Are you a nervous patient?

Have you ever ignored a toothache just because the idea of walking into a dentist surgery make you freeze with fear? Are you a nervous patient? Don’t worry! You’re definitely not the only one.

For many people, the idea of having to go to the dentist can trigger loads of unpleasant feelings, such as anxiety, fear, panic and embarrassment. Even simple routine treatments can cause feelings of absolute dread. Many people haven’t had a bad experience at the dentist, but the fear has been passed down from a family member. This can lead to generation after generation growing up with dental phobia.


At D4Dentist we cater for nervous patients. It means that we take special care and time to make sure you are comfortable with your dental treatment. “Dental anxiety is not to be taken lightly. We exercise patience and understanding; we will teach you the techniques you need to overcome your dental anxiety so that all future dental treatment can be stress-free”, explains Dr. Rozelle Owens.

“We understand some people are nervous and uncomfortable. We can also offer mild sedation for people who just need a little help to overcome their fears. However, we find that in nearly every case, sedation is not needed”, she adds.

Most fear is born out of the unknown: you do not know what is going to happen and are afraid of being hurt. We spend plenty of time explaining all of our treatments so patients always know what is going on.

Get to know our 4 steps to treat every patient – nervous or not – at D4 Dentist 

We hear and we talk – We want to know your previous experiences and what made you afraid of dentist. Then, your treatment will be prepared and we will explain it to you in detail. We want you to be aware of every step in advance and we will make sure that you are comfortable with your options.

We breathe – We can perform a calming breathing exercise to relax you that will balance your anxiety and stress.

We work together – When a new patient starts a treatment, we feel that we are a team and we work together to achieve one goal: a healthy smile.

We can block out the unpleasant dental noises – At D4Dentist, we offer our patients Bose Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones with Spotify.

Bose Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

In other words, our patients can listen to their favourite music instead of all the not so nice dental sounds. Our patients just love it!  Our aim is to bring you to a point where you enjoy your appointments!

Nervous patient – Tips to overcome your fear of dentist:

Book your appointment for the next day – The less you have to wait, the less anxious you will be. Click here and book online NOW!

Ask questions – Never leave room for doubt. If you didn’t understand how you treatment will be conducted ask for a detailed explanation. Being aware of what will be done will boost your confidence.

Don’t hide your condition – It’s okay to be afraid of the dentist, you’re not the first and definitely won’t be the last. Let your dentist know about your concerns so he/she will be able to adapt the treatment to your needs.

You’re not alone – Bring a friend or family member if you want a bit more support from a familiar face.

Everyone can overcome their fears and finish their treatment with success. This is a great achievement for them and for us. 🙂

If you could relate to something in this article, don’t hesitate: book an appointment and we can discuss the best treatment for you.


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.

Teeth Whitening – Even if your teeth are healthy, they can lose their bright white structure if you are used to drinking coffee and tea every day. Also, our teeth naturally darken with age. And let’s face it; no one wants to look older! Teeth also darken for other reasons, many of which can be treated effectively with Dental Whitening Treatments.

Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to help combat the signs of ageing and treat discolouration.  It is the most widely sought cosmetic dental treatment. It is safe, effective and affordable. By whitening the teeth using a gradual process we can achieve a brilliant painless result. We offer affordable tooth whitening, perfect for a special occasion or just to brighten your smile.

All of our tooth whitening treatments are carried out by a registered dental practitioner under the guidelines of the dental council of Ireland.

 Dental veneers – Veneers are a cover over the natural tooth, they are an excellent method of improving the smile profile. A very thin shell of porcelain which looks extremely natural is placed over the front of the tooth. Veneers are a great way to cover up previously discoloured and unsightly teeth giving you the smile you always wanted.

 Teeth bonding – Chipped, fractured or discoloured teeth also make your mouth look less youthful. This technique follows the principles of minimally invasive dentistry and is the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin to repair the appearance of the teeth.

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Some smile Enemies

Gum Disease – Keeping your gums healthy is really important! Gum disease is linked to many systemic issues such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia and erectile dysfunction, for example. “Healthy gums should be firm and pale pink, they should not bleed when you brush or floss. The good news is gum disease is completely reversible, however when gum disease becomes advanced the bone supporting the teeth can become affected which in turn can cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out”, says Rozelle Owens. “That’s why prevention is key. Regular hygiene visits and a good home oral hygiene regime are paramount to good oral dental health”.

