Alessandro Cerioli Amadei
Dental Hygienist, Italy
Umm Suqeim Clinic, Dubai
Up Close & Personal with Alessandro Cerioli Amadei
Dental hygienist Alessandro describes a typical day at work, what he loves most about his job, and the most common misconceptions about dental hygiene.
Why did you choose to be a dental hygienist? What motivated you to choose this career?
My family has always taken a part of the medical and dental world, our passion for these fields goes all the way down to my great grandfather. Just like them, I've always been attracted to science and medicine. Moreover, I am an extremely curious and precise person and I like to see people smile. Last, but not least of all, I firmly believe that prevention is the key of a healthy and happy life. What could have been better than becoming a dental hygienist?
What do you like most about being a dental hygienist?
Seeing my patients feeling comfortable again with their teeth, and so with themselves. The best reward for a dental hygienist is seeing his patient looking at his teeth in the mirror and smiling with a sincere and relieved happiness.
What do you think is the biggest change that you’ve seen in your profession?
The biggest change I've seen is actually in people. Starting from dentists first and then patients, finally people start to understand how important prevention is. Prophylaxis is the best way to avoid heavier treatments and costs. We are on the right track!
What are the top 3 most common dental hygienist solutions/services in your practice?
Full mouth dental cleaning, zoom whitening and oral health counselling.
The common misconception/s about dental hygiene is/are:
That a visit to a dental hygienist hurts and that it harms the teeth. There can be some sensitivity in the case where a patient has some receding gums or aggressive gingivitis, but even in these cases we are ready to apply many solutions, from local anesthetics to nitrous oxide gas, to nip the problem in the bud.
And no, the professional cleaning doesn't harm the teeth at all. We don't use drills, only instruments expressly made for cleaning the enamel surface without damaging it. The tartar is softer than the steel of our instruments and the steel of our instruments is softer than our teeth. Plaque deposits and wrong brushing technique are definitely way more dangerous.
When it comes to addressing children’s oral health, what’s the most important thing you like to focus on?
I think it is fundamental to involve parents in the oral health education of their kids. Parents should guide and look after their children’s oral hygiene until they’re able to brush and floss effectively on their own. Young children can't do it on their own nor learn on their own and the correct practices are easy to forget. That's why parents should perfectly know them first.
As a dental hygienist, what is the biggest problem you see in oral healthcare today?
Even when things are getting better, still many people think that if they don't feel pain it means that their teeth are perfectly healthy and that they can avoid any dental checkup for years.
This common belief leads to true disasters and to prevention failure. Many people still lose their teeth nowadays because of misinformation. They don't know what is happening in their mouth - but the bacteria causing caries and periodontitis know it very well!
That's why I always tell to my patients how important it is to do 6 months recalls with the hygienist and to do possibly once a year a full dental check up with a dentist.
For oral hygiene to be effective, what do you usually advice your patients?
An amazing instrument which is the electric toothbrush, together with the dear old dental floss. And the most important advice that unfortunately can’t be bought –patience with a good dose of constancy.
What is your work mantra/motto?
A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.
And at Dr. Michael's we know it very well! That's why we take care of it.
Describe a typical day at work.
I arrive around 8.30, check my agenda with our kind receptionists, dress in my scrubs and check that everything is ready in my treatment room. Then I’ll start calling the first of my 9 patients. At 1pm, I eat an apple (exactly, no sugars for me, except fructose at lunch) and then I work straight to 7pm, seeing all the amazing different people only a city like Dubai lets you meet.
What are your working hours?
From Saturday to Tuesday, 9am-7pm.
On Thursdays 1pm-7pm
What are your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?
Computer programming, go kart racing and any racing in general, swimming, sailing, visit the world. I told you I am a very curious person!
What Patients Say
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"Alessandro was very helpful and did a wonderful job!" –Danielle Henslee
"I came based on the great reviews I read on line about you. I must say, the reviews were spot on. You did a wonderful cleaning, explained everything and you had a pretty soft touch. Highly recommended. Thanks." –Yousri Rasmi
"I don't normally find my trips to the dentist to be pleasant. Today though I felt the trip was worth while and aside from the usual routine I received sound advice and would recommend Alessandro to friends and colleagues." –Yousef Al Redha
"Alessandro provided excellent service today, very conscientious and thorough with great recommendations for future care of my teeth. First class!" –Philip Camp
"Alessandro did an excellent job - ultra professional. Thanks a lot." –Millasseau Hubert
"Alessandro was brilliant and very thorough. Extremely happy with the service. Highly recommend." –Vishaal Singhal
"Very professional and excellent service. thank you." –Tracey Turner
"Alessandro, thank you very much, very pleased with the service." –Adnan Obaid
"Great experience, very smooth!" –Calin Turcanu
"Very professional and knows well his job." –Shaun Mullis