Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy (Nanyang Polytechnic)
Bachelor of Oral Health (University of Melbourne, Australia)
After graduating from Nanyang Polytechnic, Ms. Norah worked with the Health Promotion Board’s School Dental Services for one and a half years. Whilst there, she noticed that oral hygiene was quite neglected amongst young children and teens in Singapore. She thus developed her strong belief that dental education should start young so that good habits can be cultivated and followed through with age. Her interest in gum disease and children’s dentistry prodded her to further her studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia for two years. Treating the young and old from all walks of life in urban and rural Victoria gave her a broad base of experience. Working with the aborigines was an eye-opener and educating them about their oral health a challenge. Given their socio-economic challenges, dental health was not a priority, leading to other health issues. After completing her studies with a Bachelor of Oral Health, Ms. Norah returned as a pioneer graduate oral health therapist to Singapore.
Ms. Norah uses the “Tell-Show-Do” approach with child patients. She believes that dental phobia can be eliminated if very young children are given the opportunity to experience the dental environment in a positive way. She has a special interest in educating adults on gum disease and prevention and is well-known for her thoroughness in cleaning teeth. She has turned things around for many patients with gum problems. It is no wonder some of her patients totally adore her!
As Adjunct Lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic, Norah oversees the oral health therapy students’ lab work and clinical skills. Imparting her best knowledge and skills and sharing her passion for dental hygiene with budding young therapists motivates her to excel in her field.
Besides work, Ms. Norah believes in quality time with her family. She devotes her free time to her husband and two daughters.