7 reasons why you should avoid oral piercings

7 reasons to avoid oral piercings

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. We know, piercing is a hot fashion trend, but before piercing somewhere inside the mouth, we recommend talking to your dentist and ask:

What are the risks of oral piercings?

You may not know the side effects of oral piercings and must be aware of the risks, which are much more than just malocclusion. These include (but are not limited to):

  1. Infections: Our mouths contain millions of bacteria that can grow most rapidly, causing infections after the placement of an oral piercing. Plus, because of the amount of bacteria, your breath may not be as fresh anymore. Eew!
  2. Pain and swelling: These are common symptoms of oral piercings. In more severe cases, a swollen tongue can actually close off the airway and restrict breathing, causing fear and panic and even death!
  3. Long term damage to teeth: Contact with jewellery can fracture teeth and may cause tooth loss. Teeth with fillings and crowns can also be damaged by metal parts.
  4. Interference: Beyond increased saliva production, the jewellery get in the way when you speak and can cause chewing problems, interfering with healthy eating.
  5. Injury to the oral mucosa: The metal parts may not only hurt the gum tissue, which is quite delicate, but they can also cause gum recessions. In addition to looking very unattractive, it can make your teeth more vulnerable to decay and/or periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss.
  6. The Tongue has an excellent blood supply, which is directly connected with the heart. Tongue Piercings lead to risk of:
  • Prolonged bleeding: If an artery or vein is punctured by the needle during the piercing placement procedure, it can cause bleeding difficult to be controlled, with excessive blood loss.
  • Endocarditis: Tongue piercings can cause endocarditis, an infection of the heart valves or tissues. The wound caused by piercing can be an open gateway for bacteria to enter into your bloodstream from the mouth and reach the heart.

reasons to avoid oral piercing

If you can’t beat them, join them

So if the patient insists on the use of oral piercing, there are a few guidelines to try to avoid problems:

The perfect hygiene: after each meal, brush your teeth and give greater attention to the area where the piercing was placed. Remove the ornament, brush your teeth, floss, sanitize the tongue and inner cheeks with a brush and then brush the piercing as a dental prosthesis before putting it in place.

Leave the piercing “alone”: don’t play with it between your teeth, twist or touch the piercing with your hands, as these types of habits increase the risk of trauma and infection to the mucosa.

Be very careful during chewing: make sure you are not biting the piercing, which can cause fractures in the teeth or bleeding.

With respect to our readers, we decided not to display images of infected oral piercings in this article. Click here to see some pictures: https://goo.gl/QuNJTe


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.

Soft bristles – The texture and quality of the bristles is important to prevent damage to the gums and teeth. The brushes of medium and hard bristles generate the wear of a tooth’s surface and cause the appearance of gum recessions. There are patients with good oral hygiene, but with some injuries caused by choosing the wrong toothbrush, so it is important that the brush has soft, rounded and polishes bristles.

Size matters – The size and shape of the toothbrush head are also very important. Toothbrushes with a big head generally block the cleaning at the back of the mouth, mainly behind the last tooth. Choose a toothbrush with a smallish head.

Durability – The bristles tend to deform with use. At the first sign of deformation, replace your toothbrush. The average time of deformation is around three months, but in some cases after only one month the brush is fully deformed and must be replaced. If it’s deforming quickly, this can also be a sign you’re brushing too hard. Read our tooth brushing guide for tips.

how to choose the ideal toothbrush

What about electric toothbrushes? “This option is recommended for patients with reduced manual dexterity. In these cases the electric toothbrush is indicated and works very well”, explains Dr. Rozelle Owens. For people without motivation, who do not like brushing their teeth, an electric toothbrush can be an attractive tool, but it is not true that the electric toothbrush efficiency surpasses the conventional brush for people with normal motor skills. The same applies to the use of electric toothbrushes for children. “They need to develop the ability to brush their teeth manually, without the interference of the electric toothbrush, it’s an important skill to master”, declare Owens.

At D4Dentist, we recommend Curaprox toothbrush. They have 36 different colour combinations and are considered the best toothbrush by the vast majority of the scientific community, clinical dentists and users. The brushes are effective due to their large amount of bristles (over five thousand); they are atraumatic by the presence of the ultra-soft bristles and they are highly accepted for not damaging the gums and do not cause abrasion of tooth enamel in the long term.

The most important advice is to use a toothbrush that fits well in your mouth and it reaches all teeth. Moreover, remember: a good brushing does not dispense the flossing!

Visit us at D4Dentist to ensure the best for your oral health!


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:

Brush, don’t rush – Most people brush their teeth just because they know the importance of this habit, but don’t dedicate enough timeto this task. What they don’t know is that lazy brushing can be as damaging as the lack of it. “To remove plaque, prevent tartar formation and the appearance of cavities, we need to floss properly and brush all our teeth with equal attention – including the tongue. The ideal brushing should last about four minutes.” says Dr. Rozelle Owens.

