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Over 40s? Get to know how to keep your smile and mouth looking youthful

The benefits of having a beautiful smile are uncountable: high self-esteem, confidence, happiness and wellbeing to name a few. Over the years, however, the natural wear can result in chipped teeth and colour ranging from yellow to brown-ish. Some people embrace the ageing as a natural process, while others prefer to rejuvenate the smile and instantly their visage. If you fit in the second group, this article is for you! Check out some treatments available and what habits to avoid. Read more

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Pericoronitis – Gum infection associated with Wisdom Teeth

When the wisdom teeth are erupting, usually during the late adolescence or early 20s, many problems can occur inside the mouth. When the tooth is not yet fully erupted, pericoronitis  can occur.

Pericoronitis is one of the most common problems related to wisdom teeth. When the tooth is pushing up through the gum, it takes a while. This means there is a flap of gum tissue covering the tooth can easily hold food particles and plaque. “As the hygiene of the area is not very easy to maintain, the presence of food waste can be constant and plaque bacteria will grow, causing inflammation and infection in the area”, explains Dr. Rozelle Owens. Symptoms range from medium or excessive pain and swelling to difficulty opening the mouth, sore throat, and bad breath. In more severe cases, symptoms may also include fever, earache and difficulty breathing! Moreover, as this area will be swollen, it is quite possible that the opposite tooth above the area exacerbates the problem by biting down on the swollen gum causing more swelling and pain. Ouch! Read more

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Oral Care during pregnancy – what you should know

pregnant woman brushing teeth and concerned about Oral Care During Pregnancy

Oral Care During Pregnancy What You Should Know? It is not uncommon for the mother-to-be to have oral health problems. The extra hormones in the body during pregnancy can make pregnant women more susceptible to gum disease. This means keeping plaque bacteria under control is even more important. “During pregnancy, several changes occur in the female body that can lead to the onset or worsen of dental problems,” says Dr. Rozelle Owens. “The change of hormones in pregnancy affects the immune system, making the gums more sensitive to the plaque bacteria that cause gum disease. One of the most common symptoms of this disease is intense and spontaneous bleeding during brushing,” adds Dr. Owens. If not addressed it can become advanced gum disease which can lead to tooth loss. Read more

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Teeth whitening: smile brighter and whiter for Summer!

Smile brighter and whiter for summer in Dublin! Teeth Whitening treatment plus a dental exam – 50% OFF. 😀
We will be waiting for you at D4 Dentist! 

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How to keep your mouth healthy when you have a sweet tooth?

How to keep your mouth healthy when you have a sweet tooth?

Giving up sugar is hard but we have some good news. Rozelle Owens is ready to explain it. 🙂

Watch our first video! 🙂

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7 reasons why you should avoid oral piercings

7 reasons to avoid oral piercings

The side effects of oral piercings are much more than just malocclusion. Your breath may not be as fresh anymore. Eew! Getting body piercings has become popular as a form of individual expression. What some people don’t know is that an oral piercing, placed on the tongue, lips or cheek involves greater risks than those placed in the ear, skin and other body parts. Read more

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How to choose the ideal toothbrush?

how to choose the ideal toothbrush

Brushing our teeth twice a day is part of our routine, but many people still do not know how to choose the ideal toothbrush. There are so many types and sizes that you can get confused and undecided very often. The same toothbrush that is important to keep your teeth clean, can also be the villain of the story. Knowing how to choose the right toothbrush is just as important as brushing your teeth properly, so read this article and learn how to choose the best option. Read more

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5 common mistakes you do while brushing your teeth

mistakes you do while brushing your teeth

Brushing our teeth twice a day is something that we learnt as a kid and is essential for maintaining fresh breath and sparkling teeth. It seems to be an easy and even automatic task because you’ve been doing it on a daily basis for years. But did you know that you can make some mistakes that can cause damage to our teeth and gums? Check out the following widespread mistakes you do while brushing your teeth: Read more

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Eating with Braces – What Can I Eat?

What to eat and not eat when you’re wearing braces

When wearing braces it’s hard to figure out what you can and can’t eat. When you first get braces on your teeth they can be a bit tender and you’ll naturally go for softer foods. Even as you get more used to wearing them and feel you can manage different foods, you still have to be careful.

Remember the braces are designed to be removable, unfortunately, the down side is they can be damaged when chewing certain foods.

Below are some guidelines for what to eat and what to avoid eating.

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Keeping your mouth healthy

Brush your teeth, floss, don’t eat sugar – we dentists are constantly harping on about these things!

Unfortunately it seems as a profession we are failing to get the message across.
Most recent research shows that more than 80% of Irish people have gum disease!
Gum disease is a low grade chronic infection constantly draining your body’s resources. Let’s face it, it’s hard enough to stay fit and well with our hectic lives without another factor threatening our wellbeing!

Gum disease has proven links to;

• Diabetes
• Heart disease – HEART ATTACKS and STROKE
• Low birth weight and premature birth
• Pneumonia
• Osteoporosis
• Infertility in men

Not to mention Bad breath and tooth loss!

Even if you don’t suffer from any of the above, having a low grade chronic infection will contribute to feeling “run down” and “not 100%”.

The solution is easy; a dental health check and cleaning by your dentist followed by a good home care regime.

The ratio of importance is roughly 70:30 patient to dentist in the role of good oral hygiene. It’s important to get your check up and cleaning at least once a year but if you’re not doing the home care you will most likely experience problems.

Have you heard of the 21 day habit forming theory? If you can make yourself do something for 21 days it will then become a habit. After 21 days its easy because you just do it out of habit.
If you find it hard to remember to brush twice a day and for the correct amount of time just think of this. Find a way to make yourself do it for just 3 weeks and then it will be imprinted in your brain, an unbreakable excellent habit. Keep thinking 21 Days!

What to do?

1. Make sure you brush twice a day for 2-3 minutes (time it, it’s ages!)
2. Make sure your tooth brush is in good condition, change it every 2-3 months or whenever it looks splayed.
3. Use a soft or medium toothbrush of good quality.
4. Floss once a day or at the least, 3 times a week. Smell the floss, an odour means plaque. That will make you do it more often!
5. Gums bleed in response to plaque; if your gums bleed, there is plaque present that needs to be removed.
6. Use a disclosing tablet every few months to test your brushing effectiveness (if you don’t know what this is, we’ll explain it to you and give you some at your next appointment)

Some Dental FACTS

• Dental disease is the biggest disease epidemic worldwide
• Over 80% of Irish people have gum disease
• Full dentures have 15% – 20% of the chewing function of natural teeth
• Less than half of Irish adults have yearly dental check ups
• One in four people suffer from chronic bad breath
• The main cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene (63%)
• Dental phobia causes 75% of the population to suffer tooth ache rather than see a dentist
• 65% of all soft drink sales are made by children under 15
• Irish children eat 4 times as much sweets and drink 3 times as much soft drinks as Canadian or Norwegian children.
• Full dentures were a common wedding present in Ireland in the last century!