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Common dental related questions

How frequently should I visit a dentist? The majority of the population who have average risk for tooth decay, gum disease and mouth cancer should visit a dentist once a year. However, if you have above average risk you may need to visit a dentist more frequently. The following are examples of factors leading to a higher risk category: If you consume sugars frequently, you may develop too...
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White spots are appearing on my teeth from wearing braces – HELP!

Watch out for those white spots on your teeth when wearing your braces! A common experience for those who are wearing braces is for white spots to develop on the teeth while wearing braces. These spots are usually more visible on front teeth but on closer inspection they can also be observed on back teeth. They are usually chalky white in colour and contrast with the normal creamy white colou...
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Do’s & don’ts after oral surgery

What is Oral Surgery? Oral Surgery is a term used to describe operations performed in your mouth by a dentist or by a specialist dentist called an Oral Surgeon. Very complex mouth head and neck operations are carried out in a hospital by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Most minor oral surgery procedures take place in the confines of a dental practice, but for some, this may occur in a day ...
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The Impacts on your Oral Health while you “Work from Home”.

The WFH (Working from Home) lifestyle has very much taken a hold on many of us here in Ireland for the past 11 months and having such easy access to a fridge and a cupboard full of treats not only affects your waistline, but ‘constant snacking’ can also increase your risk of tooth decay. The general consensus is, the food that we snack on more than likely tends to be high in carbohydrates...
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Sense or Sensitivity?

Sensitive teeth or ‘dentine hypersensitivity’ is one of the most common clinical conditions encountered in dental practice worldwide. It can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life of people if it is not self managed properly or else treated appropriately by a dental professional. What is Dentine hypersensitivity (DH)? It is a short sharp pain from exposed dentine. It o...
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The impact of Oral Health on Athletic Performance

If sports professionals want to win, Oral Health needs to be a top priority for elite and amateur athletes alike. Poor oral hygiene severely impacts athletic performance and training. Whether athletes practice their sport as a hobby or professionally, their oral health is an important element of their general health and impacts their athletic performance. There are many dental dilemmas that can...
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The HPV Vaccine

HPV HPV stands for ‘human papillomavirus, which is a group of more than 100 viruses. Around 40 types of HPV can infect the genital tract of both men and women, and over 75% of people in Ireland don’t understand what HPV is. We’re here to help.. The HPV virus is very common, around 80% of people will be infected with the virus at some stage in their lives. Research shows that almost every sex...
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ORAL CANCER – DO YOU KNOW THE SIGNS?

Over 300 cases of mouth cancer are detected in Ireland each year. About half of all mouth cancers are diagnosed at an early stage. Earlier diagnosis results in easier treatment, better outcomes and a higher quality of life after treatment. A regular checkup with your dentist should include an examination of the entire mouth for early detection of cancerous and precancerous conditions. You shoul...
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BRUSH THE SMART WAY – TECHNIQUES FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD

As a parent, you are the most important role model for your child. Help your child develop proper brushing techniques by setting a good example with your own oral health. Techniques Brush at least twice a day with a pea-size amount of adult fluoride. Use a soft nylon bristle brush with a small compact head. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth and use a gentle scrubbing ...
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DO YOU KNOW THE HIDDEN SUGAR CONTENT IN FOOD?

Good dental health like good general health relies on having healthy eating habits. Our teeth can be affected as much by our diet, as by not brushing our teeth regularly. Modern diets can be high in sugar, fats and salt, impacting both on general and oral health. Eat for your teeth! Adding sugar to our drinks is an obvious source of added sugar. However, a much larger source of added sugar i...
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