Hilary Browne

Dental Hygienist (South Africa)
Jumeirah, Dubai

Hilary Browne graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, 2002, earning the Oral Hygienist Association of South Africa's (OHASA) award for most outstanding Dental Hygiene student, achieving top honors in Pathology. Additionally, being awarded the Golden Key International Award for being one of the top 15% of students in the Health Sciences Faculty across 17 international universities.

While working in clinical practice, Hilary was offered the opportunity to work in Dubai in 2006, where she has remained to date. In 2015, she became actively involved in the Emirates Dental Hygienists' Club and took over the role of president in August 2018. The Club has received international accolades for its contribution to Dental Hygiene.

Hilary is a certified biological hygienist and nutritional coach and has a keen interest in functional medicine, herbology and acupuncture.

Besides having several articles published, Hilary has just had her first book published. She and a fellow dental hygienist also have a dental hygiene training academy for holistic therapies.

Her philosophy is to share the fundamentals of basic healthcare with her patients that promotes optimal oral and systemic health.

Hilary is fluent in English and Afrikaans.

Up Close & Personal with Hilary Browne

What do you like most about your job?

I love interacting with patients. I am happiest when I see patients inspired to take control of their own health.

How do you see the future of dentistry?

My vision for the future of dental hygiene is to unite all medical and dental professionals with the common goal of healing the human body. To provide modern and pain-free treatments to my patients, as well as using technology like DNA testing as a standard to better understand oral health.

What are your hobbies? What do you like to do outside of work?

Most of my spare time is spent on something dental related. Outside of that I read, I cycle, I hike and I just love boxing!

What is the best advice you can give to your patients?

All hygienists advise patients with the basics: brush twice a day, floss and have regular checkups. My advice to patients is to build trust with your dental professional. I consider each and every patient unique. Together we can explore the best options to achieve excellent oral health. It involves more than just the standard dialogue of brush, floss and teeth cleaning. Other factors like nutrition, gut health and overall health is just as important in influencing optimal oral health.

Hilary Browne