Job Title: Dental Hygienist
Karen worked within dentistry for over 20 years as initially, a dental nurse then, oral health educator and in 2009. She qualified from Bristol Dental Hospital as a dental hygienist and dental therapist and has gained experience in community dentistry, NHS and private practice. As an oral health educator she has trained both large and small groups of people, including other healthcare professionals, carers, schools and members of the public and, in 2006 she was part of a small team which won a gold award for public health at the Dorset and Somerset NHS awards. In 2009 she created a fact sheet for the Mencap website for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties which has been published and also adapted by the Northern Devon healthcare NHS trust. As a dental therapist she particularly enjoys treating phobic patients, people with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and those with complex medical histories and she carries out all forms of paediatric dentistry in addition to some adult restorative dentistry. In 2012 she qualified to treat patients under conscious sedation. She has mentored and trained student dental hygienists from Bristol Dental Hospital and has been a course leader for dental nurses training to apply fluoride to patients teeth. Since 2014 she has treated patients under direct access, meaning patients can see Karen without seeing a dentist first and she has experience in scaling restorative dentistry such as implants, veneers, crowns and bridges. Karen is a very keen gardener and has just taken up photography and she enjoys spending most of her time with her family and walking her dogs.