Karina is a registered Dental Hygienist from Australia, with over 20 years’ experience in the field of Dentistry and Oral Health. With over 8 years experience working in both, general and cosmetic dental practices in Australia, she’s recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Health Professions Education, through the University of Glasgow, exploring her desire to teach.
With an in depth understanding of ‘prevention is better than cure’, Karina holds substantial experience in managing patients of all ages, in different aspects of oral health and preventative services. She works closely with dentists to support and compliment their treatment plan. Karina is passionate about oral and periodontal health, which reflects in her patient care and commitment towards providing the highest quality, ethical and professional standards.
She takes a holistic approach and sees the mouth as part of the whole body. This led her to undertake additional training in myofunctional therapy (otherwise known as orofacial myology). There are many reasons why our facial muscles may be out of balance, including having a tongue or lip tie, thumb or finger sucking and pacifier use; incorrect tongue posture or poor swallowing habits; mouth breathing and open lip posture. The goal of myofunctional therapy (facial and tongue exercises) is to cease non-nutritive habits like thumb sucking, develop correct swallowing patterns, re-train the oral and facial muscles to restore harmony and help nasal breathing, while decreasing the likelihood of developing sleep apnea, TMD dysfunction, digestive problems and prevent orthodontic relapse.
Treatment and prevention of gum disease
Orofacial myofunctional therapy
Snoring and sleep disordered breathing
Children’s oral health
Ceasing non-nutritive habits such as thumb, finger or pacifier sucking
Muscle exercises following the release of tongue ties or airway surgery
Retraining normal swallowing patterns
Bachelor Degree in Oral Health (BOH), from University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education, University of Glasgow, UK