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Welcome

Looking for fresh breath and whiter polished teeth? Welcome, you have come to the right place.

My mission: To provide the best modern Dental Hygiene Care available, to educate patients that Oral hygiene is a foundation to overall health. We will give you a refreshing, personalised home care plan designed just for you. Your smile is important. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression Brightening up a smile is the simplest, fastest makeover and it’s available to everyone. Brighten up your smile at Dental hygienist.ie an exciting concept that makes professional Oral care as convenient as a trip to the hairdresser or optician.

Welcome new patients – Feel free to contact me or call in to see how we can help you with your smile click here to contact me or book your appointment.


About Us

Siobhan is the owner of Dental Hygienist.ie. Dental Hygiene Practice within Smiles & More, Little Island.

Siobhan Kelleher RDH – Registered with the Irish Dental Council & a member of the IDHA.
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Awarded ‘Person of Prevention 2017’ Oral Health POP awards.   ‘Best Dental Care Professional -Winner’– The Irish Dentristry Awards 2014.

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You are entitled to one FREE exam & a subsidised scale & polish per year under PRSI. You are entitled to one FREE exam  per year with a medical card. (see price list)

An honours student from University College Cork,  Siobhan has continued her professional development by attending conferences, courses and seminars. She presents locally and internationally on the 21st century approach to Dental hygiene in dental practice. She is the co-director of www.DentalCPD.expert.

She is married to Anthony and has a young son called Tom. They love spending weekends away along the coast.

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I believe that Oral health advice should be given to young children in time, to prevent dental and other diseases for life.

I run workshops every month for parents,carers and children to learn the importance of good oral hygiene. Please contact us for the next available date.

Awarded Best Dental Care Professional WINNER by The Irish Dental Awards 2014 and  awarded Highly Commended  Hygienist of the Year UK and Ireland by The prestigious Dental Awards 2014, Siobhan had to demonstrate how she makes a difference to her patients and the dental team she works with; how she motivates patients to have a better oral care routine; dedication to self training and a commitment to the dental profession. Dental hygienist.ie offers a new approach to Dentistry rather than going through the time and cost of an appointment to be referred to a hygienist, your initial visit will be combined with the dentist Claire Rath BDS and hygienist Siobhan Kelleher in one visit, at a time which works for you.


Preventative Services

Prevention is always better than cure. These are some of the preventative services we can offer you.

Bleaching

How can you brighten your smile?

Your wedding is coming up and you want your smile to be its brightest. Or maybe you have an important speaking engagement. Whatever the reason, tooth bleaching isn’t just for the movie stars, and it isn’t just for one day. Many people have had their teeth bleached, and probably millions more are thinking about it. The desire for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is a very strong, and tooth bleaching safely lightens the colour of the teeth. The most effective and safest method of tooth bleaching is dentist-supervised.

Is bleaching for you?

Generally, bleaching is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider tooth bleaching if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea, or smoking. Teeth darkened with the colour of yellow, brown, or orange respond better to lightening. Other types of gray stains caused by fluorosis, smoking, or tetracycline are lightened, but results are not as dramatic. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, your dentist may discourage bleaching.

What’s involved?

First, the dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for tooth bleaching. At the next appointment the dentist will make impressions of your teeth to fabricate a mouth guard appliance for you. The mouth guard is custom made for your mouth and is lightweight so that it can be worn comfortably while you are awake or sleeping. The mouth guard is so thin that you should be able to talk and work while wearing your mouth guard. Along with the mouth guard, you’ll receive the bleaching materials. You’ll be given a set of instruction on how to wear the mouth guard.
Most systems recommend bleaching at night while you sleep. This type of system usually requires only 10-14 days to complete.

How long does it last?

Lightness should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee and tea. At this point you may choose to get a touch up. This procedure may not be as costly because you can use the same mouth guard. The retreatment time also is much shorter than the original treatment time.

Is it safe? Any side effects?

Several studies, during the past five years, have proven bleaching to be safe and effective. Some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which will resolve when the treatment ends.

What are realistic expectations?

No one can really predict how much lighter your teeth will become. Every case is different. Typically, there is a two-shade improvement as seen on a dentist’s shade guide. This success rate depends upon the type of stain involved and your compliance. Bleaching can only provide a shift in colour form gray to a lighter shade of gray, for example. Bleaching does not lighten artificial materials such as resins, silicants, or porcelains.

