Julie Rothwell

Julie Rothwell

Five Minutes with Julie Rothwell, RDH. Dental Hygienist

 

1. Where did you start your Hygienist Career?

My Dental journey began in 2013 when I moved from my homeplace in Clonegal to Cork City to train as Dental Nurse in Cork University Dental School and Hospital.

In my years in CUDSH I worked in all areas of dentistry including: the Central Sterile Services Department, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Restorative, Paediatrics, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Dental Theatre. I was lucky enough to work there as both a student and staff member.

From my first year as a Dental Nurse I knew that becoming a Dental Hygienist was the next career step I wished to take. I was eager to become more ‘hands on’ in my career as I love interacting and caring for patients. I worked hard to gain a place in the Dental Hygiene course in University College Cork and thankfully, I was successful.

 

2. What do you enjoy most about Dental Hygiene?

My favourite part of being a Hygienist is educating my patients on how to care for their teeth in a way that they can incorporate into their lifestyle. Seeing how little alterations in their oral hygiene regime can really change their smile and oral health is a great pleasure for me.

I love the ‘hands on’ side of this career but my job isn’t just about cleaning teeth. This is just one small part. Being able to make patients feel at ease and working together to accomplish their oral health goals is what I always aim to achieve.

 

3. What have you done to improve your skills and knowledge?

I have completed a Dental Nursing and Dental Radiography course. Attended professional development seminars for Dental Nurses & Dental Hygienists. I have my BLS (basic life support) up to date. Certificates in various dental related courses.

 

4. Can you explain some more about Oral Hygiene information?

Oral hygiene information consists of:

    • Explanations of the causes of dental decay and gum disease and how to prevent these health problems occurring.
    • Toothbrush and interdental aid recommendations.
    • Brushing techniques demonstrations.
    • Toothpaste and mouth rinse advice.

 

5. Why should I use interdental aids?

As most people are aware, dental plaque is the fundamental cause of both dental decay and gum disease. But only 60% of dental plaque is removed from tooth brushing alone! So, to remove the other 40% we need to use interdental aids. Depending on your teeth there is a variety of products you can use to remove plaque from between your teeth. If the plaque is left to accumulate there it will harden into harmful tartar. This can lead to decay, gum inflammation and eventual tooth loss.

 

6. What is your Top Tip for oral health?

My Top Tip!

Keep your interdental aids always somewhere handy and nearby. Doesn’t have to be done in a bathroom! I find keeping flossers in the kitchen handy for cleaning after meals.

 

7. What do you do in your spare time?

Outside of work my hobbies consist of makeup artistry, arts & crafts, gardening and travel. I have even completed an ITEC level certificate in Makeup in 2016 in Cork College of Commerce. Whenever I get the opportunity, I love exploring new places. Whether it’s in Ireland or abroad I’m always adding to my bucket list of places to visit.

Yvonne O’Flynn

Podiatrist

Yvonne is a local woman from Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny. She is a fully qualified and experienced podiatrist having a degree qualification from Durham University. She takes great pride in all her work and provides a friendly ,professional and efficient service to her patients. Podiatry treatments include all those for common foot problems such as nails, corns, callus, verrucae and ingrowing toenails. Yvonne also provides specific treatment for diabetic patients taking especial care of the foot complications that these patients may have. She is trained and experienced in the casting and provision of orthotics.

Dr. Breandán O Niadh

Implant Dentistry, Placement and Restoration

Dr. Breandan O Niadh graduated from TCD in 2004 and worked in general practice until 2012, when he commenced an Implantology fellowship in the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston. While working as a general dentist he completed an introductory course in implants in 2009 and 2010 and this is where his interest in this field arose. He commenced full time program in 2012 limited to two people which he completed in 2014.

Dr. O Niadh was an undergraduate clinical supervisor in the Harvard Dental School while he was training, teaching Implant dentistry in the dental clinics. He was also involved in clinical research as part of the Implantology program. His programme director and mentor, Dr. German Gallucci, is a world leader in Implant dentistry who has published extensively and contributed to many books on the subject. He represented Harvard Dental School at the EAO in Dublin in 2013 and at the North Eastern Implant Symposium in Boston in 2014. Dr. O Niadh is a member of the ITI-International Team for Implantology and has attended advanced training courses in implant dentistry in Switzerland and London.

Dr. Darrelle Power

Specialist in Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Darrelle Power graduated from the Trinity College Dublin dental school in 2001 and went on to undertake further training in Prosthodontics. After she gained her specialist qualification, Dr Power moved to the United States to under take additional qualifications in Aesthetic Dentistry from New York University. Prior to returning to Ireland, she lectured and taught as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Prosthodontics at New York University. Dr. Power attends at The Granby Clinic and Pembroke Dental Kilkenny and provides specialist treatment in the advanced replacement and restoration of missing, broken, worn teeth or heavily restored teeth as well as high-end cosmetic work such as dental veneers and smile rehabilitations. She collaborates closely with other dental specialists and dentists to attain the best outcome for her patients, leading a multi-disciplinary team.

