What makes a dental officer tick? What advice do they give to would-be dental patients? Dr Tórunn Dalsgarð, chief dental officer at Snö Dental Clinics, reveals all.
words: Tamara Clarke
Tell me what brought you to the UAE and Snö Dental Clinic in particular
I lived in Abu Dhabi previously and as fate would have it, a few years ago, I heard from a Danish colleague that a clinic built on the Scandinavian dental principles of preventative dentistry was opening in Abu Dhabi and the focus was to preserve as much of the natural teeth as possible. This was the same style of dentistry I practiced in Denmark and I was interested in becoming a part of this newly opened clinic so I reached out to them and here I am!
Most people visit the dentist when they’re experiencing a problem. Is this optimal? How often should patients see the dentist?
Our focus in this clinic is to educate the community and raise awareness about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. One of the key tenets is to visit your dentist at least once every six months for a routine dental check-up. However, if you have issues like bad breath, bleeding gums, cavities, etc. you may need to visit your dentist more frequently so they can resolve these issues.
Your bio states that you are passionate about preventative dentistry. What exactly does preventative dentistry entail?
Preventative dentistry simple means taking care of your teeth and mouth. It is just like any other part of our body that needs to be washed and cleaned regularly. Preventative dentistry preserves the natural teeth and highlights the importance of daily brushing and regular dental cleanings.
You prefer minimally invasive treatments. What are minimally invasive treatments and how do they differ from regular treatments?
My motto is: Only treat what needs to be treated and allow the patient to take responsibility for their oral health by stressing the importance of daily brushing and flossing. Additionally, minimally invasive means doing cavity fillings, instead of root canal treatments, which are too common nowadays.
Cosmetic dentistry is all the rage right now. Where do you stand on this?
A natural smile is the most beautiful and unique thing. If we all get the same smile (with a dentists’ help), we would all look the same and where is the beauty in that?! I believe that oral health is paramount. A person interested in aesthetics must first maintain excellent oral health to ensure the success and longevity of the treatment.