Dental hygiene and oral health are often taken for granted, but are actually essential parts of our everyday lives. The major role of a dental hygienist is in the provision of oral health education and the prevention of oral disease through keeping the mouth, teeth and gums clean and healthy.
“It’s never too late or too early to start on the life-long journey of oral health,” says Jiljane Delaney, who has her own independent dental hygiene practice. “I see myself as a prevention specialist and a coach. If you come to see me and learn how to keep your mouth healthy, you are less likely to need to visit a dentist. A healthy mouth is integral to whole body health.”
Jiljane has been in this field of dentistry for nearly 30 years and has made her work a true vocation. “I’m passionate about my job. I love that my patients leave feeling really good about themselves and with the knowledge of what to do to prevent or control oral issues.”
Jiljane also loves that she gets to use some cool equipment. “It’s not just dentists who use power tools. I have the very latest airflow polishing device for effectively removing deposits from around a tooth, including below the gum-line. It’s state of the art, is a requirement for the treatment and maintenance of implants and is very helpful during the wearing of braces.”
You will find Jiljane at 214 Papanui Rd on Thursdays and Saturdays between 8am and 6pm. See her website www.dental-hygiene.co.nz for more details and to book an appointment.