Brushing Too Hard – Some people have the habit of brushing teeth so hard that it hurts their gums. This is neither necessary nor recommended as this may damage the enamel of the teeth and cause gum recession, an issue where the gums are compressed toward the root of the tooth and expose the root dentin. What really matters is the correct brushing procedure and to use a good brush. At D4 Dentist, we recommend angling the toothbrush towards the gum margin at 45 degrees. In this position, the bristles clean the gum and the tooth. The movements must be a small stroke, a bit more than a vibration, with firm pressure. Do not be aggressive as this can damage tooth and gum.

don't put too much toothpaste

Toothpaste Lovers – We know, we know. The tingling sensation is refreshing and really good, but a lot of toothpaste and foam doesn’t mean that you have done a good work. What really cleans the teeth is a good brushing. The ideal amount of toothpaste is the size of a pea and nothing more than that, otherwise, you might even harm your oral hygiene.

Mouthwash every time – Mouthwashes are important in helping to prevent oral diseases. However, the frequency should be moderate, at most once a day, or even once every two days. In addition, mouthwashes with alcohol are not advised. Mouthwash is not an alternative to brushing; plaque is a sticky substance that will not be removed by rinsing.

Brushing your teeth as soon as you finish eating – It’s better to wait at least 30 minutes after the end of the meal to brush your teeth. The reason? After eating your mouth is acidic and this acid makes your teeth softer. Saliva is amazing stuff though! It neutralizes the plaque acid and re-mineralises your teeth making them strong again. If you brush directly after eating when your mouth is acidic and your teeth are softened, you can damage them. It’s best to wait until saliva has done its job and then brush.

Old habits die hard. Are you ready to avoid these mistakes you do while brushing your teeth and start a new way of toothbrushing? 🙂


What can I eat when wearing braces?

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.

Foods to avoid

Anything that is hard or sticky is best avoided or eaten with care. They can either get stuck in the brackets, damage them or cause discomfort. Here’s a list of foods to avoid

  1. Popcorn
  2. Nuts
  3. Hard taco shells
  4. Sticky and hard candy
  5. Chewing gum
  6. Ice
  7. Pretzels
  8. Hard cookies or crackers
  9. Sticky or hard chocolate

Take care when eating

These are foods that you can eat but with care. Cut them into smaller bite size portions. Avoid biting into foods with your front teeth.

  1. Raw vegetables
  2. Croutons
  3. French / Italian bread
  4. Fruit
  5. Hard rolls
  6. Thin crust pizza
  7. Meat that is in big chunks (eg steak)
  8. Burgers
  9. Sub sandwiches
  10. Corn on the cob

Foods to avoid when wearing clear braces

When wearing clear braces the bands can pick up pigment from certain foods and drink, making them look a bit stained. The bands will be changed regularly so it’s not the end of the world but here’s some tips to avoid staining.

  1. Tomato based dishes, e.g. tomato soup, spaghetti bolognaise, etc.
  2. Red wine
  3. Tea / coffee
  4. Curry
  5. Dark oily sauces like spicy chicken wings
  6. Beetroot

Maintaining a healthy diet is very important. Soft food and cutting it up into bite size pieces can allow you to eat safely.

Examples of Foods that you can eat safely:

  1. Hulless popcorn
  2. Bananas
  3. Yogurt
  4. Light crackers or cookies
  5. Cheese
  6. Mashed potato
  7. Melons
  8. Grapes
  9. Peanut butter
  10. Noodle dishes such as macaroni
  11. Dahl
  12. Cooked vegetables
  13. Spaghetti bolognaise or other mince dishes.






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!


Finding the right dentist in Dublin

Have you been to the dentist recently? It’s vital to ensure that you make regular trips to a dentist in order to keep your teeth in the best shape possible. Although we’ve all been guilty of leaving it a little too long between visits, this lax attitude towards dental care can and does have serious implications on our oral health both in the short- and long-term. Read more


Smile make over

We want you to have beautiful teeth that make you want to smile.
Ways we can help you have the smile you want.Stained, discoloured or broken fillings can easily be replaced or repaired by natural tooth coloured fillings.Silver or black fillings can be replaced with tooth coloured fillings, inlays or onlays giving you a confident looking and feeling smile.Sensitive teeth: There are many reasons teeth can be sensitive to hot or cold, we will find out the reason why yours are, provide the correct solution so you can enjoy your food and drink whatever it is.Crowded, Sticky out, gappy or out of line teeth: Crooked teeth can be straightened for both adults and children. Modern orthodontic treatment involves braces that are almost invisible as well as being able to provide
the conventional metal braces. You can smile with confidence.

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Foods your teeth will love and hate

Adequate nutrition is important for the proper health of the body but did you know that food also affects your oral health. What you eat could hasten or delay tooth decay, cavity and gum diseases. In fact the first sign of poor nutrition often shows up in your oral health. The initial point of contact of anything we eat is our teeth. For this reason they are especially vulnerable and therefore the need to take care of them. Below are a list of good oral healthy foods and foods you should avoid for the benefit of your dental health.

Foods to eat

Calcium rich foods: they include dairy products, fortified juices, natural yogurts and cheese. The calcium will help strengthen the teeth enamel and as well the jaw bone. It also helps reduce the risk of tooth loss through weakened teeth. Drinking milk regularly will also help keep your teeth unstained. Read more


Dental crowns, veneers and bridges – what you should know

There are many good types of dental products that are available for use today with crowns, veneers and bridges being among the best choices. These are all rather different from one another in terms of the many features that they come with and are worth comparing no matter what you are trying to take advantage of.


Dental crowns are materials that will go over different teeth. These create natural tooth-like appearances. These are typically used to enhance the appearance of one’s tooth if it is discoloured. Read more