Diabetes and Oral Health

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease may result from gingivitis, and inflammation of the gums usually caused by the presence of bacteria in plaque. Plaque is the sticky film that accumulates on teeth both above and below the gum line. Without regular dental checkups, periodontal disease may result if gingivitis is left untreated. It can also cause inflammation and destruction of the tissues surrounding and supporting teeth, gums (gingival), bone, and fibres which hold the gums to the teeth. A number of factors increase the probability of developing periodontal disease, including diabetes, smoking, poor oral hygiene, diet, and genetic makeup; and it is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults.

How are periodontal disease and diabetes related?

Studies have shown that diabetics are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal disease than those who do not have diabetes. Oral infections tend to be more severe in diabetic patients than non-diabetic patients. And, diabetics who do not have good control over their blood sugar levels tend to have more oral health problems. These infections occur more often after puberty and in ageing patients.

What types of problems could I experience?

Diabetics may experience diminished salivary flow and burning mouth or tongue. Dry mouth (xerostomia) also may develop, causing an increased incidence of decay. Gum recession has been found to occur more frequently and more extensively in moderate and poorly controlled diabetic patients because plaque responds differently, creating more harmful proteins in the gums. To prevent problems with bacterial infections in the mouth, your dentist may prescribe more frequent hygienist visits.

How can I stay healthy?

Make sure to take extra good care of your mouth and have dental infections treated immediately. Diabetics who receive good dental care and have good insulin control typically have a better chance at avoiding gum disease. Diet and exercise may be the most important changes that diabetics can make to improve their quality of life and their oral health. Diabetic patients should be sure both their medical and dental care providers are aware of their medical history and periodontal status. To keep teeth and gum strong, diabetic patients should be aware of their blood sugar levels in addition to having their triglycerides and cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis. These may have a direct correlation on your changed of obtaining periodontal disease.

What is the best time to receive dental care?

If your blood sugar is not under control, talk with both your dentist and physician about receiving elective dental care. Dental procedures should be as short and as stress free as possible. Also make morning appointments because blood glucose levels tend to be better under control at this time of day. If you have a scheduled appointment, eat and take your medications as directed. See your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis, keep him or her informed of your health status, and keep your mouth in good health.

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

What is halitosis?

In most cases bad breath originates from the gums and tongue. The odour is caused by bacteria from the decay of food particles, other debris in your mouth, and poor oral hygiene. The decay and debris produce a sulphur compound that causes the unpleasant odour.

Does bad breath come from other sources than the mouth?

Bad breathe may occur in people who have a medical infection, gum disease, diabetes, kidney failure, or a liver malfunction. Xerostomia (dry mouth) and tobacco also contribute to the problem. Cancer patients who undergo radiation therapy may experience dry mouth. Even stress, dieting, snoring, age, and hormonal changes can have an effect on your breath.
An odour that comes from the back of your tongue may indicate post-nasal drip. This is where the mucus secretion, with comes from the nose and moves down your throat, gets stuck on the tongue and causes an odour. Bad breath originating in the stomach, however, in considered to be extremely rare.

Why is saliva so important in the fight against bad breath?

Saliva is the key ingredient in your mouth that helps keep odour under control because it helps wash away food particles and bacteria, the primary cause of bad breath. When you sleep, however, salivary glands slow down the production of saliva allowing the bacteria to grow inside the mouth. To alleviate “morning mouth,” brush your teeth and eat a morning meal.
Morning mouth also is associated with hunger or fasting. Those who skip breakfast, beware because the odour may reappear even if you’ve brushed your teeth.

Do certain foods cause bad breath?

Very spicy foods, such as onions and garlic and coffee may be detected on a person’s breath for up to 72 hours after digestion. Onions, for example, are absorbed by the stomach and the odour excrete through the lungs. Studies have shown that garlic rubbed on the soles of feet can show up on the breath.

How do I control bad breath?

It is important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. To alleviate the odour, clean your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper, a plastic tool that scrapes away bacteria that builds up on the tongue. Chewing sugar-free gum also may help control the odour. If you have dentures or a removable appliance, such as a retainer or mouth guard, clean the appliance thoroughly before placing it back in your mouth.
Before you use mouth rinses, deodorizing sprays, or tablets, talk with your dentist or hygienist because these products only mask the odour temporarily, and some products work better than others.

What is my dentist’s role?

Visit your dentist regularly because checkups will help detect any physical problems. Checkups also help get rid of the plaque and bacteria that build up on your teeth. If you think that you suffer from bad breath, your dentist and hygienist can help determine its source. He or she may ask you to schedule a separate appointment to find the source of the odour. Or, if your dentist believes that the problem is caused form a systemic source (internal), such as an infection, he or she may refer you to your family physician or a specialist to help remedy the cause of the problem.

Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer How common and how serious is oral cancer?

