Nicole Mudge, Dental Hygienist

Hi, I’m Nicole.

I began my dental career as a Dental Assistant but soon decided I wanted to do more. I was then enticed to join the RAAF where I had an opportunity to further my studies and become a Dental Hygienist. Six years later, I found myself wanting to return to private dental practice, so I discharged from the RAAF. This took me to Adelaide, where I again furthered my studies, and completed my Diploma of Dental Hygiene. I’ve now been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist for the past 22 years.

I enjoy treating patients of all ages, providing professional and gentle preventative dental care. A big part of being a Hygienist is discussing your oral hygiene routine and providing you with individualised advice, instruction and recommendations to help you achieve optimal oral health. My aim is to provide quality preventative dental care, and oral hygiene instruction, to support and extend the life of the quality dental treatment provided by our Dentists.

To keep my skills and knowledge current, I regularly attend continuing professional education courses.

I enjoy playing field hockey and you can find me on the hockey pitch at least twice a week. However, playing smarter not faster is my motto these days.

I also enjoy beach walks and discovering great restaurants and cafes.

My two teenage daughters keep me thoroughly entertained and keep me up-to-date with all things on-trend.

Quick Q&A With Nicole

What is the most satisfying part of the job?
I love seeing the ‘before and after’ results from my patients who come in with gingivitis (sensitive, bleeding & inflamed gums), and being able to transform them back to having good oral health.

Being able to motivate and educate my patients to devise a good oral hygiene routine.

Knowing patients are grateful for the thorough clean and oral health tips they have received. Seeing them smile with confidence at the completion of their treatment.

What are the challenges?
Dealing with patients who have had bad experiences in the past and earning their trust.

What’s your best tip for oral hygiene?
Good technique and consistency are vital.

Use your toothbrush for two minutes, twice a day and use interdental devices daily.

What toothbrush do you use?
Oral B Genius Electric Toothbrush.

How do you create a calm environment for patients who are nervous?
A friendly smile, compassion and understanding. Start by building a good rapport.

Don’t try to achieve too much too soon. Taking small steps is important. We don’t have to achieve everything in one appointment.

If you didn’t work in a dental clinic, what would you do?
I’d be a Paramedic. I’d like to be able to help people in vulnerable situations.

Cat or Dog?
Dogs. Cute ‘Oodle’ dog breeds are my favourite.

Sweet or Savoury?
Savoury is by far my ‘go-to’, however there’s always room for sweets! Everything in moderation.

Go to karaoke song?
A duet, such as…… “Don’t go breaking my Heart” by Elton John & Kiki Dee.

Favourite way to relax?
A cold drink, with good company. I enjoy watching sport. All this combined is perfect.

Bucket list item?
I’d love to holiday and visit some of the world’s iconic landmarks and the hidden gems. There’s so much to explore.

What makes you smile?
Seeing my teenage daughters thrive. Watching them laugh and be happy. I couldn’t ask for more.