Kiosk volunteers put a smile on Mount Druitt’s dial

Mount Druitt Oral Health Clinic dental assistant Simona Stan with kiosk volunteers Emily Jancek, Pritz French, Maria Vergara and Josefina Balite.

Patients at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Oral Health Clinics can now have all their dental care provided under one roof, thanks to a $35,000 donation from profits raised by the hospital’s kiosk volunteers.

The incredible figure means the centre will have its very own specialised dental x-ray machine capable of performing a panoramic scan of a patient’s head.

The procedure, known as an orthopantomogram (OPG), allows dentists to check the teeth and bones of the upper and lower jaws, as well as other surrounding facial tissue.

The x-rays can be used to diagnose everything from tooth decay and gum disease to impacted teeth, tumours, infections, and jaw dislocations or fractures.

The x-ray machine allows dentists to get a more complete picture of a patient’s oral health.

Most patients will require an OPG at some point as they are generally taken every two years for adults.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt Oral Health Clinics head, Dr Andrea Lenard, said patients can now have their x-rays performed at the centre rather than being referred to another service.

“Thanks to our very own dental x-ray machine, we no longer have to reschedule appointments. Having the technology on site has also allowed us to fast-track treatment for urgent care patients such as those coming from the emergency department,” Andrea said.

“The OPG machine has been beneficial to patients with mobility issues as it means they don’t have to travel unnecessarily.

“Thank you to our hospital volunteers who work tirelessly to raise funds for the purchase of new equipment to help improve the care we deliver to our patients.”

Blacktown and Mount Druitt Oral Health Clinics treat eligible patients who are under the age of 18, or who hold a current Health Care card or pension card and live in the local area.

Enquiries or appointments can be made by phoning 9881 1715.