Marketplace Dental Centre is delighted to announce that Victoria Holahan, Oral Health Therapist has returned to the Marketplace Dental Centre's team.
Victoria began her journey in the dental field as a dental nurse and over time decided that she wanted to be part of the industry.
"I was blessed to work with great clinicians," she said.
"I too wanted to join such a great profession, where I could make a difference to one's oral health and overall health.
"I am very passionate about prevention and since graduating I can see the difference in my patient's oral health and that makes it all worthwhile."
With a passion for treating children and dental phobic patients Victoria finds a lot of pleasure in her job when she can help patients with their oral health and attitude towards dentistry in general.
"One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is when my patients come back smiling and hop straight in the chair that is so rewarding for me and for the patient," Victoria said.
"Another enjoyable aspect of my role is getting to know my patients and building that trust and rapport with them especially in such a small community."
When it comes to children's oral health, parents face many challenges today.
"So many foods are processed and there are many hidden sugars in food and drinks," Victoria said.
"Snacking is one of the biggest causes of tooth decay, so parents play a huge role in trying to prevent dental diseases at home.
"I feel a huge part of my role as an OHT is to educate parents and children about the impact of sugar consumption on oral hygiene."
Victoria likes to work with her patients on preventative measures when it comes to dental health.
"My main focus with treating my patients is prevention, if we can increase prevention and understand our patients' risk factors, we can save a lot of invasive dental treatment and time in the chair,"
"I like to work together with my patients to establish a regular regime of fluoride application and oral hygiene instruction. Encouraging regular recall appointments can positively impact the oral environment."