Central Coast community members are being encouraged to brush up on their oral hygiene by visiting the University of Newcastle’s Oral Health Clinic during Oral Health Month.
The clinic offers dental care and advice to patients including a thorough mouth examination to ensure any early signs of decay or oral issues are detected early.
“When it comes to good oral health and avoiding decay, prevention is the key,” University of Newcastle oral health lecturer Linda Wallace said.
“However many people do not realise that oral health care is not just about caring for your teeth. All parts of the mouth should be checked at least once a year. Our clinic conducts dental examinations that also inspect the gums, other soft tissue in the mouth, the tongue and the lymph nodes.”
People with dentures are also being encouraged to have a full oral examination.
The 17 chair dental clinic, located at the Central Coast campus, provides the University’s Bachelor of Oral Health students the opportunity to gain experience under the supervision of highly qualified staff.
The clinic gives students experience in treating a variety of oral health issues. In turn, the students play a role in educating the community about good oral care.
“Some people have never been shown by a professional the best way to brush their teeth.
“We can suggest the best method and even adapt toothbrushes, particularly if patients have issues such as over-crowding, to make sure they are not neglecting any areas.”
Students studying the Bachelor of Oral Health undertake three years of training through a combination of theory and clinical care experience in professional practices.
On completion of the degree, students are qualified dental hygienists and can choose to work in a range of areas including as clinicians or oral health educators.
The clinic is regularly open to the public and treatment costs are minimal. Appointments can be made by phoning 02 4348 4164. For more information visit: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/health-sciences/
For interview or photo opportunity contact Carmen Swadling, Media and Public Relations at the University of Newcastle, on 02 4985 4276 or 0428 038477.