 

What to expect from a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a specialist dentist who has completed a five year degree in general dentistry plus at least three additional years of training and education in a postgraduate Prosthodontics program. Prosthodontists specialise in treating and handling dentofacial problems that involve restoring missing and damaged tooth and jaw structures. A prosthodontist is highly trained in aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures and much more. They strive to carry out all treatment to the highest standards possible.

 

Darrelle’s approach to her Patients.

Darrelle describes her approach to dentistry as conscientious and caring whilst paying a high attention to detail. Patients will go through a detailed consultative process at the outset of treatment to create a pathway to their ideal outcome. Darrelle works closely with our inhouse specialists to optimise clinical success. Following the detailed understanding of a patients goals, current condition, budget and timeframe, Darrelle will create a detailed bespoke treatment plan and discuss  with each patient ,exploring all suitable treatment avenues, before embarking on their treatment.

Dr. Kate Farrell

Specialist in Oral Surgery

Kate graduated with honours in Dental Science from Trinity College Dublin in 2008. The following two years were spent in the Dublin Dental University Hospital, the first as a Junior House Officer and the latter as Senior House Officer in Oral Surgery. During this time, she obtained her MFD from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Kate then worked for a further two years as a Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in St. James’ Hospital Dublin and during this time was awarded an FFD in Oral Surgery/ Oral Medicine by the RCSI.

She then returned to the Dublin Dental University Hospital to complete a three-year clinical doctorate in Oral Surgery and graduated with first class honours in 2015. She completed the Fellowship in Oral Surgery and is registered as an oral surgeon specialist with the Irish Dental Council. Kate currently works as a Fellow in Maxillofacial Pediatric Surgery in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, in the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin as well as in private practice.

Dr. Bishoy Wanis

 

Where did you start your dentistry career, Bishoy?

 

 

I started my dental career in New Zealand as an Oral Health Therapist (Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist). I worked as a therapist for just over 3 years, and that clinical experience in dentistry is what made me realise that my true passion does lie within this field and made me pursue further studies to become a dentist.

 

 

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

 

 

What I love about dentistry is how life changing the best quality dental care can make to my patients lives and confidence, especially if I have provided their care! The biggest reward for me is the smile of a satisfied patient leaving the clinic happy!

When I am not practicing dentistry, I enjoy playing video games, working out at the gym, reading a bit of dental literature, and having some social drinks with friends.

 

 

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

 

 

In this field it’s very important to keep up to date with the literature as technology and treatment modalities are constantly changing and updating. I attend online webinars regularly and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic I have had a great opportunity to attend several online webinars and conferences. In 2019, I also attended a course (both theoretical as well as practical) on advanced prosthodontic treatment planning for crowns, bridges, and veneers.

 

 

Why is the routine dental health check so important?

 

 

There is a saying that goes “the oral cavity is the window to a person’s health” which I believe is very true, as several systemic diseases can manifest in the mouth (cancers, Diabetes Mellitus, even heart issues). Good maintenance of overall health and having regular dental health checks can be a turning point for any individual suffering from chronic diseases like Diabetes Mellitus and help them have more control over these health issues. Certain conditions can be diagnosed early during the routine screening that your dentist performs during a dental health check who will refer you to your doctor for further investigating if necessary. So, we don’t just check the health of your teeth and gums, but we also want to make sure you are enjoying a healthy+++ quality of life!

 

 

Why are my gums bleeding?

 

 

Many people suffer from bleeding gums for a very common reason: Gingivitis caused by dental plaque bacteria accumulating on teeth and gums. Almost anyone and everyone suffers from gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) at some stage in their life, and although it does not cause any pain to the point where seeking dental care becomes urgent, it can slowly make the gums weaker and erode the bone holding teeth firm (advanced gum inflammation, aka Periodontitis) and that can affect how long the teeth remain in the mouth as well. This is why it is very important to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once daily to remove plaque deposits in order to ensure that we not only maintain good health of our teeth from decay, but also from gum disease!

 

What is your top tip for oral health?

 

Brush and floss your teeth daily! It can make a huge difference in your daily life having a fresh breath, a healthy smile, and definitely need some good back teeth if you enjoy having a good steak every now and then like myself!

 

Dr Aditya Vickram, BDS, MFD,RCSI

Aditya is an experienced and skillful dentist, hailing originally from India. He has worked in Ireland and the UK for over 15 years with particular emphasis in Oral Surgery procedures. He enjoys general dental practice, but his main area of interest is in Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. His interest in surgery and dental implants led him to do courses in Switzerland for Implant dentistry.

Dental Implants are the efficient and modern way to replace teeth which have been removed/lost for various reasons like decay, trauma and also for  patients who have difficulty wearing dentures etc. The success rate of Dental Implants is now known to be 98% over 25 to 30 years so they are recognised as the ideal solution for missing teeth.

Aditya enjoys delivering high quality personalised treatment plans for patients which needs meticulous planning and time. He is continually involved in professional development by attending seminars and conferences.

He is a calm and kind dentist with a good sense of humour. His hobbies include hiking, surfing travelling and …dentistry!

 

Why did you join Pembroke Dental, Adi?

