Dr. Grigorios Plemmonos

Dr. Grigorios Plemmonos

Five Minutes with Dr. Grigorios Plemmenos, General Dentist

Dr Greg is a General Dentist working full time in our Bagenalstown and Kilkenny Clinics. He  is a skilled Dentist, who was born and raised in Greece.

Dr. Greg’s patients will love his work hard and commitment, his dedication to patient care, his meticulous approach towards the clinical procedures and the great pride he takes in his work.

 

Let’s hear from Greg himself:

 

  1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

 

I started my career in dentistry in Athens in Greece where I received my Bachelors in Dentistry from the National and Kaporistrian University of Athens. From November 2022 – August 2023 I worked as a soldier dentist in the Greek Army Forces. 

 

  1.  How do you spend your spare time?

 

In my spare time I am a basketball coach so I enjoy coaching and playing basketball. Since I moved to Ireland I have taken up cycling as there are many beautiful cycling routes around Kilkenny and Carlow.

 

  1. Why did you want to pursue dentistry as a career?

 

When I first entered dental school, I wasn’t absolutely sure that this was the career path I would like to follow. However, my engagement with the dental courses made me change my mind and now I am keen on providing oral health care to my patients.

 

  1. What is your top tip for Oral Health?

 

My top tip for Oral Health is to flossing, I don’t think it is a widely practiced by people as it should be. While everyone knows to brush their teeth, not as many people have flossing in their oral health routines.

Sarie Liebenberg

Five Minutes with Sarie Liebenberg, Dental Hygienist

 

Sarie Liebenberg is a passionate Dental Hygienist with a combination of good people skills, compassion for her patients and love for her profession.

 

 

1. Where did you start your career?

 

I began my dentistry career at the School of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

 

2. What would you say you enjoy most about dentistry?

 

Health and aesthetics are no longer mutually exclusive. I love the fact that I can be part of a team that helps create healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. It contributes to overall happiness. I like happy!

 

 

3. How do you spend your spare time?

 

I don’t have a lot of spare time, but if I get a chance, I like to go for a run in the park. It’s like therapy to me. And my greatest spoil is a good book on the couch.

 

 

4. What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?

 

I am a member of several dental study clubs and committees, focusing on bettering ourselves through continuous education. I am also lecturing and writing educational articles. Therefore I am constantly gathering new and updated information.

 

 

5. What are some changes that you have witnessed in dentistry since you qualified?

 

We are taking a holistic approach in oral care focusing on prevention and motivation of the patient and emphasising the link between oral and systemic health.

Dr. Dalia Aqel

Five Minutes with Dr. Dalia Aqel

 

Dr. Dalia is a General Dentist working full-time from our two practices in Carlow town.

 

Where were you born and raised?

I am Palestinian, born in Tunisia, a country in North Africa as the fourth eldest in a family of five siblings. I was raised in Tunisia as well as Jordan, a country in the Middle East.

 

Where did you start your career in dentistry?

I graduated from University in Romania as a Dental Student in 2016. After graduating from University, I spent 5 years working in Jordan. Initially, I was in an internship role before working as a General Dentist with an interest in Prosthodontics.

I have always wanted to move to Ireland to work. I am thrilled that I made the move because the people of Ireland have been so welcoming. Plus, I was keen to work with one of my closest friends, Dr. Raksha Batajoo who I met back in University!

 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

When I am not working, I enjoy socialising with friends and listening to music. One of my favourite artists is Ed Sheeran, but I do love Arabic music as well as Pop!

 

What is the last thing you done to improve your skills/knowledge?

I recently completed an Advanced Endodontic Course back in Jordan. I do believe that it is important to keep up-to-date with current trends within the dental history, so I am always reading work by industry professionals.

 

What is your top tip for oral health?

It is hard to pick one! Brush 3 times a day, floss, use an oral rinse and reduce the frequency of sugar in your diet day-to-day. Also, pay us a visit every six months to keep on top of cleanings!

 

 

 

Dr. Daphne Halley

In 2018, Dr. Halley was awarded a clinical doctorate in oral surgery from the Dublin Dental University Hospital achieving first class honours and the Dean’s prize. During her 3 years of training Dr. Halley’s research focused on the surgical management of patients with antiresorptive osteonecrosis of the jaws. Dr. Halley has also been accepted as a Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland completing my FFD in oral surgery, and is registered as a Specialist Oral Surgeon with the Irish Dental Council. Dr. Halley currently holds a position on the Irish Oral Surgery Advisory Committee, and a teaching post at the Dublin Dental University Hospital.

 

Prior to this, Dr. Halley has worked in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery units in the Dublin Dental University Hospital, St James’s Hospital, Bristol Dental Hospital and Cardiff giving a strong foundation in the management and treatment of patients undergoing dentoalveolar surgery. Additionally, Dr. Halley worked in practice for a year after completing her undergraduate studies in Dentistry at Cardiff University.