Oral cancer, the sixth most common cancer. The vast majority of oral cancers occur in people older than 45 years, with men being twice as likely as women to develop the disease. The most frequent cancer sites are the tongue, the floor of the mouth, soft palate tissues in the back of the tongue, lips, and gums. If not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, oral cancer can spread, leading to chronic pain, loss of function, irreparable facial and oral disfigurement following surgery, and even death. Your general dentist can perform a thorough screening for oral cancer.

What causes oral cancer?

Scientists aren’t sure of the exact cause of oral cancer. However, the carcinogens in tobacco products, alcohol, and certain foods, as well as excessive exposure to the sun have been found to increase the risk of developing oral cancer. Risk factors for oral cancer may also be genetically inherited.

What are warning signs to watch out for?

Oral cancer—represented by red, white, or disordered lesions, patches or lumps in or around the mouth—is typically painless in its early stages. As the malignant cancer spreads and destroys healthy oral tissue, the lesions or lumps become more painful. However, oral cancer is sometimes difficult to self-diagnose so routine dental exams are recommended. See your dentist immediately is you observe: any sore that persists longer than two weeks; a swelling, growth or lump anywhere in or about the mouth or neck; white or red patches in the mouth or on the lips; repeated bleeding from the mouth or throat; difficulty swallowing or persistent hoarseness.

How does a dentist screen for oral cancer?

Your dentist and hygienist should screen for oral cancer during routine checkups. He or she will feel and look for lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, cheeks, and oral cavity, and thoroughly examine the soft tissues in your mouth, specifically looking for any sores or discoloured tissues.

How is oral cancer treated?

If your dentist suspects oral cancer, a biopsy of the lesion is required to confirm the diagnosis. Surgery is required to remove the tumours, which may cause disfiguration. Radiation therapy may be used as part of the treatment.

What can I do to prevent oral cancer?

Of all major cancer, oral cancer has the worst five-year survival rate at about 54 percent. Because oral cancer is usually not diagnosed in its early stages, less than half of all oral cancer patients are cured. You can help prevent oral cancer by not smoking, using spit tobacco, and drinking alcohol. When tobacco use and alcohol use are combined, the risk of oral cancer increases 15 times more than non-users of tobacco and alcohol products. Research suggests that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may safe guard against oral cancer. Because successful treatment and rehabilitation are dependent on early detection, it is extremely important to see your dentist for an oral cancer screening and regular check up at least every six months. Survival rates greatly increase the earlier oral cancer is discovered and treated. During your next dental visit, ask your dentist about oral cancer screening.

Oral Health and Your Heart

What should I be concerned about?

Researchers are finding possible links between periodontal infections and other diseases throughout the body. Current studies suggest that there may be a link between periodontal (gum) disease, heart disease, and other health conditions. In fact, research suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender, and age. New studies suggest that people with gum disease seem to be at a higher risk for heart attacks, although no one is certain how this relationship works. Your oral health affects your overall health, but the studies that will find exactly why these problems are linked are still underway.

How can gum disease affect my overall health?

The current theory is that bacteria present in infected gums can come loose and move throughout the body. The same bacteria that cause gum disease and irritate your gums might travel to your arteries. Researchers are unsure what causes the bacteria to become mobile, but it has been suggested that bacteria can be dislodged and enter the bloodstream during tasks like simple brushing, flossing, or even chewing. Research shows that risk varies according to the level of gum infection. The worse the infection, the more likely the bacteria are to become blood-born. Infected gum bleed, making it easier for bacteria to enter your bloodstream. If bacteria become dislodged, the bacteria enter through cuts or sores in your mouth and travel to other parts of your body through your bloodstream. Once the bacteria reaches the arteries, they can irritate them in the same way that they irritate gum tissue. This could cause arterial plaque to accumulate in the arteries, which can cause hardening and block blood-flow. Compromised blood-flow to your heart can cause a heart attack. Also, arterial plaque can come loose and travel to other parts of the body. If blockage occurs in the brain, it can cause a stroke. Your dentist may use a special rinse immediately after dental procedures to neutralize these bacteria, but your best protection is to maintain a healthy mouth.

What should I do?

Keep your mouth healthy! See your dentist at least twice a year for periodic maintenance. Gum disease is a serious gum infection that should always be taken seriously. Although gum disease can often show few or no symptoms at all, watch for gums that are red and irritated, or gums that bleed easily. There are many new treatments available to control and help reverse gum disease.
Always remember that gum disease is caused by plaque build up. Brush and floss regularly to remove plaque that you can’t see below the gum line and remember to schedule regular check-ups. If you remove the plaque, you minimize the chance for gum disease. If you have any questions about your oral health, ask your dentist or hygienist.

