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Island Dental believes “mouth is not an island”

ISLAND Dental is a locally owned and independently operated family dental practice in the heart of Hobart.

The modern practice is conveniently located at 195 Elizabeth Street with ample on-street metred parking.

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

Associate dentists Dr Sophie Lomas and Dr Jessica Jerome provide experience, dynamics and expertise to the team.

Since opening its doors to the Tasmanian community last year, Island Dental has grown from one dentist to three and offers extended operating hours, including some Saturdays.

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.

This unique ‘Island Dental experience’ is the reason the team have been able to put smiles on the face of more than 1000 patients within a year of opening.

Dr Girish said he had a clear vision about making dentistry more accessible to everyone in the community.

“Mouth is not an island,” he said.

“Dental health is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing of a person.

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

“The importance of keeping the mouth and body healthy is more important now than ever during the pandemic.”

Dr Girish highlighted the importance of a good oral hygiene routine, regular dental visits, and healthy diet and lifestyle for protecting dental health and maintaining general health, especially with the lifestyle changes happening globally.

Reducing oral micro-organisms would also benefit the immune system.

“There is an increased consumption of alcohol, tobacco products and processed foods and drinks during this pandemic,” Dr Girish said.

“The sugar and acids in these substances are detrimental to dental health.”

The dentists at Island Dental can perform a comprehensive oral examination and discuss treatment options for you.

In the event of dental emergencies, they will try to accommodate patients on the same day.

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

The team at Island Dental also participate in various outreach programs and oral health promotion.

Dr Girish was nominated for Fellowship in the International College of Dentists for his leadership and substantial contributions to the oral health in the community.

Caption: From left, Island Dental senior dental assistant Alyssa Tangpos, patient coordinator Kylie Barr, trainee dental assistant Felicity Swain, dentist Dr Sophie Lomas, principal dentist Dr Girish Sasidharan and managing director Jasmine Raju.