Dr. Shahriar Khorshid

Five Minutes with Dr. Shahriar Khorshid, General Dentist

Dr. Shahriar is a pleasant, knowledgeable dentist based in the original Pembroke premises in Carlow town. While he enjoys General Dentistry, he is also very passionate about Periodontics and Endodontics. He has worked and studied in various countries around the world, including his home country, Iran.

 

Dr. Shahriar’s favourite thing about his job at Pembroke Dental is interacting with patients day-to-day and providing them with quality dentistry.

 

Let’s hear from Shahriar himself:

 

  1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

 

I worked in a private practice in Budapest, Hungary. Upon graduating from University, I completed one year of postgraduate studies in Germany before returning to Iran to volunteer as a General Practitioner.

 

  1. What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?

 

I am interested in all aspects of dentistry, especially treatments associated with gums, oral conditions, and root canals. Interacting with my patients before, during and after their treatment is important to ensure that they are comfortable and satisfied.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching sports. I have a particular interest in tennis, swimming, and volleyball. I also enjoy reading and cooking.

 

  1. What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?

 

I believe that is very important to keep up to date with new dentistry techniques and skills. I am currently attending a Prosthodontic course with Pembroke’s very own Dr. Nina King. Myself and a number of other dentists attend the course every Wednesday in Pembroke’s Newbridge practice. It is a challenge attending this course every week whilst also working full time 6 days a week, but it will be worth it.

 

  1. What are some changes that you have witnessed in dentistry since you qualified?

 

Multiple dentistry fields are changing and evolving every day, especially with the introduction of new dental technologies. I believe that it is necessary to keep up to date with the highest standard of dentistry across the various different fields.

Dr. Chinonso Nwachukwu

Five Minutes with Dr. Chinonso Nwachukwu, General Dentist & Hygienist

Dr. Chinonso is a gentle, experienced dentist based in the original Pembroke premises in Carlow town. She also spends one day a week treating patients in our Bagenalstown clinic. She is enthusiastic about all aspects of dentistry, especially oral hygiene. She has recently moved from Hungary, where she worked for 6.5 months, to join the team here at Pembroke Dental. Dr. Chinonso ensures that all of her patients are 100% satisfied following their treatment.

 

When she is not working, Dr. Chinonso regularly keeps in contact with her friends and family back home in Aboh Mbaise and Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.

 

Dr. Chinonso’s favourite thing about her job at Pembroke Dental is interacting with patients day-to-day and providing them with good oral hygiene tips and advice. Nothing makes her happier than seeing patients pleased with their dental treatment after their visit to Pembroke Dental.

 

Let’s hear from Chinonso herself:

 

1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

 

I began studying dentistry in the University of Pécs in Hungary, where I studied there for 6 years. After I graduated from University, I began practicing as a General Dentist for 6.5 months in a village called Dunaszentbenedek in Hungary. Moving to Ireland was a big change for me, but I was very excited about it!

 

2. What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?

 

I truly enjoy meeting and interacting each day with patients, new and existing. I prioritise patient satisfaction and try to make their experience as comfortable as possible.

 

In my spare time, I like to relax and practice self-care. I have a skincare routine that I like to follow to keep my skin looking healthy. I also enjoy a shopping spree every now and then!

 

3. What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?

 

I am always striving to improve my dental skills and knowledge. Since moving to Ireland, I have been regularly studying the HSE website. Watching YouTube videos is also a fantastic, free & fun way to access educational content about dentistry.

 

4. What would you say to patients who are nervous about attending the dentist?

 

I approach all of my patients in a calm & friendly manner. It is crucial that patients are relaxed and understand each process of their treatment. Using a calm voice to check-in with patients throughout their appointment is a priority of mine.

 

5. What is your top tip for oral health?

 

My top tip for oral health is to brush gently with a soft bristled toothbrush. I also recommend flossing regularly to help remove bacteria and improve your oral health.

Dr. Sinead Allis

Sinead Allis qualified from University College Cork, Ireland in 2002 and then moved to the UK and worked in a general dental practice in Essex for seven years. During this time, her postgraduate studies included a Certificate in Endodontics and following this over the course of one year, she completed Dr. Christopher Orr’s ‘Cosmetic and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry’ course.

 

In 2010 Sinead completed a full-time Master’s Degree in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital (UCL) London. This area of dentistry focuses on restoring and replacing missing teeth in a conservative manner. Since 2010, Sinead has been a visiting lecturer for the ‘Hands On’ courses run at the Eastman Postgraduate Centre for Dentists preparing for their ORE examinations. This is an aspect of Dentistry that gives her great satisfaction.

 

In 2013 she successfully gained membership to the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s Joint Dental Faculties. ‘Keeping up to date with new aspects of dentistry is very important to me and whilst I enjoy all aspects of general dentistry on a daily basis, implant dentistry is where my passion lies.’

