Dental Hygiene Appointments | Dental Hygienist Brisbane

Oral Hygienist - Alice

Not only is preventive treatment and education the key focus of a hygiene appointment, but keeping you comfortable and ensuring a positive experience is an essential part of any treatment at BOH Dental.

What is a Dental Hygienist?

Do you love that clean feeling your teeth have after a dental hygiene appointment? As the name suggests, a dental hygienist’s role is to help you maintain a clean mouth and healthy oral environment.

A dental hygienist uses preventive and educational techniques to inform patients about their oral health. Oral hygiene is an integral part of modern dentistry and its team-based approach to dental care and patient treatment.

As stated by the Australian Dental Association, some of the key services provided by a dental hygienist include –

Prevention & Patient Education

Oral hygienists are experts at teaching you to clean those hard to reach corners of your mouth – and this is particularly useful for young children who may not yet understand the importance of brushing or how to brush effectively.

Similarly, patients who have had dental work completed, particularly orthodontics, bridges & implants, often find themselves uncertain of the best ways to perform routine cleaning and maintenance. No matter the treatment, hygienists have all the perfect products for showing you how to clean and maintain a healthy mouth.

Your hygienist helps you keep your oral health in great shape, and teaches you techniques to continually improve your oral health. These can guide your everyday dental habits, and many of these can techniques can be used at home or during your daily routine.

Why Should You Try a Professional Oral Cleaning?

One of the most important parts of a dental hygienist’s job is dental cleaning and showing you how to maintain your pearly whites!

Hygienists love preventing dental decay, and a typical dental clean involves removing all the built-up plaque and calculus from your teeth, and a thorough check of your periodontal health (that is, your gums).

Not only will dental cleaning immediately improve your oral health, but it also gives your hygienist time to assess which areas of the mouth you may find harder to clean. Any areas that are susceptible to dental decay can be discussed, and a prevention plan established that helps you and your family keep your dental hygiene firmly under control.

Our Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygienists Alice Canniffe (right) & Katherine Brown (left)

Dental Hygienists (l to r) :
Katherine Brown, Ngoc Nguyen, Alice Canniffe

Alice Canniffe

BAppHSc (Oral Health)

Alice brings many years experience to BOH Dental as a Dental Hygienist and has received a second qualification as a Dental Therapist that allows her to do routine dentistry on school-aged children.

Alice will be on Maternity leave from the end of September 2019 and is expected to return to BOH Dental in August 2020.

Katherine Brown


Katherine is a Dental Hygienist with a second qualification as an Oral Health Therapist and provides preventive dental care for her patients to help them achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

While Alice is on maternity leave, Katherine will be available to continue the dental hygiene care of Alice’s patients.

Ngoc Nguyen


The newest member of our Hygienist team, Ngoc is an Oral Health Therapist with a strong commitment to providing quality preventive care and achieving the best for her patients through careful treatment planning, effective listening and clear communication.

Our Hygiene Articles

Our hygienists have been quick to develop a comfortable understanding with all our patients, and they provide knowledge and expertise regarding many Dental Hygiene topics.

You can get an insight into some of our thoughts on dental hygiene and some great tips on brushing your teeth in our video, or read some of the articles that our hygienists have contributed to by clicking on the links below!

Gum Disease Treatment & Dental Clean Brisbane

Dental Clean | Gum Disease Treatments

Our guide to Gum Disease and the best ways to prevent and treat these Periodontal problems, such as dental cleans and routine dental check-ups.

Acidic Foods & Dietary Acid Guide | How Acidic Is Your Diet?

Acidic Foods & Dietary Acids | How Acidic Is Your Diet?

If you want to lessen the impact acidic drinks have on your teeth, then check out Alice’s guide here.

What Is White & How Do Dentists Find It?

Shade-Taking | What Is White & How Do Dentists Find It?

It’s no secret that a big, white smile can capture the eye in an instant.
So how do we find the right white?