Most dental diseases are preventable. This indicates that the main concept of dentistry could be changed to a situation in which the dental hygienist becomes the principal oral care professional. The competencies of dental hygienists focus on disease prevention and oral health promotion; thus referral to a dentist would only become necessary in the event of a failure in the preventive program where disease cannot be controlled. Dental hygienists are uniquely qualified and specially trained to work with the dentist, focusing on periodontal health by monitoring oral hygiene practices and assisting the patient to develop a home care plan to maintain their oral health. Hygienist is specially trained to carry out scaling and polishing and is also expert at teaching patients how to look after their teeth and gums. The focus on prevention and health promotion makes the dental hygienist a very important person in the dental team of the future Dental hygienists are a valuable asset in a dental practice. In addition to Performing technical duties, they play an important role in teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene techniques and counseling them regarding good nutrition and its impact on the oral health. Due to their education and clinical training in a highly skilled discipline, dental hygienists are respected as valued members of the dental health team. Ttest results and develop a treatment plan. They administer drugs to patients to aid in the treatment of vision problems. They care for patients before and after surgeries such as laser vision correction and cataract removal.
Associated Department at Fatima Memorial Hospital
Fatima Memorial Dental Hospital and the FMH College of Dentistry provide clinical training and clinical placements to the students. The students benefit from the full fledged teaching Dental Hospital established in 2001. 50 dental units provide sufficient room to practice all forms of dental treatment. Highly qualified dental surgeons run the department. Plans are underway to expand it into a 75 unit Dental Hospital. All sub-specialties are available for patients, including:
3. Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery
4. Operative Dentistry
The Department of Dentistry maintains an extensive Dental Laboratory, which ensures the in-house fabrication of prosthesis, thus ensuring cost-effectiveness, quality and longevity. Dental OPG and other high technology equipment are installed in the Department to ensure state of the art dental care to the patients, under one roof.