Community Oral Health manager Diane Pevreal outside the new dental unit.
A new wave of dental care is rolling into Waihi and Te Aroha to help reduce decay and improve dental hygiene among youngsters in the area.
The state-of-the-art mobile dental clinic was built for Waikato District Health Board by Hamilton-based company, Action Manufacturing. General manager Chris Devoy said he was pleased to have the opportunity to design and build this dental unit and is thrilled with the result.
This new mobile dental unit is large and spacious, with two surgeries, an instrument reprocessing room and a waiting room.
It will accommodate four staff and treat about 2,800 children each year. This unit has digital x-ray and the latest of high-tech dental equipment. A new addition includes television screens above the dental chairs to distract children while having their yearly teeth check.
Community Oral Health manager Diane Pevreal said our dental therapist team based in Waihi are very excited to start using the new unit at Waihi College in the coming week.
“The unit will replace an older one and patients, parents and staff will appreciate the technology upgrade which will enable a very high standard of dental care”.
The service provides regular dental care for about 64,000 children from 0-17 years of age living across the Waikato DHB area. The service has 15 mobiles units and 8 clinics.
Waikato DHB community oral health service is focused on preventing decay through education and advice about sugar and brushing tips and techniques.
Pevreal said some the service was finding ways to tailor preventative care packages through the use of fluoride varnish and fissure sealants for children who are at-risk of dental decay.