Clifton Hill Dental
Dr Nick Malamas

Why should I see an oral health therapist for certain treatment opposed to a dentist?

Oral health therapists are specially trained at university in the general maintenance of the mouth, teeth and gums, and also in gum disease therapy. A dentist will refer a patient to an oral health therapist for more specialised preventive oral care, whilst the dentist will continue to provide complex treatment and most restorative and cosmetic treatment with the exception of teeth whitening. Oral therapists are prevention-oriented, and their scope of care is highly personalised to meet the changing needs of patients over every life stage and throughout medical and dental changes.

Some dentists will see you for hygiene appointments; however, many people realise that oral health therapists have been specially trained to carry out hygiene therapies. They can spend a more extended amount of time demonstrating a maintenance program for you to continue at home to ensure keeping your teeth and gums healthy all year around.

If gum disease develops, your oral health therapist will customise a hygiene protocol and follow-up on your progress regularly, acting as an educator and provider as your gums heal. 

We hope that you will develop a long-term relationship with every member of our team so that we can get to know your goals for your smile and provide you with the dentistry you need for a healthy mouth.