Uh Oh ! Here comes Halloween

Where am I to start? Well, for most of you out there who don’t know me, I’m Padma, a dentist from India and the Practice Manager in Dublin 18 Dental Rooms. I am a mother of one brilliant and hyperactive boy, a full time job by itself, keeping him occupied and entertained. I can hear all you mums out there saying, “We know how you feel!”
I wanted to write a blog about our kids and dental health. Wait!! ..Don’t close the page yet!! It won’t be too scientific. When I was thinking of writing something, the topic that first came to mind was “Sugar Taxes for 2018”. Topics like this are always controversial, debatable and sensitive. So let’s leave the tax aside and just talk about sugars.

As you know sugar and tooth decay go hand in hand. As a mother, we always care for our children. We care for their health, wellbeing and future. We teach them what is good or bad. We show them a path and we guide them. At the same time we are notorious for pampering them and spoiling them. It’s easy to allow too many sugars when they ask, because we can’t see those cute little faces becoming dull and upset, but we should try to change and control the type of food that we and our family eat!! So let’s learn more about it.
Sugar is one of the most important dietary issues that we should keep an eye on. Sugar has been in the media spotlight quite a bit in recent times because of the growing obesity epidemic. I won’t try to echo that message here. What I want to highlight is the significance to the health of our teeth. Tooth decay is caused when you mix sugar and plaque bacteria. All sugars ….. (Sucrose in sweets …. Fructose in fruit …. Lactose in milk ….. Maltose in starch…) Can be a problem. So what can we do???

Firstly ….. Know that not all sugars are created equal! But more on that later.

As far as teeth are concerned, it’s not that important what quantity of sugar that our kids eat, it is all about the frequency of intake. Reducing sugar in the cereal from 2 spoonful’s to one spoonful will not help. Restricting little John to a ½ glass of a fizzy drink instead of the usual full glass will not help. Having the willpower to stop after 1 or 2 squares of dairy milk chocolate will not help!
You see, ANY small amount of sugar absorbed by the plaque bacteria will mean that there will be acid production in the mouth. Eventually, after up to an hour, your saliva will neutralize the acids and prevent further damage. A similar amount of damage is caused by eating a whole bar of chocolate as by eating just one square. The worst mistake is to spread out the treats over time!

As we know, sugars are notoriously addictive. Once you have them, then your blood sugar peaks followed by a rebound “sugar low.” So you start to crave for more. It becomes an obsession. It’s becomes a vicious cycle. We therefore tend to favour frequent snacks. As far as teeth are concerned, it’s actually better to Binge and be done with it in one go!
Well, now I am going to give you my Secret to Success for our families.

The Shopping Basket!!
Yes, you read that right… Try to fill the shopping basket with foods which do not have added sugars. Such high glycaemic index foods cause spikes and troughs in blood sugar levels. Read the labels… there are lots of foods with hidden sugar! I know it is easier said than done. There will be protests! But if it’s in the house, it will be found! Stick to your guns and believe it or not, hunger will gradually bring a change in dietary habits. It may take a couple of weeks of enduring complaints but it will pay off. It is true that all of the foods that are classified as “carbohydrates” have some form of sugar and as such can contribute to decay but the right kinds of carbohydrates release their sugars more gradually and thus do not cause such blood sugar peaks and troughs and resulting cravings! Therefore there will be less tendency to snack and graze throughout the day and ultimately less decay!!!
Bright healthy smiles for all the family! Yippee!

Now, I know that it is almost impossible to prevent our kids from having sweets. Neither do we want to be the home that our children’s friends do not want to visit because it’s a no treat home! But we must still restrict easy access to those sugars. Maybe have just one day a week as a Treat Day! Or better still, bring the children out to the shop for a treat. Just try not to have treats in the house. It’s too easy to give in to the demands. Anything for an easier life!!! But it’s only easier in the short term.

What about brushing?
Well yes, it can help. The less plaque, the less acid. But no one manages to get an A+ for brushing every day! Restricting sugar exposure is far more beneficial.
What about chewing gum?
Yes! Sugar free gum stimulates more saliva. And it’s the saliva that can neutralize the acid so the damage can be reduced. But the chewing gum is only beneficial immediately after eating sugars especially during that initial 20 minutes.

Halloween is fast approaching and our homes are going to be loaded with those processed sugars. It’s not realistic to expect abstinence! Just keep in mind that it is the frequency that matters. Let them enjoy it but do not allow them to graze on sweets for several days. The excessive abundance needs to be controlled. Stick to your one treat day each week.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Other parents will admire the lead and the example you set. We need to change our attitudes to the high sugar diets of modern life. Healthy bodies and healthy smiles depend on it.