Oral Health for Seniors

How can I take care of my teeth?

Proper oral care can keep you smiling well into retirement. Brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle brush are as important as ever. Flossing can help you save your teeth by removing plaque between teeth and below the gum line that your toothbrush cannot reach.

What are some problems I should watch for?

Gingivitis. Most people don’t realize how important it is to take care of their gums. Gingivitis is caused by the bacteria found in plaque that attack the gums. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums and possible bleeding when you brush. If you have any of these symptoms, see a dentist at once. Gingivitis can lead to gum disease if problems persist. Three out of four adults over age 35 are affected by some sort of gum (periodontal) disease. In gum disease, the infection becomes severe. Your gums begin to recede, pulling back from the teeth. In the worst cases, bacteria form pockets between the teeth and gums, weakening the bone. All this can lead to tooth loss if untreated, especially in patients with osteoporosis.

What if it’s too difficult to brush?

If you have arthritis, you may find it difficult to brush and floss for good oral health care and prevention of disease. Ask your dentist or hygienist for ways to overcome this problem. Certain dental products are designed to make dental care less painful for arthritis sufferers. You may want to try strapping the toothbrush to a larger object, such as a ball, to make the brush more comfortable to handle, or electric toothbrushes can help you by doing some of the work for you.

What are signs of oral cancer?

Oral cancer most often occurs in people over the 40 years of age. See a dentist immediately if you notice any red or white patches on your gums or tongue, and watch for sore that fail to heal within two weeks. Unfortunately, oral cancer is often difficult to detect in its early stage, when it can be cured easily. Your dentist can perform a head and neck exam to screen for signs of cancer. Since oral cancer is often painless in its early stages, many patients will not notice signs until it is too late. In addition, many older people, especially those who wear dentures, do not visit their dentists enough and problems go unseen.

Should I be concerned about dry mouth?

Dry mouth (xerostomia) happens when salivary glands fail to work due to disease certain medications, or cancer treatments. This can make it hard to eat, swallow, taste, and speak. In certain cases, such as radiation therapy, dry mouth can lead to severe complications, which is why it is important you see a dentist immediately before beginning any treatment. Drinking lots of water and avoiding sweets, tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine are some ways to fight dry mouth. Your dentist can also prescribe medications to fight severe dry mouth. Maintaining your overall health Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy mouth may keep your body healthier and help you avoid diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The best way to achieve good oral health is to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly.

Sensitive Teeth

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity is caused by the stimulation of cells within tiny tubes located in the dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel that contains the inner pulp). When the hard enamel is worn down or gums have receded—causing tiny tube surfaces to be exposed—pain can be caused by eating or drinking food beverages that are hot or cold; touching your teeth; or exposing them to cold air. Hot and cold temperature changes can cause your teeth to expand and contract. Over time, your teeth can develop microscopic cracks that allow these sensations to seep through to the nerves. Exposed areas of the tooth can cause pain and even affect or change your eating, drinking, and breathing habits. Taking a spoonful of ice cream, for example, can be a painful experience for people with sensitive teeth. Is tooth sensibility a common condition? Sensitive teeth is one of the most common complaints among dental patients. At least 45 million adults in the United States and 5 million Canadians, suffer at some time from sensitive teeth.

How can I avoid sensitivity?

Some toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients that may be too harsh for people who have sensitive teeth. Ingredients found in some whitening toothpastes that lighten and/or remove certain stains from enamel, and sodium pyrophosphate, the key ingredient in tartar control toothpastes may increase tooth sensitivity. To prevent sensitivity from occurring, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid using hard bristled toothbrushes and brushing your teeth too hard, which can wear down the tooth’s root surface ad expose sensitive spots. The way to find out if you’re brushing your teeth to hard is too take a good look at your tooth brush. If the bristles are pointing in multiple directions, you’re brushing too hard.

How do I know when it’s time to see a dentist?

If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three or four days, and reacts to hot and cold temperatures, it’s best to get a diagnostic evaluation from your dentist to determine the extent of the problem. Before taking the situation into your own hands, an accurate diagnosis of tooth sensitivity is essential for effective treatment to eliminate pain. Because pain symptoms can be similar, some people might think that that a tooth is sensitive, when instead, they actually have a cavity or abscess that’s not yet visible.

How do I describe my symptoms to my dentist?

Sensitivity may be defined as a short sharp pain, which is usually initiated by hot or cold foods or exposure to cold air. Aching often follows. Because sensitivity may mean different things to a patient and dental professional be sure to clarify exactly what you feel when you discuss the condition with your dentist. Be sure to tell the dentist when the pain started and if there is anything, such as the application of a warm compress, that helps eliminate the pain.

