse and hygienist is?
A dental nurse works closely with the dentist, providing assistance throughout a patient’s visit. Assisting the dentist includes a variety of procedures such as ensuring the correct instruments and equipment are available, preparing the various materials required and cleaning and sterilising the used instruments.
Dental hygienists and dental therapists work in all sectors of dentistry providing clinical and educational care to help patients achieve and maintain good oral hygiene. Working closely with a dentist, who undertakes the initial examination of the patient, hygienists and therapists are uniquely qualified to assist in the prevention and treatment of oral disease, focusing on preventing gum disease by scaling and polishing teeth and developing home care plans with patients to maintain their oral health.
3) Skills & Qualities?
Dental hygienists and therapists need to have a flexible approach to team working. Good communication skills and a high level of manual dexterity to undertake complex oral treatments are essential.
A dental nurse is responsible for looking after the patient and helping the dentist to provide the treatment needed as efficiently and smoothly as possible, so needs to…