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Young Farewells Senior Dental Therapist: Dot Mulquiney- The Forever Young Tooth Fairy

5 May 2022

Murrumbidgee Local Health District farewells Young Senior Dental Therapist, Dot Mulquiney, after an outstanding 43 years of service.

Loved by her patients and colleagues alike, a retirement morning tea was recently held at the Young Health Service and attended by both past and present team members as well as Young Cluster Manager Joanne Garlick.

“Dot is loved and respected by so many work colleagues, parents and children in the community and I know she will be sadly missed. We thank her for her dedication and contribution to the dental health needs the Young community and surrounds over the past 43 years,” said Joanne.

Dot attained her National Certificate in Dental Therapy at The Westmead School of Dental Therapy in 1978. Two years later she was awarded the National Certificate in Dental Therapy.

Dot began her working career in Goulburn before relocating to Young where Dot was assigned to the Dental Health Clinic at the Young Public School grounds.

“My assistant and I were initially based at the school, but we travelled to all outlying schools within the district to deliver oral health care to the children.

Back then it was sometimes the only opportunity for children to be assessed and played a crucial role in keeping young mouths healthy!” said Dot.

“We worked from a transportable van for follow up appointments and to complete treatments.

“I think we loved seeing the children as much as they loved seeing us, and much chatter and excitement would be in the air. It was so important for us to build healthy relationships and break some of the stigma and fear that children often had around visits to the dentist!” said Dot.

Dot still has the drawings and pictures that children have presented to her over the years and was gifted a book of drawings and colourings that her young patients have given her to thank her for their sparkling healthy smiles.

“I feel fortunate to have worked with not only a fantastic dental team but also a super supportive community health team and alongside such amazing school principals and teachers over the years. Together they made our job so much easier.

“It is a bitter sweet moment for me” said Dot, but it is time to put my feet up and enjoy other things that put a smile on my dial!

To quote one mum’s words to an anxious little child… “If the tooth fairy were real her name would be Dot”.

-ENDS-

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Last updated: 04 May 2022
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