Do some products work to decrease sensitivity?

Toothpastes for sensitive teeth usually contain a desensitizing agent that protects the exposed dentin by blocking the tubes in the teeth that are connected to nerves. In most cases, these products must be used on a regular basis for at least a month before any therapeutic benefits may be noticed.

What can dentists and hygienists do for my sensitive teeth?

Dentists have a variety of regimens to manage tooth hypersensitivity, including both in office treatments and patient-applied products for home use. If you are diagnosed with dentin hypersensitivity, your dentist may apply a desensitizing agent or protective coating. You may be prescribed a stannous fluoride gel or an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste containing fluoride and either potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These ingredients help block transmission of sensation from the tooth to the nerve. It also might help to massage the special paste onto your gums with your finger after brushing.

What should I do after the dentist or hygienist has applied a desensitizing agent?

Listen closely to your dentist’s instructions. He or she may advise you not to eat or drink for a short period of time, to eliminate all sources of irritation, such as acid foods or medication, high concentrated foods or flavoured toothpastes. You may also be instructed to change oral hygiene habits that are likely to cause abrasion and to use a daily fluoride application (a rinse or a brush-on gel.

Tooth Decay: A Preventable Disease

What is tooth decay, and what causes it?

Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities. Unlike other diseases, however, caries if not life threatening and is highly preventable, though it affects most people to some degree during their lifetime. Tooth decay occurs when your teeth are frequently exposed to foods containing carbohydrates (starches and sugars) like fizzy drinks, candy, ice cream, milk, cakes, and even fruits, vegetables, and juices. Natural bacteria live in your mouth and form plaque. The plaque interacts with deposits left on your teeth from sugary and starchy foods to produce acids. These acids damage tooth enamel over time by dissolving, or demineralising, the mineral structure of teeth, producing tooth decay and weakening the teeth.

How are cavities prevented?

The acids formed by plaque can be counteracted by simple saliva in your mouth, which acts as a buffer and demineralising agent. Dentists often recommend chewing sugarless gum to stimulate your flow of saliva. However, though it is the body’s natural defence against cavities, saliva alone is not sufficient to combat tooth decay. The best way to prevent caries is to brush and floss regularly. To rebuild the early damage caused by plaque bacteria, we use fluoride, which helps to demineralise the tooth structure. Fluoride is added to toothpaste to fight cavities. The most common source of fluoride is in the water we drink. Fluoride is added to most community water supplies. If you are at medium to high risk for cavities, your dentist may recommend special high concentration fluoride gels, mouth rinses, or dietary fluoride supplements. Your dentist may also use professional strength anti-cavity varnish, or sealants—thin, plastic coatings that provide an extra barrier against food and debris.

Who is at risk for cavities?

Because we all carry bacteria in our mouths, everyone is at risk for cavities. Those with a diet high in carbohydrates and sugary foods and those who live in communities without fluoride water are likely candidates for cavities. And because the area around a restored portion of a tooth is a good breeding ground for bacteria, those with a lot of fillings have a higher chance of developing tooth decay. Children and senior citizens are the two groups at highest risk for cavities.

What can I do to help protect my teeth?

The best way to combat cavities is to follow three simple steps:

1. Cut down on sweets and between-meal snacks, Remember, it’s these sugary and starchy treats that put your teeth at risk.

2. Brush after every meal and floss daily. Cavities most often begin in hard-to-clean areas between teeth and in the fissures and pits—the edges in the tooth crown and gaps between teeth. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush inside, outside, and -between teeth and on the top of your tongue. Be sure the bristles are firm, not bent, and replace the toothbrush after three months to safe guard against re-infecting your mouth with old bacteria that can collect in the brush. Only buy toothpastes and rinses that contain fluoride. Children under six should only use a small pea-sized dab of toothpaste on the brush and should spit out as much as possible because a child’s developing teeth are sensitive to higher fluoride levels. Finally, because caries is a transmittable disease, toothbrushes should never be shared, especially with your children.

3. See your dentist and hygienist at least every six months for checkups and professional cleanings. Because cavities can be difficult to detect a thorough dental examination is very important. If you get a painful toothache, if your teeth are very sensitive to hot or cold foods, or if you notice signs of decay like white spots, tooth discolouration, or cavities, make an appointment right away. The longer you wait to treat infected teeth the more intensive and lengthy the treatment will be. Left neglected, cavities can lead to root canal infection, permanent deterioration of decayed tooth substance and even loss of the tooth itself.

