Dentistry Awards Finalist

The dental sector is garlanded with a number of inspirational individuals who want to make a tangible difference to their patients, and one of its rising stars, dental hygienist Melanie Pomphrett has just been recognised for her work when the shortlist for the Dentisry Awards 2020 was announced.

Dental hygienist, and BSDHT Ambassador for the Eastern Region, Melanie Pomphrett completed an MSc. in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice) Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent, 2019. Her research focused on the views of dental hygienists and/or therapists working under direct access in primary dental care settings.

As part of this she undertook an in-depth piece of research which focused on the views of dental hygienists and/or therapists working under direct access in primary dental care settings. At the same time, she joined Philips’ new influential team of professional educators with a remit to visit dental practices and train teams about Sonicare, AirFloss and Zoom Whitening.

Recognition for her trajectory has led to Melanie to being announced as a finalist of the Dentistry Awards for this and her dual role as a hygienist at Hello Dental where she particularly enjoys treating nervous patients - and makes it her mission to make every hygienist session a pleasant experience.

Commenting on her nomination Melanie said: “The dental industry continues to face many challenges at the moment so it feels like a huge honour to be recognised as a finalist for the Dentistry Awards 2020 during this time. I am fortunate to work at an incredibly supportive practice that really values the importance of a hygienist. This allows me to continue to provide the best care possible for the patients I see and ensures I remain passionate about the profession and doing what I can to help push for positive changes”.

Melanie’s passion is not only for oral hygiene and research, but for instilling confidence in her peers, and she imparts this via webinars and podcasts where she talks about oral health promotion and transferrable skills.

Melanie also particularly enjoys educating her peers on tooth whitening treatments during Lunch and Learn sessions she runs for Philips. She commented: “I get asked about tooth whitening all the time. There is definitely a lot of interest, more now than ever in fact. Practices are telling us that patients are now willing to invest in the way they look and the way their teeth look because it makes them feel better. Spending months at home not feeling their best, they are now keen to work on their look and the way it makes them feel.Demand for whitening is definitely increasing. In the last few months, people have spent time on their personal development and are feeling better in themselves and they want to reflect that in the way they look. Others have looked at their images on digital calls and now started to think about aesthetics a little bit more, or maybe they have saved money by not commuting? Investing in self-care seems to very prevalent at the moment. Of course, practices need to be mindful that AGP procedures should follow the local guidance”.

Melanie’s Lunch and Learn sessions can be booked through Philips: and are available at a date and time to suit the practice. It is also possible to contact Melanie directly via her Instagram handle @melaniepomphrett

The results of the Dentistry Awards will be announced in December.






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