Good food. Better health. Best life. Or in the dental world we say it as… “Less sugar… better teeth… best smile”
If in doubt, you know where we are. Happy Halloween!

Padma Shunmuganathan

Nothing to fear but fear itself – Advice for nervous patients

As a dental nurse, part of my everyday life is to help people who are nervous. Unfortunately, like death and taxes, dental work is certain in our everyday lives. For some people, the thought of walking into a dental practice would be as unthinkable as building a rocket to the moon. Pain however, will get the best of all of us, and we often see weary faces enter the clinic doors, patients suffering some pain or discomfort.

Faced with the task of removing that discomfort, I have had to learn to think outside the box in many situations. A smiling face and scented candle can only take you so far. So low and behold, please find below the best advice I can offer to those of you who lie awake for days if not weeks dreading coming to see me and experience my cheery disposition.

Number one, don’t think about it.

This sounds easier said than done, but, if most people could train their minds to not think about the dentist as much as they can train their minds to ignore the reoccurring tooth pain they have had on and off for several years, you will find anything is possible when you really try.

When we focus our attention on all of the negative aspects of coming to the dentist, the noisy drills, the clinical smell, the numb lip, it can strike fear in hearts of the bravest of people.

Therefore, the most simple and straightforward advice I can give you is to simply not think about it.

Do not analyse it. Do not talk to everyone you know about your upcoming appointment this Tuesday at 1:15. Do not think of the million treatments you will have to get done and how you are sure as soon as you sit in the dental chair all of your teeth will magically begin to fall out. Schedule the appointment and forget about it. Simple.

Number two, don’t forget to breathe. People look at me strangely when I say this to them, but you will be surprised just how many people manage to hold their breath as soon as they enter the clinic until they leave. So much so, they could give an olympic swimmer a run for their money.

When we are faced with a scary situation, our body’s reaction is to release adrenaline in preparation for a life threatening event. In previous times, this is what allowed us to kill woolly mammoths and survive. Dentists however aren’t going to murder you, even if you are convinced they are secretly plotting to do so.

This adrenaline, races through our bodies, it makes us become tense, on high alert, listening to every small noise. It also makes us forget to breathe, and therefore the panic lasts longer becoming a vicious circle.

If we try to relax (even if it feels against our best judgement) and take some deep breaths, the effects of the adrenaline will begin to wear away. This in turn, believe it or not will allow the body – muscles, joints, nervous system to relax.

From experience, I understand asking you to participate in an impromtu yoga class while sitting in a waiting room doesn’t sound extremely appealing, but I can promise you that when your body is more relaxed the injections are easier.

People who love coming to the dentist ( they are a rare species) will back me up on this, they take them in their stride.

Number three, eat breakfast always.

As one of my favourite writers, Laura Jane Williams says; you would never send a child into school without a good nights sleep and a decent breakfast to get them through their day, so why would you treat yourself any different?

As adults, we become so occupied with how busy we are, that we forget to be kind to ourselves. If you have been dreading the dentist for several weeks and arrive to the practice tired, stressed and a bundle of nerves I can assure you the experience will seem one hundred times worse on an empty stomach.

Therefore, I cannot recommend highly enough to eat something before leaving your house, it can be ice-cream if it makes you happy, but I will promise you, fainting in the dental chair due to low blood sugar is not something you want to add to your list of to-dos nor mine. The other patients will not thank you for the delay in their busy schedules.

Number four, if all else fails, ask about sedation.

Sedation is the magical wand that can wipe away the most dental phobic of all dental phobias.

No, you are not “knocked out” as people would usually request, but you are very very sleepy.

The majority of the time you will not remember anything after drinking the sedation, but you will wake up happy knowing the dreaded dental visit has come and gone while you were blissfully sleeping, kind of like an adult version of Santa Claus.

The downside to this is you cannot be trusted for the rest of the day. You must have an chaperone to bring you home, tuck you in and make you dinner. No emails, no cooking, no school run and no, no excuses or exceptions. That’s the trade, abide by the rules. But for the most terrified of humans it is the saving grace of their oral health and also makes us dental people’s lives that tiny bit easier.

We don’t enjoy going home at the end of the day feeling like we have worried or upset people.

We are human too. So, if numbers one, two and three have all failed ask your dentist or nurse about number four. If they don’t offer sedation, ask them to refer you to someone who does.

Make your life easy, it is worth it, I promise.

