Newquay dental therapist Laura in clinic

Dental Hygiene Therapy with Smile Together

Laura Smith

Originally from Stafford, Laura Smith studied dental therapy and hygiene at Birmingham University Dental Hospital, graduating in July 2017. She moved to Newquay with her twin sister where they love the friendliness of the town, its attitude towards sustainability and the environment, and of course the surfing! Laura joined Smile Together in August 2019, initially working in our practice in Newquay which operates from Newquay Hospital on St Thomas’ Road, right in the heart of the community about which she says: “Newquay is a really lovely, friendly town where many people have active lifestyles and are very health-conscious. It’s a great place in which to be practising and helping to keep those lovely smiles healthy and bright”.

However, Laura now also treats patients from our Harleigh Road Dental Centre in Bodmin and flies out to the Isles of Scilly every three months with her dental nurse to see patients there! In both Newquay and Bodmin her services are covered under our ‘Patient Plans’ enabling patients to spread the cost of regular check-ups, hygiene therapy appointments or more complex dental work.

Laura is very keen for people to realise that dental hygiene therapy isn’t just about the traditional scale and polish to remove plaque – it’s a much more holistic oral health care approach to keeping gums healthy and strong. Gums are a good indication of an individual’s overall health and wellbeing, a window to the rest of their body, and she therefore encourages her patients to attend for regular appointments.

She explains: “As a dental hygiene therapist I have gained an additional level of qualification which means I can support our dentists with fillings, impressions, children’s extractions, fissure sealants and fluoride varnishing, and they refer many of their patients to me. At Smile Together patients can make direct access hygiene therapy appointments without seeing the dentist first and many welcome this opportunity to talk to me about their oral health care – I’m very friendly and approachable”.

Smile Together also has a dental hygiene therapist (Jo Elmes) practicing in Saltash and is supporting dental nurse Jo Trevelyan with her Dental Therapy & Hygiene studies at Plymouth University, recognising the value that such colleagues bring to patient care.