Registered dental hygienist Corina and Johnny Joker make brushing teeth more fun for children

Corina Dollen (38) is a trained dental hygienist and has her own oral care practice in Kernhem. She not only treats deposits, tartar and plaque. Mondzorg C. Dollen also offers preventive, periodontal and curative treatments.

Corina originally comes from Friesland, but love brought her to Ede ten years ago. “I graduated two years before I came to Ede, and I had a good job. Unfortunately, because there was no work for my husband in Friesland, I had to give up my job to move to Ede. Fortunately, I found work here quite quickly.”

Treatment of ‘heavy paro’

After Corina started working as an employee, she started working as a freelancer. “With both, I found that I couldn’t really do what I really wanted to do. I specialized in pediatric dentistry, but had virtually no children in the chair. I mainly did the standard treatments that a dental hygienist does, because of this I missed the variety. I almost only got the ‘heavy paro’, as we call it in our profession. It really is the fierce gum treatments. Sometimes I did these treatments during the day. It is heavy and monotonous work. I really started to miss the challenge and the variety.”

Because her interests were wider than just ‘heavy paro’, Corina decided to open her own practice. “We lived in Het Carré, which is a stone’s throw from what is now the Kernhem Medical Center. I knew at the time that this would be built and kept a close eye on it. But I wasn’t the only one. I heard from several people that a dentist came and he was looking for a dental hygienist. I contacted him because I wanted to rent a room in his practice for my own practice. Eventually the dentist in question resigned but asked me if I would take over his lease. It was my chance and I grabbed it with both hands!”

Oral care C. Dollen

Mondzorg C. Dollen, Corina’s practice, has been a reality for almost five years now. “In the beginning it was quite difficult, I really had to manage my patients myself. There were even weeks when I only had one patient in my chair. But in the end it all really worked out through flying, being active on Instagram, going to elementary schools, giving toothbrushing lessons at neighborhood meetings, but especially through word of mouth. My practice is open three days a week. But I’m so busy that I’m considering having the practice open 4 days a week.”

Referral is not necessary

What many do not know is that you do not need a referral to go to the dentist. “Many dental practices have a dental hygienist in practice, but certainly not all. The latter do indeed refer their patients, but this does not always happen or sometimes not in time. Orthodontists, dieticians or general practitioners also refer people to me. Anyone can contact me without a referral. This is possible from the first tooth to even a prosthesis (denture) on implants. If someone wants preventive treatment, gets or has braces, wants a toothbrushing appointment for a child, or wants a fresh healthy mouth… they can just make an appointment.”

Johnny the Monkey makes brushing teeth more fun for children. Photo: Corina Dollen

Johnny’s cleaning salon for children

For children up to ten years old, Corina works with Johnny Joker’s cleaning salon. “For most children, brushing their teeth is not exactly a celebration. They only do it because they have to. The dentist often correctly says what is wrong with their teeth: ‘You have plaque, a small hole, mom needs to brush again…’ With this program I show exactly what is good. ‘Well done that many percent of your teeth do not have plaque!’ Johnny’s cleaning salon is a program with which I can teach a child to take good care of his teeth in a fun way. Each child gets a booklet with funny pictures where the monkey takes care of his teeth and what happens to the teeth when he brushes his teeth with chocolate spread, for example. There is plenty to color in the booklet and children can play a water drinking game with their family. The winner receives a medal. Johnny’s cleaning salon is very motivating and stimulating, and it ensures that children are less or even no longer afraid of a visit to the dentist.”

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