Chelsey Mates

Taking care of your dental implants in Dublin for a happy smile for life

Dental implants in Dublin are designed to be a long-term solution to tooth loss, and at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms we have carried out many successful smile restorations with the help of these clever little artificial tooth roots. Whether you have lost one tooth, some teeth, or even all of your natural teeth, our Dublin clinic can help.

dental-implants-in-dublinHow dental implants in Dublin work

All teeth comprise roots and crowns, and dental implants are designed to replace the roots. They are small titanium screws or posts that are placed in your jaw bone during a small surgical procedure, here at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms.

We appreciate that words such as “surgical” can be daunting, scary even. We also understand that being a nervous or phobic dental patient can often play a major contributory role to tooth loss – when the fear and anxiety of visiting the dentist prevent you from going for routine check-ups until it is too late.

That’s why we offer treatment under conscious sedation at our Dublin clinic. This means you won’t be asleep, so will be able to cooperate with your dentist, but you will be very relaxed, peaceful, and free from anxiety – and, most importantly of all, won’t experience any pain. We also offer the treatment under local anaesthetic, and most people report that it is much more bearable than having a tooth taken out.

Once your dental implants are in place, they will start to integrate with the jaw bone. Some people are suitable for having immediate temporary teeth placed, whilst for others it is best to leave the implant site to heal for a few months – your dentist will discuss the best option for you.

How to care for dental implants and new teeth

Your Dublin dentist will give you aftercare instructions in the immediate aftermath of implant surgery. This will include avoiding propping the implant site, and using any mouth was or salt water as recommended.

Once your dental implants have healed and your new teeth are in place, the key to looking after them is good oral hygiene, including regular check-ups at our Dublin clinic.

Get your smile back!

You may not be as proud of your smile as you could be. Do you have wonky, crooked or protruding teeth? Maybe you have an overbite, or an underbite. Any of these issues can lead to lower self-confidence. Wouldn’t it be nice to grin happily without worrying about your teeth?

Great news – here atDublin18Dental, we are able to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.  We provide top class braces in Dublin, in a comfortable, convenient and affordable way.

braces-in-dublinFixed braces

If you are looking for a brace, look no further. Dublin18Dental braces, Dublin has you covered.One  of our most popular options is a fixed brace.The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make your teeth more appealing and to keep oral hygiene high. This includes enabling you to bite correctly and eat more comfortably.

At Dublin18Dental, our treatment always involves using braces to straighten crooked, or protruding teeth. They also close gaps between teeth, and correct your bite to create perfect alignment. Your braces in Dublin treatment usually takes from 18 months up to 2 years. With a fixed brace, you will also need trips and visits to our orthodontist, Eddie Goggins, every four to six weeks, to ensure your treatment is going well.

Why choose us?

Dublin18Dental,are in the picturesque and quaint village of Cabinteely, Dublin. Our team pride themselves on offering a professional and warming5-star service.

You will experience a unique and soothing journey during your dental visit with us. We will provide you with comfortable and relaxed 1st-class surroundings.

We are proud to have had our practice open for over 17 years. We have a stable and reliable client base, who return to us again and again for their treatment.

Whether you’re sitting in our waiting room, enjoying a hot cup of coffee, while flicking through a magazine, or with one of our experienced and highly trained dentists, your experience with Dublin18Dental will be one you will never forget.

With our prices for braces, Dublin starting at just three thousand Euro, why not give us a call, or e-mail today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Fake or real? It’s hard to tell with dental implants in Dublin

Losing teeth is often a painful experience. Facing a future of wearing traditional dentures can seem equally unpleasant, with concerns over whether they will stay in place, not to mention the discomfort and irritation they may cause. At Dublin18Dental in Dublin, dental implants are here to take away those worries. Dental implants provide a stable and long-lasting alternative that will leave you smiling with confidence again.

dental-implants-dublinWhat are dental implants?

Advances in dentistry from materials to techniques led to the development dental implants – small screws made of lightweight titanium that integrate into the jawbone. Replacement teeth are attached to these dental implants to give you a natural looking and feeling set of new teeth. At Dublin18Dental in Dublin, dental implants prevent the myriad of dental health issues that occur with missing teeth, such as bone degeneration and receding gums.

The perks

A single dental implant can hold multiple teeth, making the task of replacing several teeth or even a complete set of teeth much easier. With the same good care and cleaning you would give your natural teeth, dental implants can last just as long too. You won’t have to worry about them slipping out of place and can confidently eat whatever tough or chewy foods you like. With their stability and natural look, you’ll be hard pushed to spot the difference between your implants and your natural teeth!

Why choose us for your dental implants?

We offer high quality dental implants in Dublin, fitted by our experienced and highly trained dentists. We will put together a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your needs and answer all of your questions and concerns. Dental implants are fitted under local anaesthetic, with sedation available for our particularly anxious patients. After a few months of healing we can then fit your new set of natural looking replacement teeth. We also offer revolutionary All-on-4 technology that can securely replace a whole jaw of teeth with just four dental implants.