Another issue that can affect your self-esteem is bad breath; 65% of bad breath is caused by gum disease.

Smoking – Beyond being responsible for darkening your teeth, smoking is hugely linked to periodontal disease (advanced gum disease), which leads to tooth loss, another reason to stop if you are still smoking.

Wine, soft drinks and acidic juices – Are you one who prefer soda for the “taste” and doesn’t like drinking plain water? Or consume daily industrialised orange juice? All fizzy drinks and juices are very acidic and will wash away the enamel.


We want to draw your attention to the moderate consumption of these products since these substances are easily accessible on a daily basis and can damage the teeth. “Occasionally, eating a food or drinking an acidic beverage is okay, but if taken frequently they can do a lot of damage to your teeth, drinking water is best”, finishes Dr. Owens.

We want you to enjoy your life happy and healthy!  :) Visit us at D4Dentist to ensure the best for your oral health!


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!

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Sometimes the wisdom teeth come up at the wrong angle causing them to become Impacted. This means that the tooth is not in the right position and is unable to erupt fully. When they are impacted, they cannot come up normally and the gum may never reveal the tooth. This means repeated bouts of pericoronitis may occur.

Treatment of pericoronitis – The reaction of patients affected by pericoronitis is to avoid touching the site during brushing, either to avoid pain or because of the fear of worsening the situation. “In fact, the treatment is precisely the opposite. It is necessary to intensify the cleaning of the area, in order to remove food particles and plaque bacteria that have accumulated below the gum. Patients also need to use salty water mouthwash and perform at least four rinses throughout the day for about 10 minutes” adds Owens. To make a salty mouthwash: put one to two teaspoons of salt in a cup of warm water.

In more severe cases, antibiotics may be necessary. If the tooth is impacted, usually surgical removal is indicated and can be performed under local anaesthetic by a specialist oral surgeon. Sometimes more than one or all four wisdom teeth can be taken out at the same time under general anaesthetic.

Pericoronitis go away on its own? Untreated pericoronitis can be very painful and in severe cases dangerous as the area is very close to the airway in the neck. Swelling in this area could cause difficulty breathing. If you have pain associated with wisdom teeth try salty mouthwashes and cleaning the area thoroughly. If the pain persists you need to visit your dentist. Even if the pain does go away and the infection heals, its best to get it checked in case the teeth are impacted.

Pericoronitis – How long does it last? Untreated, it can last weeks and progress to a dangerous level quite quickly. When treated it will clear up quickly being completely healed in a few days.

If you think you have pericoronitis, don’t worry: it’s very treatable. Try our tips and see your dentist. 😀


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 worsening 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.

According to dentists, pregnant women must be advised about the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day and on reducing the consumption of sweets. In some cases, the taste of toothpastes can cause nausea, leading pregnant women to neglect oral care during pregnancy. A solution could be using different flavoured toothpaste or just brushing with water; this is better than not brushing at all. Using interdental brushes or dental floss is also very important.

Dr Rozelle Owens recommends that if you are thinking about getting pregnant or are already expecting it’s a good idea to have your oral health assessment and scale and polish at least twice during the pregnancy, since the latest research has discovered links between gum disease and low birth weight and premature birth.

It’s not just women that need to get assessed –  Gum disease has been linked to low fertility in men; a man is 8 times more likely to have erectile dysfunction if he has gum disease.

Vomiting – Common in the first quarter, vomiting makes your mouth more acidic, which can harm tooth enamel. Dr. Owens points out that after vomiting, it is best to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash. Do not brush your teeth after vomiting for at least 30 minutes. The acid makes the enamel soft so brushing straight after can also damage your teeth.

Routine dental treatment such as fillings are perfectly safe during normal pregnancy. It is more dangerous to be in pain as this causes stress to the mother and therefore the baby. In Ireland we do not give dental x-rays to pregnant women, but if you need a root canal filling, don’t worry: the 1st part can be done safely which will make you pain free. The treatment can be finished once your baby is born.

If you’re pregnant it’s best to give your dentist a visit as these problems are very manageable when addressed early.

We want you to enjoy your pregnancy happy and healthy!  🙂 Visit us at D4Dentist to ensure the best for your oral health!


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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! 🙂


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.