Prevention of gum disease

You can prevent gum disease by controlling the amount of plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth. Regular visits to your dentist or hygienist, brushing and flossing your teeth properly and stopping smoking will help to do this.

Dental floss or inter-dental brushes can remove plaque and small bits of food from between your teeth and under your gum line – areas that a manual toothbrush can’t reach. You may prefer to use an electric toothbrush. There is some evidence to suggest that certain types of electric toothbrush may be more efficient at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes. It’s important to use the correct technique, so ask your dentist or hygienist for advice.

Some antiseptic mouthwashes reduce the amount of plaque bacteria when combined with regular brushing. However, there isn’t enough evidence to say whether mouthwash can help to prevent gum disease. If you do use an antiseptic mouthwash, it’s important that you don’t use it for too long as it can stain your teeth. Always read the information on the mouthwash box or bottle and if you have any questions, ask hygienist for advice.

Even thorough brushing and flossing can’t remove every trace of plaque. Most people have irregularities in their teeth where plaque can build up out of reach and harden into tartar. This can only be removed by your hygienist during scaling.


Price List

Beautiful clean teeth are the key to the way we feel about ourselves and how others see us. We all try to look after our teeth; we brush, we floss but sometimes that isn’t enough to remove the toughest plaque deposits and give us a polished smile. If you are concerned about bad breath please mention it at your appointment and we will soon get you feeling as fresh as a daisy.

Initial Child visit package

Dental health check
Cancer screening
Personalised homecare routine
Magic mouth liquid to highlight the bugs
Diet analysis
Feel fresh scale and polish

Age 1-3 €4
Age 4-16 from €50
Age 16-18 from €60

Initial Adult visit package

Dental health check
Cancer screening
Restorative evaluation
Personalised homecare plan
Individual Dental hygiene plan
Diet analysis
Feel fresh scale and polish

€110  or
*Upgrade to a High Gloss Diamond Scale and Polish
€135

High Gloss Diamond Scale and Polish including  Whitening strips – dentist grade- two week supply

€255

I am legally required to have a referral from a dentist before proceeding with your treatment. If you have a dentist but would like to book an appointment please download the form and ask your dentist to fill it in and bring it to the appointment.

If you don’t have a dentist please book an Initial visit to include an Oral health check with our dentist Dr Claire Rath. You are entitled to one FREE exam per year under PRSI You are entitled to one FREE exam with a medical card. You are now entitled to €42 off your hygiene treatment under the PRSI.

High Gloss Diamond Polish

Fed up with stained teeth? Using the Prophy airjet polishing technique delivers the cosmetic results that will delight you. We will polish your teeth to a high gloss and restore your natural whiteness, using ultrasonic , prophy airjet polishing technique system and polishing strips.

€95 

Feel Fresh Hygiene visit

Personalised oral hygiene advice, cancer screening, gum health check, full mouth scale and polish resulting in sparkly teeth and fresh breath.
from €60

Orthodontic Hygiene Appointment

All patients undergoing Orthodontic therapy should be in a hygiene program while wearing Orthodontic appliances/braces

from €60

Aesthetic Hygiene Appointment

Do you have veneers, crowns or bridges ? Let us help you look after them and keep them healthy.

€60

Implant Hygiene Appointment

Do you have an implant ? We have specific equipment for dealing with implant maintenance and have advanced training in Implant care

€60 – €80

A Quickie refresh!


Got a last minute date, an interview or meeting? We can get you clean and fresh in 20 mins (available to existing patients only)
50 

Periodontal therapy-rooth surface debridement (advanced gum disease)

30 mins x 4 visits @ 70 – 280 euro or
60 mins x 2 visits @€140 – 280

Pit and Fissure sealants

A fissure sealant is a protective plastic coating which is applied to the deep pits and fissures present on the biting surfaces of the back teeth in order to seal them and prevent the build up of food and bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

These pits and fissures are often too narrow and deep to clean with a toothbrush. Sealants can be applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through, usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The whole procedure is quick and painless, taking just a few minutes for each tooth.
30  per tooth.

Fluoride treatments

€35 

Sensitive Teeth Fluoride treatment.

Fed up with sensitive teeth ?
We will polish your teeth with a desensitizing Polish followed by an application of the latest technology fluoride varnish.
Please note you will need to wait 2 hours  before you eat after treatment.  €35
 

Oraqix needle free anaesthetic

15 

Custom made mouth guards (dentist)

child from 70 euro adult from 100

Please check to see if you are covered by your Dental insurance


Dental Hygiene Business Coach

Would you like to adopt a 21st century approach to dental hygiene in your practice ?...