 

I joined Pembroke Dental as it is a very modern practice with the latest technology and equipment available which helps the dental practitioners to provide best quality care to patients. It has also an excellent support system for both patients and staff members which I admire.

Dr. Raksha Batajoo

Five Minutes with Dr. Raksha Batajoo D.M.D., Dentist with Special Interest in Orthodontics

If you look up the word ‘passionate’ in the dictionary, you’ll probably see a picture of Dr. Raksha. She is passionate about everything she does from cooking to yoga and reading; but most of all, she is passionate about what she does here at Pembroke Orthodontics. Helping our patients and researching new solutions to dental problems are top priorities for Dr. Raksha.

 

When not engaged in orthodontic pursuits, Dr. Raksha enjoys her spare time with her family and friends.In addition, she is very involved with her Nepali ex patriot community in Ireland .She is an avid fan of movies and the cinema. Travelling and exploring the Irish countryside is also a keen pastime.

 

A little-known fact about Dr. Raksha? Her first concert ever was Kutumba, a Nepali folk band ! Not sure who they are? Or are you a fan of their music yourself? Ask her about it the next time you are in!

 

What Dr. Raksha likes best about her job here in Pembroke Dental? All of the great people she gets to meet and work with; parents, patients, co-workers and the nursing team as well as the wider dental community.

 

Let’s hear from Raksha herself:

 

1. Where did you start your dentistry career?

 

My dentistry career started as I took my first step inside the University in Romania as a Dental student in 2010. I graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, DMD. After completion I returned to my home city of Kathmandu in Nepal and practiced as a general dentist for about a year. My particular area of interest in dentistry has always been orthodontics so I followed my dream and completed my 3-year post graduation training on Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopaedics.

 

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

 

I particularly enjoy meeting new people, communicating with them and getting to know their dental and health problems and helping to solve them if I can. I thrive on difficult cases and getting entangled with new methods and technologies.

 

I spend my spare time mostly travelling and watching movies. Some days I totally relax and I do nothing at all-I need time to totally unwind. I do always make sure to have time for my family.

 

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

 

The last thing that I have done to improve my skills/ knowledge is to attend as many Invisalign seminars and webinars that I could possibly get my hands on-they are really educational and informative. I am also attending some online training programs. I have worked and assisted many renowned dentists and grabbed many helpful tips and knowledge from their experience. I am an avid reader and study as many scientific articles as I can related to dentistry and new innovative practice methods.

 

4. How do you suggest for nervous patients who needs to see a dentist but are too nervous?

 

For every patient we need to gain their trust first. To do so, we must ensure we acknowledge their problems and the history of their nervousness. A smile and an open friendly nature never hurt. Discussing our problems in a calm and open forum can help lessen fears which I welcome and can help in easing nervousness and make my patients feel relaxed.

 

5. What is your top tip for oral health?

 

First and foremost, attaining and maintaining dental health is our top priority. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease and can help you keep your teeth as you get older. Dental health is also interlinked with general health -so some simple tips are as follows. Practice good oral hygiene. Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque. Visit your Dentist at least twice a year for a dental health check. Cut down on the frequency of sweet acidic drinks and sweet foods to help both your dental and general health overall.

Dr. Mary Ward

Five Minutes with Mary Ward, Facial Aesthetics

 

1. Where did you start your facial aesthetics career?

I qualified as a dentist from UCC in 2009 and went to work in London for 7 years. There I gained great experience working as a dental associate in general practice and also as an SHO in the oral and maxillofacial departments of 3 busy London hospitals.

I first trained in facial aesthetics with an academy on Harley Street in 2012. In more recent years I have expanded my skillset and trained in more advanced procedures with Dr Bob Khanna, Dr Rikin Parekh and the OFAA academy.

I like to attend at least one course and conference every year where I keep up to date with new products and developments.

 

2. What would you say is your Facial aesthetics philosophy?

 

I aim to help my clients achieve results that are subtle and natural yet giving them a fresher and more revitalised appearance.

 

From talking with my patients ,I get to know their personality, their lifestyle and expectations and help them understand how we can achieve results in a way that complements and enhances their natural features but is individual to them also.

 

3. What do you enjoy most about Facial aesthetics?

 

I really enjoy carrying out the procedures and seeing the reaction of my clients afterwards. It is a very exciting and rewarding area as it evolves and develops so much every year. There is a wide range of treatments and products available now for our clients to help us resolve issues that were previously bothering them. I also love attending training courses and conferences where I get to meet other practitioners and learn new skills.

 

4. How would your co-workers describe you?

 

I think they would say that I am professional and hard-working, empathetic and kind. I like to be well prepared for all my clinics and so I’m constantly in touch with my team to ensure we are ready for the week ahead.

 

5. HHow do you spend your spare time?

 

I have recently started cooking and baking again. I enjoy getting out and about meeting friends and going on city breaks. After work I try to do some exercise and go to the gym.

 

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

 

I regularly watch webinars given by training academies and expert practitioners in my spare time. My last training course was in February 2020 at the Dr Bob Khanna training institute in the UK. It was for a new skin product that I hope to introduce to the clinic. I read the monthly aesthetic journals to which I subscribe and find them really good for tips and information on new treatments and products.