Find out more about the people making the decisions and calling the shots in the DHAA.
Every fortnight we ask various movers and shakers, in the association, a set of seven questions. This week we catch up with the new director for DHAA New South Wales, Sahil Bareja.
- Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
I used to go to my local dentist as a teenager, and one day she employed a dental hygienist. All of my family members praised the dental hygienist for her professionalism, attention to detail and the time she took out to explain everything. This experience inspired me to research into the profession and I began learning more about the oral health.
Soon, I realised the crucial role that dental hygienists and oral health therapists play in practicing preventative oral procedures. So, that was it. I got admission in B.Oral health and the rest is history!
- What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
I am a very hands-on person, so I would have to say dental hygiene and dental therapy clinical practice and medical emergencies.
- What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
Dental hygiene and therapy has come such a long way since I graduated.
I love the fact that you can change a person’s confidence, smile, oral hygiene, daily habits and make them aware of their associated oral health risk factors to systemic risk factors, all in one appointment of 60 minutes.
Oral health is an amazing aspect of dentistry. It can be used as a screening tool to determine the risk of patient’s systemic health, including associated diseases, such as obstructive sleep apnea. The combined approach of oral health and systemic health is probably the most enjoyable part of my everyday practice.
- Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
I am currently the New South Wales Director of the DHAA.
I started with DHAA as a student representative in third-year at university (seven years ago) and then continued my contribution as a committee member, before joining the board. I joined to make a contribution and a difference to my profession and to assist hygienists from all around the state to reach their goals and ambitions.
- Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
I have been influenced by multiple practitioners and other allied health professionals over a number of years. However, the people that have influenced me most would have to be Dr. Derek Mahony and Dr. Manish Shah by teaching me to think outside oral health and incorporate/link systemic health when formulating a treatment plan.
- What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading “The Dental Diet” by Dr.Steven Lin – An interesting approach!
- Where do you go to escape?
I love to travel. I try and aim for my holidays 3/12 or 4/12 – a bit like perio recalls – to maintain a positive work-life balance!
Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know another proud DHAA volunteer.