 

Since 2009, Dr Sinead Allis has worked in specialist implant and oral surgery practices providing all aspects of Implant Dentistry from single tooth replacements to full arch restorations. She is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) and is fully committed to postgraduate education. She attends a wide range of implant related courses and conferences both in the UK and abroad. Sinead is very passionate about her work and always aims to provide a high standard of care to all her patients.

Dr. Declan MacDonnell

Five Minutes with Dr. Declan MacDonnell, General Dentist

 

Declan has returned home to Ireland from the UK where he spent several years working as an Implantologist. He enjoys working alongside a team of skilled dental professionals five days a week in our Newbridge clinic. Declan is welcoming new and existing patients for General Dentistry treatments.

 

 

Where did you start your dentistry career?

I actually began by studying Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin before transitioning to a career in Dentistry. I then graduated from Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth in 2012.

 

 

What do you enjoy most about dentistry?

Dentistry is a very rewarding career. I enjoy the technical nature of it, and the precision it requires. I also love how transformative it can be. Treating a patient, from start to finish, and seeing the difference certain dental treatments can have on their ability to eat normally, or smile confidently, is extremely rewarding.

 

 

What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?

Last year, I was awarded a reputable Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in the UK. I believe that it is important for us dental professionals to frequently improve our skills and knowledge. It proves that we are dedicated to our profession.

 

 

What is your approach to nervous patients?

I take great pride in my dentistry and always try to engage patients in a friendly and approachable manner. Here at Pembroke Dental, I will be offering a variety of General Dental treatments to nervous patients, from Dental Health Checks and Cleans to Root Canal Treatments and Extractions.

Dr. Waseem Gohar

Five Minutes with Dr. Waseem Gohar, General Dentist

 

Where did you start your dentistry career?

I started my formal dentistry career in The University Dental Hospital in sunny Dubai after graduating with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Hungary. Having been away from my family during undergraduate years, I wanted to spend some time with them in Dubai before I embarked on my journey to work in Ireland.

I spent the following months as a dental intern in different departments of dentistry gaining indispensable skills from the specialists in the hospital. During this time, I also completed Part 1 of Membership of Faculty of Dentistry postgraduate examination from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MFD RCSI). I intend to take Part 2 of this examination imminently.

Dubai is a home to over 200 nationalities, so meeting new people and understanding different culture has strengthened my communication skills, which is an important aspect of dentistry.

 

What do you enjoy most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time?

The beauty of being a dentist is this- every day is different, each patient presents a unique challenge, keeping you motivated. You never get bored or have a mundane day at work. I enjoy all things dentistry, from meeting and greeting my patients to the treatment procedure itself but my particular interest lies in Endodontics or root canal treatment.

I am an avid reader and gym enthusiast; I spend my spare time reading psychological thrillers, weightlifting, and occasionally dabbling in cardiovascular exercise.

 

What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge?

I keep myself up to date with contemporary literature, reading scientific articles, attend courses and live webinars to provide the best possible treatment to my patients. I recently attended a webinar hosted by an endodontist from the UK titled ‘Introduction to a Perfect Root Canal Treatment’ which was excellent as I can apply those skills into my daily practice. I follow dentists from all over the world on social media to learn different tips and tricks. As a healthcare professional, simply put, the learning never stops.

 

 

Why is the routine dental health check so important?

Changes to teeth happen on both macro and microscopic levels. As dentists we are trained to detect both during a routine dental health check. There are tests and tools at our disposal such as X-rays which can aid our diagnosis. During regular visits, the changes can be detected early and treated in the initial stages before they have had the chance to deteriorate. For example, the presence of tartar or calculus, a tenacious hard plaque deposit which develops slowly over time and is adhered strongly to the teeth which can cause gum disease cannot be removed at home with toothbrushing. It requires cleaning with our ultrasonic scaler performed at a dental clinic. Dentist can further evaluate your overall oral health and guide on how to improve it, if needed. In the long run, regular visits are more cost-effective and contribute to your overall general wellbeing.

 

Should I use mouthwash regularly?

 

The one thing that should not be regularly used in an oral care regime is Mouthwash. In simple terms, our mouth or oral cavity has both friendly and harmful bacteria -we want to lessen the harmful bacteria while encouraging the friendly bacteria. Unfortunately, mouthwash is 100% antibacterial and cannot distinguish between the two. Recent studies have shown that people who use mouthwash twice a day for a certain period are at 55% higher risk of developing pre-diabetes or diabetes. No concrete reason for this has been found yet.

The American Dental Association suggests the use of mouthwash for therapeutic use or symptomatic relief, for instance, in the treatment of bleeding gums under the prescription of a dentist. Toothbrushing, manual or electrical for 2 minutes twice a day and daily flossing is absolutely sufficient for maintenance of good oral hygiene without the use of any mouthwash.