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Community first at Island Dental

LOCALLY owned and independently operated family dental practice Island Dental has put smiles on countless Tasmanian faces over the past three years – and now it is servicing Sorell.

Since opening at 195 Elizabeth Street, Hobart in 2019, Island Dental has grown from one dentist to four and now offers extended operating hours, including some Saturdays.

The team is led by principal dentist Dr Girish Sasidharan and director Jasmine Raju – both of whom have a keen interest in public health and patient-centred care.

They are joined by associate dentists Dr Sophie Lomas, Dr Sam Yeoh and Dr Jessica Jerome, who bring even more experience and expertise to the team.

The team at Island Dental is very passionate about creating a warm, friendly and relaxing environment for patients, and take a non-judgemental approach to their treatment needs.

The dentists at Island Dental can perform a comprehensive oral examination, including oral cancer screening, and discuss treatment options for you. In the event of dental emergencies, they will try to accommodate patients on the same day.

Dr Girish has a clear vision for making dentistry more accessible to everyone in the community.

“A mouth is not an island – dental health is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing of a person,” he said.

“Poor oral health is significantly associated with systemic diseases including heart disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases.”

Dr Girish has been looking after the dental care needs of Tasmania’s east coast for more than four years by working at the Royal Flying Doctors Service dental clinic in Swansea.

Because of the increasing number of requests from east coast communities for comprehensive dental services, Dr Girish recently decided to start a second Island Dental practice, at 35-37 Gordon Street, Sorell.

Opened this month, the new practice is a modern, ground-level clinic with easy access and ample parking.

The team at Island Dental give back to the community by volunteering their time, and it is this community-based approach to dentistry that makes Island Dental different from other private clinics.

To improve access to dental care for everyone, Island Dental operates a mobile dental unit to serve non-ambulant patients and residents of aged care facilities.

Island Dental also services patients from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre at both their Hobart and Launceston clinics; and the team does ‘dental rescue’ days for the homeless and victims of domestic violence, in partnership with the Australian Dental Health Foundation.

In recognition for his leadership and substantial contributions to the oral health in the community ,Dr Girish recently received Fellowship in the International College of Dentists and was also nominated for the Fellowship in the Academy of Dentistry International.