Retirement for Smile In Style’s longest-serving employee

On Friday 10th of December 2021, the team at Smile In Style had a farewell lunch and presented Robyn Smallhorn, our dental assistant with an award in recognition of the longest-serving employee at Smile In Style – 29 years. Robyn commenced employment with Dr. Rose when his practice was in its early beginnings in Hall Street in Moonee Ponds. Dr. Rose only had one associate dentist working with him then and the hygiene department was just a pipe dream.

Retirement for Smile In Style’s longest-serving employee

Then in 1993, Dr. Rose moved to 821 Mt Alexander Road in Moonee Ponds. At that time, the Sunbury practice was in Evan Street and only operated one day a week. Robyn had some time off for maternity leave and then worked afternoon sessions with Dr. Praveen Nathaniel for many years when he was training to be a crown and bridge specialist. When Dr. Nathaniel left to open his own practice, Robyn worked with Dr. Barbara O’Brien, Dr. Helen Luo, and Dr. Meenakshi Rajcoomar in both the Moonee Ponds and Sunbury rooms. Robyn has watched the practice grow to incorporate a hygiene department in the late 1990s and move from Evan Street Sunbury to the present location at 9 Dornoch Drive in Sunbury. She has seen many patients come to us as small children, watched them grow into awkward teenagers getting their teeth straightened with braces, then young adults completing their high school, to now be adults in their 30’s. Some of which are now bringing their own children into our practice. We would like to thank Robyn for her 29 years of service. She has been an integral part of the team and will be missed. We wish her all the best in her retirement. We hope that she stays happy and healthy and enjoys more time with her family and friends. We look forward to Robyn dropping in for a cup of tea with the team when she has time.

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Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol

  • Chlorella drink prior is given prior to treatment and a mouth rinse post-treatment. Chlorella can help bind and prevent mercury absorption.
  • Physical protective barriers - Masks, protective coverings, eyewear, in-mouth non-latex dental dams, and other steps are taken to prevent physical contact with mercury for the patient and staff.
  • Oral evacuation - Generous amounts of water are used to continuously rinse particulate matter from the mouth while suctioning it away. Combined with protective dental dams, this prevents patients from swallowing dental amalgam particles during treatment. Additionally, the rinsing helps lower the temperature of the filling, reducing the amount of mercury vapour released.
  • External air - A continuous supply of non-contaminated air or oxygen is delivered via a mask or similar apparatus, preventing inhalation of mercury vapour or particles.
  • "Chunk it out" method - Rather than using a drill to grind the filling down, it is carefully removed in the largest possible pieces, minimising friction, vaporisation.
  • High Volume Evacuation Suction is used by the dental assistant to remove amalgam particles in the mouth.
  • High Volume Air suction and Air Purifiers are used in the clinical room that is able to remove mercury vapour from the room.
  • Amalgam separator use - This device collects mercury-contaminated waste before it can enter the sewage system, allowing us to dispose of it safely.