Perks of keeping our teeth clean

Cillian Walsh

A MID KERRY dental hygienist been selected as one of just five finalists nationwide for the prestigious 'Kin Dental Hygienist of the Year.'

Nora O'Neill-Clifford from Meanus, Killorglin, who is a hygienist at the Milltown and Caherciveen Dental Practices, was nominated by her dental team colleagues and scored highly under patient care, clinical skills and teamwork to make it to the final five.

"I am honoured to have been nominated," said Nora. "For the final, we have to present a case study based on our daily work and that has to be completed by September," she added.

Nora graduated from the Dublin Dental Hospital in Trinity College in 1998 and worked for over a decade as a dental nurse, where she developed experience in general dentistry and orthodontics. She returned to academic studies at the Cork Dental Hospital at University College Cork, where she graduated with honours as a dental hygienist in 2011. Since then, Nora has worked as a dental hygienist with Martina and Margaret Riordan, of Milltown and Cahersiveen Dental Practices.

Margaret and Martina Riordan said they were delighted for Nora, who they said has made a tremendous contribution to the practice.

"Nora is a valued member of staff and has a very warm and professional relationship with her patients. She is a very worthy finalist," said Margaret and Martina.

The winner of the 'Kin Dental Hygienist of the Year' will receive an educational bursary cheque for €500 and the runners up will receive an educational bursary cheque for €100.