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By my queenstown on Monday, August 2, 2010 with 3 comments

Oral Health what? Yes, that's our first impression when we came to know about Fion's job during a discussion session. Everyone knows what a Dentist does but remains clueless on the job scope of a Oral Health Therapist. Today, we will peek into Fion's life as an oral health therapist at Jurong Polyclinic.

Fion-the prettiest OHT you've seen

Fion, 25, who works as an Oral Health Therapist (OHT), is an active volunteer at Stirling View Residential Committee. After finishing her diploma in dental hygiene & therapy, she is hired by NHGP and works from 8.00am to 4.30pm on weekdays and 8.00am to 12.30pm on Saturdays at Jurong Polyclinic.

Jurong Polyclinic

Upon reaching the dental department in Jurong Polyclinic at around 8.00am, Fion prepares herself for the first patient whose appointment is at 8.10am. The Dental Officer would first screen patients who require minor treatments such as tooth polishing, scaling and cavities filling and direct them to Fion who would then proceed on with the treatments. Fion explained that tooth extractions cases are normally taken by the Dental Officers directly. She sees new patients in her cubicle at 20 minute intervals with the cases mostly based on appointments made about 3-6 months ago.



Fion uses the computer to check each individual’s past records as to better evaluate and treat them. She explained that concentration is a huge part of her work as they deal with high speed tools such as the ‘Bur’ which is used to remove cavity prior to a tooth filling. ‘Everyday is a challenge as each new case is different from the previous.’

Fion @ Work!

Her equipment

Remember these tools at the dental centre?

At 1.00pm, Fion finally takes a well deserved break for lunch. She takes the medical gown off and consumes her packet meal bought from the nearby coffee shop. Her work resumes at 2.00pm sharp where the next patient walks in. She would continue taking patients until she knocks off at 4.30pm.

Fion would then travel to Scape which is next to Cathay Cineleisure Orchard for her daily vocal classes with Music Forest training institute. She anticipates each vocal session as they help her to relieve stress at work and alleviates her spirit. Fion enjoys both English and Mandarin music and even writes her own songs. She professes her utmost admiration for A-Mei. Fion humbly disclosed that she participated in numerous competitions, including the critically acclaimed Taiwanese singing contest 'A Million Star' selection process in Singapore.

Fion and her Friends after work


On weekends, Fion would organise take part in activities organised by her community groups in Stirling View with her boyfriend. She's currently a volunteer with the KidzRead programme conducted at the Community Centre.


Let's wish Fion all the best in her future endeavours!


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3 comments:

Chan Joon Yee said...
August 2, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Jurong Polyclinic? I thought this is about Queenstown.

Carrie Wong said...
August 2, 2010 at 3:19 PM

@JY P.S.: It was mentioned that she's a volunteer at one of the RC in Queenstown

Smart Khan said...
July 26, 2016 at 12:38 AM

Your articles are very well written and unique.
Dr. Philips

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