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Siobhan Kelleher is a dental hygiene business coach and trainer. She implements dental hygiene departments within dental practices. The training involves the whole dental team.

Siobhan has presented at many courses and conferences on the 21st century approach to dental hygiene care in practice. She is a clinical support specialist for Tepe Ltd and an opinion leader and ultrasonics trainer for Dentsply Sirona. She is a trainer for the Florida probe.

Siobhan is the co-owner of www.dentalcpd.expert.

If you would like to book a free phone consultation please call 087 813 6849 or email info@dentalhygienist.ie


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‘Person of Prevention Award 2017’

On December 29, 2017

Siobhan Kelleher named 2017 Person of Prevention
By Guy Hiscott on 27 October 2017
Dentistry
Oral Health
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Siobhan Kelleher has been revealed as the winner of the inaugural People of Prevention (POP) Awards – a scheme designed to celebrate the true heroes of preventive dentistry.
Siobhan, a dental hygienist living and working in Ireland, was named as the winner in the September/October issue of Oral Health.
The quality of entries received by Oral Health was exceptional, proving beyond a doubt that prevention is in fine strength. But Siobhan’s entry stood out, garnering huge praise from the judges for her dedication to prevention.
Her passion for oral care shone through every aspect of her entry, which painted a picture of a dental professional working to improve patients’ lives in every way she could, from her own clinical work, to educating other professionals, and spending a huge amount of time and effort on reaching out to the public.
Her deep concern over the oral health of children in Ireland has seen her develop a range of innovative workshops that make oral health education interesting, accessible, and fun.
Siobhan stands as a worthy example of excellence in prevention – and a very worthy winner of the title of Oral Health’s first-ever Person of Prevention!
United in praise
The judges were united in their  praise of Siobhan’s exceptional entry. They said:
‘Siobhan has formed a well-developed workshop which is innovative and has prevention at its heart. She is obviously well-motivated, and the many testimonials submitted for her prove how highly thought of she is by those she works with.
‘She is clearly motivated, as demonstrated by her work with oral health companies and providing education, and the great strength of her innovative workshops is how easily they could be adapted to work in a number of different settings.
‘She demonstrated comprehensive care, and a long-standing commitment to the profession and her patients, making her a deserving winner.’

Going the extra sMILE

On June 26, 2014

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Thank you so much for all the support and for sponsoring me on the 500miles4smiles walk recently in the Uk. I was delighted to represent Ireland. Initially I had thought about  sending money to the cause but I felt it necessary to travel and support Christina Chatfield and Sarah Murray because it’s actually about heightening awareness rather than raising money that was the important issue here. The aim of 500miles4smiles was an awareness about Oral cancer and dental anxiety. Christina walked 500 miles from Scotland to Brighton. I joined her for part of the journey at Retford in the Uk.

My own cousin was diagnosed  recently with oral cancer. It was detected by his dentist and diagnosed early. He was a regular attender. It was an aggressive form of cancer and needed two surgical operations. He got the all clear last week. We need to continue to heighten awareness of the importance of regular dental visits to screen for cancer and catch it early- early diagnosis, long term prognosis. Oral cancer kills more people than breast cancer and testicular cancer put together.

When I met up with Christina and Sarah in Retford we chatted about Oral cancer and HPV vaccinations and how girls are vaccinated but not boys. Then they got the maps out ! Map reading is my worst nightmare. Sarah dropped us to our starting point  in the 500miles4smiles van with a sat nav with an irish accent. Of course they said they got it especially for my visit ! I never imagined we would be making our way across fields and rough terrain. Did we get lost ? – yes we did but soon got back on track and even ventured down the bicycle lane on the A1 with a few beep beeps !

We made it  and I headed back to Manchester before getting a flight back to Cork.

Sarah Murray commented ‘I am pleased the walk went as well as it did, with raising awareness of the risk factors associated with mouth cancer. We actively encouraged and continue to encourage people to visit their dental practice while raising money for HYS and BDHF. I am in awe of Christina who hopped out of bed every morning to continue walking. The project is not over, although the walk is, and we will continue to raise awareness through various projects’.

If you have an ulcer or sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal or discomfort or pain in the mouth that doesn’t go away- get it checked. Dentists and Dental hygienists screen for oral cancer at every visit .

When was your last visit ?

Siobhan Kelleher RDH

 

 

 

 

Heartyoursmile Champion 2014

On February 18, 2014

photo ChampionHi Siobhan,

I would like to congratulate you on becoming one of our Champions for 2014.

We would like to thank you for all your advice and inspiration for “A Wild Smile”, your dedication to your community project via Innovation 360 and for promoting Heart your Smile. You are truly an inspiration to the dental profession.

