We are lucky to have three hygienists, providing the practice with four whole days of hygiene care. Good oral hygiene is of paramount importance and at the forefront of preventive dentistry. Every patient presents a different set of oral problems and our hygienists are trained and experienced in preparing an oral hygiene programme tailored to suit their individual needs.
Young children are encouraged to adopt a regular, robust oral hygiene routine and to think about the importance of nutrition – but our hygienists make it a fun thing to do. The earlier we can encourage the right habits, the less dental work the dentist will have to perform.
Rachael Mounce GDC 174138
Rachael came to dentistry because of a desire to make people feel better, and she has a very caring nature; but as a child she initially wanted to be a vet! After leaving school Rachael took some advice from her dad and decided to go into dentistry – as a trainee dental nurse. In 2003 she qualified as a dental nurse and worked for 3 years at a practice in Torquay; by this time Rachael was certain that dentistry was the perfect career for her and wanted to further her learning in the profession; a call to Bristol Dental Hospital found that the closing date for the 1st Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist course was in 2 weeks, Rachael’s application was successful and she qualified as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist in 2009. Patients seeing Rachael will be guaranteed a broad, happy smile, and a caring, compassionate nature.The preventative treatments offered by a Therapist are vital because prevention is always better than cure! A little bit of care and attention everyday can prevent problems in the future, Rachael feels a solid dental regime can prevent a multitude of dental problems. Rachael may have only been with Absolute for a short time, but she has slotted in well and feels like she has been here for many years. Rachael is always happy to lend a hand with many other aspects of the practice, and we’re already very appreciative of the skills she brings to the team.
Christina Weeks GDC 229389
You may recognise Christina’s friendly smile; she started her dental journey here at Absolute in 2008 as a trainee dental nurse, gaining an enthusiastic welcome into dentistry from the whole team and especially her mentor Diane Cox. She qualified for her National Certificate in Dental Nursing, with merit, in 2010. During her short time as a dental nurse she was inspired by the caring role of Dental Hygienists and the benefits their treatment and advice can achieve. Healthy gums not only leave you feeling fresh, a healthy mouth has a larger positive impact on your general health and well-being.
Keen to further her skills she set her heart on Sheffield University, impressed by the high standard of training on offer. This included comprehensive tuition alongside dental students and invaluable experience in dental paediatric, oncology, implantology and periodontology departments. Her hard work and professionalism was recognised as she gained her Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Dental Therapy with Distinction in 2012. Since then she has enjoyed working as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist in a private practice in North Devon.
Christina is excited to be relocating back to the South Hams and is equally as delighted to be part of the Absolute team once again. She takes pride in providing conscientious treatment with a holistic approach.
Janie Harrison GDC 108688
Janie began her career in dentistry in 2004 by training as a dental nurse in the Royal Navy. It very quickly became apparent that this was the perfect career choice for her as she thoroughly enjoyed meeting, interacting with and helping the patients where possible.
Her enthusiasm was rewarded when she was selected to train at the Defence Dental School to become a Dental Hygienist; qualifying in 2009 with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). Janie likes to keep up to date with the latest developments in dentistry to ensure she gives her patients the best treatment and advice. She truly believes that patient education is the key to preventing the majority of dental health issues and enjoys working with patients to find solutions to their own personal oral health problems.