About Ciara Howard

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Following obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of London, Ciara trained at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Devon where she also spent a year undergoing NHS vocational training. She is interested in all aspects of general dental practice and has a particular interest in paediatric dentistry. Ciara enjoys working with children, as well as nervous patients. She is looking forward to her move from Devon to Suffolk, where she has spent many childhood holidays.

Why dentistry?
I have always been interested in healthcare and this is something that developed further from studying for my science degree. Soon after graduating, I carried out some work experience in hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and dental practices. This made me realise how dentistry is such a great career, where you can combine the provision of healthcare with meeting new people every day, and hopefully get to work with whole families to care for their dental health, from babies to grandparents.
What do you enjoy most about dentistry?

I really like the variety that general dental practice has to offer. I like the fact that I can work with a broad age range of people. I would say one of my favourite patient groups would be when I get to work with children. I feel from working in paediatric clinics and in general practice in Tavistock, Devon  that I have developed a number of techniques to get children to feel more relaxed and involved with dentistry, so it does not need to be something they are afraid of. I like to make the experience for them as fun as possible and make parents aware it is never too early to bring their little ones along for their first check up!

What was it like training at a relatively new dental school like Peninsula?
I trained on a graduate entry programme which was great as we got to start treating patients from the very first year. The facilities were very modern in each of the dental clinics spread out over the South West, from Truro to Exeter. I really enjoyed my time there and felt it prepared me well for general practice.

Why the move to Suffolk?
Having spent a number of years in the South West I am looking forward to moving back closer to my family and friends. I spent many childhood holidays in Southwold and Aldeburgh so felt I would like to return to the area to settle and am looking forward to returning to the area soon.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a big fan of the coast so enjoy spending time on the beach and on coastal walks. I like going to the theatre and some city life as well.