So happy to have you on board and welcome you to the HYS family.

Thanks again

Lizzy Felix

Operations Manager

01634 877599

www.heartyoursmile.co.uk

Registered Charity: 114786

Heart your Smile . 54 Micheldever Road . London . SE12 8LU

 

 

The Irish Dentistry Awards 2014

On October 21, 2013

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Irish Dentistry Awards 2014.

Best Dental Care Professional in the Repulic of Ireland WINNER ! Siobhan Kelleher RDH

 

Best New Practice

Best Patient Care

Best Website

Best Child health Initiative

Best Charity/Community Project.

 

We are delighted – Thank you for all your support.

 

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Dental Health Workshops


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We were delighted to be awarded ‘Highly Commended Child Dental Health Initiative’ at the Irish Dentistry awards 2015 in the Mansion house in Dublin on Jan 30th. We provide the workshops in schools and various other settings.

Dental Hygienst.ie Workshops

Best Child health Initiative, Best Community Project Finalist 2014 & 2015

We have created a workshop to give your child an interactive environment which inspires the best Oral health.

Aim To heighten awareness of the Importance of good Oral Health

Zone 1 – Functions of teeth

Zone 2 – Sugar detectives Explore sugar amounts in certain foods. Investigate the food packaging for sugar under different names. Spoon the amts of sugar into a glass container to examine the results.

Zone 3 -What is Plaque/bacteria? Disclose and show participants the areas they are missing when brushing. Each participant will have a toothbrush and toothpaste sample. Discuss Importance of Fluoride toothpaste. Parents and carers to sign a form for disclosing procedure.

Zone 4 – test of knowledge quiz. Certificate to take home.

We  visit local schools and groups. Please contact us  if you would like further information.

Dental hygienist.ie message

  • Cut out fizzy drinks and eat healthier snacks
  • Brush 2 x day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Replace brush frequently Spit out toothpaste – don’t rinse
  • Visit your hygienist/ dentist regularly.

info@dentalhyienist.ie

The workshops are held in the community in schools, Mother and toddler groups, active retirement groups. If you would like to run a workshop in your setting please contact us and we will discuss arrangements with you.

Siobhan Kelleher RDH- 087 813 6849 & Helen Murphy RDN- 0860807887

The workshop team

Siobhan Kelleher, RDH, is the owner of DentalHygienist.ie, She practices in Co Cork, Ireland. She is registered with the Irish Dental Council and General Dental Council UK as well as being a member of the Irish Dental Hygienists’ Association and Continuing Education officer on committee. Siobhan writes regularly for dental magazines and is a dental hygiene business coach. An honours dental hygiene student from University College Cork, she gained valuable advanced training in the UK and further extensive training with US consultant Bobbi Anthony. She was awarded ‘Best Dental Care Professional ROI 2014. She is a Heart Your Smile charity Champion, Innovator and Mentor.  She was awarded Highly Commended Hygienist of The Year UK & Eire 2014.

Helen Murphy, RDN, is registered with the Irish Dental Council and as well as being a member of the Irish Dental Nurses Association. Helen graduated from Manchester Dental Hospital in 1994, She completed N.V.Q. Level 4; Certificate in Dental Practice Management & Level 3 in Customer Services. Helen worked in General practice in the UK as Practice Manager for 14 years. She has a certificate in TEFL and taught English as a Foreign Language for over three years in a primary school and has a Diploma in teaching computers and is working on creating an App to improve Oral Health throughout Ireland.

Kate Murphy has also come on board with us. She is currently doing Transition Year in Glenamaddy Community School. Kate recently achieved ten honours in her Junior Cert Exam. She has a passion for Science and Home Economics. Medicine or dentistry is definitely her forte. She enjoys playing the piano and doing athletics with her school.

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Siobhan Kelleher RDH

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Dental hygienist.ie and Dentalcpd.expertPeriodontal disease Home 4 Eastgate village Cork Ireland Home Phone: 087 813 6849
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Kellie O’Shaughnessy

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Work Phone: 087 922 4347 Website: The Dental Den
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Kellie O’Shaughnessy an honours graduate from UCC furthered her studies in 2011 completing the Specialist Certificate in Health Promotion which led to the development of an Oral Health Programme called The Dental Den which has been recognised through various associations throughout Ireland and won numerous awards, including the Maloney Award 2013 and more recently was the winner of two prestigious awards at The Irish Dentistry Awards 2015.

Kellie is currently studying for a masters in health promotion, and is the oral health promotion representative for the Irish Dental Hygienists’ Association.

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