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An amazing practice, defined by amazing staff

Every great doctor has an equally great team supporting them. We have some wonderful general dentists and staff who share a common philosophy of ensuring each and every child they see feels special, and is treated like family. Every individual on our staff contributes something special to our practice. We know you expect professionalism, empathy, and kindness, and that’s what we strive for, as well as the ability to really listen to your concerns. 

Dr Helen Fung

Dr Helen was born and raised in Townsville. After high school, she moved to Sydney to study dentistry, graduating in 2002 from the University of Sydney with her Bachelor of Dental Surgery. After graduation, she worked for four years as general dentist in numerous clinics in the Hunter Region.

  • BDS, DClinDent (Paed Dent)
  • MRACDS (Paed Dent)

Years of treating adults with poor dental health drove her return to Sydney and specialise in Paediatric Dentistry. This way she could provide education and treatment during childhood, preventing the lifelong damage from happening.

Dr Helen graduated with her Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) in 2010. She was appointed first as a Senior Registrar and later, Staff Specialist at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, as well as Visiting Staff Specialist for the Hunter New England Oral Health Service.She has also volunteered to provide dental care to children in orphanages in Vietnam, as well as with the indigenous populations in the Northern Territory.

Following the birth of her first child in 2014, Dr Helen decided to move up to Brisbane with her family. Currently, along with running Tooth Town, she is also working part time as a Staff Specialist at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. In addition, she is involved in the teaching of dental and oral health students, and lecturing to medical and dental professionals. Her special interests include dental trauma, dental anomalies, minor oral surgery, and tongue ties.

As part of her continued expertise, Dr Helen attends various educational courses, keeping up-to-date on the latest technology and procedures. Her goal is to provide children with dental care that is both compassionate and of the best quality. Dr. Helen has over 15 years of experience in dentistry and will never settle for anything but her very best.

Dr Helen is a member of the following professional associations:

  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

 

A personal note from Dr Helen

Becoming a mum has changed my clinical approach and made me a much better paediatric dentist. One of my mentors always said that you aren’t really a paediatric dentist until you’ve had your own kids. Before I had my children, dentistry was so black and white. I knew exactly what to tell parents who struggled to brush their children’s teeth. I knew exactly what to say about breastfeeding cessation, healthy snack options, and how I would fix cavities that undoubtedly would be diagnosed. I had textbook answers to every question.

Since becoming a mum, having struggled to not fall asleep whilst breastfeeding in the middle of the night, battled the toddler when brushing and flossing their teeth, even released my own newborn baby’s tongue tie, I have found myself looking for better alternatives or other ways to manage each individual challenge in a more practical and achievable approach. I think we, as dentists, and subsequently as parents, discover that the dental challenges of our own children teach us valuable lessons and force us to learn and grow as practitioners.

As a paediatric dentist, as well as a mum, being conservative when appropriate, but decisive when necessary is paramount. Reliability and outcomes means everything, and this is reflected in all the choices I have made when setting up this practice.

After all, my own children, as well as those of my team, are all going to be patients in Tooth Town!

–    Helen Fung

Dr Helen is available via referral only. Our other dentists have been hand picked because they, too, share very similar philosophies and approaches to prevention and treatment. We all share a very high interest in not only the teeth, but also the general health and wellbeing of each child. All our clinicians are passionate about focusing on early intervention, and collaborate very closely with each other and other specialties to get the best outcome for all our patients. 

 

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