Working with you to achieve and maintain a healthy smile

Your dedicated hygienist in Dún Laoghaire

At Killane Dental Care, our dentists work closely with our hygienist in Dún Laoghaire as part of our mission to keep patients healthy and prevent dental problems. The hygienist’s job is effectively at the front line of dental health, keeping your teeth and gums in top condition by preventing plaque and tartar from causing cavities and gum disease. The hygienist uses a number of approaches to achieve this: the practical approach, which involves carrying out a professional deep-clean, or scale and polish; and the educational approach, making sure patients’ diet and lifestyle aren’t impacting negatively on their oral health, and equipping them with the skills and techniques for effective oral hygiene at home.

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Personalised hygiene treatment in Dún Laoghaire

Because we are a small practice, our dentists are often able carry out hygiene treatments too. Whether you have your appointment with a dentist or a hygienist, you will experience the same high quality of care and tailored advice. You’ll receive a scale and polish – a professional deep clean that reaches places the toothbrush often misses, lifting stains and clearing your mouth of plaque and tartar, the causes of gum disease and tooth decay. Once this is done, your teeth will be buffed with a polish that leaves your smile feeling smooth and shiny, and deflects more plaque from forming.

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What do I need to know about plaque and tartar?

Plaque and tartar are the key contributors to gum disease and tooth decay. The root cause of gum disease and tooth decay is bad oral hygiene – when you let your regular brushing and flossing slide, a film of bacteria – plaque – builds up around the gum line. Caused by the food that remains on your teeth after eating, plaque eventually hardens to become tartar. Together, they attack the tooth enamel, making gums and teeth vulnerable to disease and decay.

Can I do anything to prevent oral hygiene problems occurring?

Maintaining a rigorous cleaning programme at home is vital if you want to minimise hygienist appointments. Our hygienist will give you advice and tips not only about how to clean your teeth, but also about diet and general lifestyle.

Does it hurt to get a scale and polish?

Not usually, though if your gums are very sensitive the hygienist can use anaesthetic gel to alleviate any discomfort.

How often should I see my hygienist?

If you have good oral health, we generally recommend seeing the hygienist twice a year. If you’ve had dental implants or tooth restorations, you may be required to visit more frequently to ensure plaque is being kept under control effectively around your prosthetic restorations.

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Amazing dentist. Very understanding, made me feel at ease at all times.


I have attended with family members on several occasions and I am very happy with the treatment received from Dr Killane. He's a lovely man and is very professional and caring.

Dr. Robert had operating hours that could accommodate me, so I went to him for a check-up and a filling. I’m not sure I saw a price beforehand, but I was quoted at the appointment. Everything went well and I didn’t need to go back for any follow-ups.


Killane Dental is a lovely, tastefully decorated clinic. Everyone – including the receptionist – was really friendly. I’ve no complaints about my experience.