Part Time Hygienist (GDC no 5983)
I was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith and qualified as a dental nurse approximately 1994 ish (honestly, I cannot remember) Carlisle, Cumbria. After seven years of nursing, I decided to expand my skillset and took on hygiene at Newcastle Dental Hospital. I qualified with Merit and the highest clinical grade in my year December 2001.
I have worked within Newcastle ever since, practicing in small family run to corporate dental practices. I have vast experience in providing NHS, private and Denplan hygiene care. I get enormous pleasure in transforming patients mouths by giving them personalised advice on what will work best for them to improve their oral hygiene. I see it as an important life skill, especially as research is showing links to poor oral health to other health diseases.
As a hygienist, I am able to spend longer with my patients compared to a dentist. This puts me in an advantageous position of being able to really getting to know my patients. This can only be beneficial as I can apply that to help patients not only improve their plaque and bleeding scores but I can provide the invaluable link between dentist, patient and other members of the dental team.
- National Certificate in dental Nursing 1994
- Diploma Dental Hygiene Ncl 2001
Karen is available Monday morning only
BEHIND THE SMILE
We asked Karen some questions to find out more about the woman behind the smile. Away from her professional life, what are the things she holds dear?
If you were able to invite three people (fictional or non fictional), (present or past) to your dinner table who would they be and why?
David Attenborourgh – the world would be a nicer place if everyone listened to the advice of this man.
Barack Obama – a man with vision and someone who I could listen to for hours.
Peter Kay – with every good dinner party, you need a good comedian, they don’t come much funnier.
If you weren’t a dentist, what would you want to do as a career?
Paramedic or animal hospital for hedgehogs.
If you were to share one piece of dental advice, what would it be?
Prevention is always better than cure. The cleaner you keep your teeth , the more likely you will hold onto them.
What is your favourite charity?
Great North Air Ambulance