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21 Feb 2018

Five minutes with Dr Davina Graham

What is your position in Pembroke Dental?

I am an associate dentist at Pembroke Dental. I began working here in January 2014, not long after my return to Ireland from Scotland, where I’d previously been working in practice.

What does your average day look like?

Every day is different, varying in the types of patient to the variety of treatments provided. I have a lot of experience in treating children and nervous patients, so there are usually a few of those cases daily. Otherwise my days are filled providing treatments such as fillings, extractions, root canal treatments, crowns and implant crowns, dentures and tooth whitening.

The days are always very busy, and I’d be lost without my hard working and friendly nurse Jane, whose work ethic and dedication makes everything run smoothly.

What do you like most about working in Pembroke Dental?

I love the people I work with. We’re a great team and without them the job would not be the same. Being surrounded by positive people who are dedicated to both their job and the oral health of the community makes each day very rewarding. Together we try our best to eliminate a lot of the negativity associated with going to the dentist.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

- Understanding
- Dedicated
- Attentive

What do you think is the most important thing about being a dentist?

Providing oral health education and treatment in a comfortable and trusting environment. Building a good rapport with patients and listening to their problems and expectations is vital in being able to provide high quality and long-term treatment. Improving patient’s confidence and eliminating their fears and pain make being a dentist very fulfilling.

What is the importance of early intervention when it comes to children’s teeth?

Early education and prevention is so important for children’s oral health. We see too many children being brought in for their first dental visit with a problem and it makes the experience a lot more difficult for them. Bringing young children in with their older siblings is advised so they get used the environment. The most recent advice is to bring a child for their first visit aged one, and although it can be difficult to do much with them, risk factors can be identified early and advice can be given to the parents. Certain medical conditions, medications and habits, as well as environment factors such as well water can all increase a child’s risk in developing dental decay, and early identification of these will only be of benefit to the child. We aim to make a child’s first dental visit fun and enjoyable, which sets them up for continued positive experiences at the dentist in the future.

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