Whatever your dental implant needs, we are here to meet them, so please do get in touch to arrange your first consultation. A brighter smile is just around the corner.

The solution for straighter teeth

If you have crowded, misaligned or protruding teeth, have you ever wondered how a straightened smile would feel? There are many modern solutions to this problem that wave goodbye to the unsightly and invasive techniques of days gone by. There are now several options within the world of modern braces in Dublin at Dublin18Dental. There is a range of clear, near-invisible braces that gently guide the teeth into place over several stages. The majority of the braces are also removable, so you are able to take them off to brush and floss as normal.

braces-dublinWhy Dublin18Dental?

Here at Dublin18Dental, we are a little bit different. Located in the beautiful village of Cabinteely in Dublin, we combine the reliability and trustworthiness of tradition, with the skill and precision of modern technology to give you the best possible quality of dental care, including braces in Dublin.

For 17 years now, we have been providing top quality dentistry using cutting edge equipment and accomplished techniques, whilst ensuring the environment we provide it in is designed with the comfort and relaxation of our patients in mind.

Our dental professionals are highly trained, and relentlessly pursue post-graduate level qualifications in order to keep themselves at the forefront of their field.

Still unsure?

If you are a nervous patient, you’re not alone. Many people have a fear of the dentist, or have had a bad experience in the past. The Oral Health Foundation in 2016 found that 48% of people are unhappy with their teeth. At Dublin18Dental, you can be assured that you are in safe and experienced hands, with an experience designed to be as comfortable and relaxing as possible. If this is not enough, worry not.  We have the facilities to provide intravenous sedation, by our professional anaesthetist, with full associated medical care.

Contact us today

If you would like to look further into braces in Dublin, contact the friendly, informative staff at Dublin18Dental and book yourself an initial consultation to see what we can do for you. You are just one step away from achieving the straight smile you have always dreamed of.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is made of a titanium metal screw, which is inserted in place of the root to fix the artificial tooth to the gum. Dental implants in Dublin are becoming a popular choice for anyone who has had the misfortune of losing a tooth. The benefit of using titanium as a material, is that it is strong yet lightweight, and has been proven that this is accepted well by the body. This allows for the bone to continue to regenerate and form around the implant, as if it were your root. This has revolutionised dentistry in the last few decades and made dental implants an increasing choice. In addition, bridges and crowns can be added to the implants, which allow for your natural smile to shine.

dental-implants-in-dublinIf many, or all, of your teeth have been lost, do not feel hopeless as we can offer you solutions. Dentures have always been the original option, with a temporary set of false teeth that can be inserted, and taken out with ease. We offer both denture fitting and dental implants in Dublin. A major benefit of dental implants is the permanence; the implant will fit into your gum and encourage your tissue to grow around the tooth. It will also allow you to continue to eat a full range of foods.

Why should I choose Dublin18dental?

We can offer you a warm and friendly customer service at our surgery here in Dublin. Dental implants, dentures, crowns, teeth whitening and much more are some of the treatments we are here to help you with. We also understand, that dental work can be a lot of money for the average person, since there are many other bills that needs paying. We have options to assist you. If you know that you need treatment, but are concerned about ‘saving’ up first, then do not worry. A treatment plan could be one option to allow you to get the work you need now. We offer interest free credit, which will allow you to get your process started now, and continue to pay in more manageable instalments.

Advantages of dental implants

Wouldn’t it be great if we could turn back the clock and give you a mouth full of beautiful teeth? With dental implants this is possible! If you suffer from poor oral health, or missing or broken teeth then contact Dublin18 Dental to see how dental implants can help you.

dental-implants-dublinDental implants in Dublin are becoming increasingly popular as they allow patients to chew, speak, and smile like they used to. They are basically a replacement for the root of the tooth. They have several advantages including the obvious confidence boost you get from having a beautiful set of gnashers!

The advantages of dental implants:

  • Improved appearance. The best thing about dental implants is that they look and feel like your own teeth, nobody will be able to tell the difference. Dental implants become permanent over time because the way they are designed means they are able to fuse with the bone in your jaw.
  • Improved speech. You will experience a reduced lisp and significant improvement of other speech problems thanks to your new dental implants. Dublin is home to Dublin18Dental where we have dentists who are skilled in this area and will be able to advise you on the best course of action.With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • More comfort. Because the dental implants essentially become part of you, the pain or discomfort from removable dentures is eradicated.
  • Easier eating. When you have dentures chewing can become some what difficult. Dental implants function just like your own teeth, and they allow you to eat with confidence and without discomfort.
  • Improved self-esteem. Knowing you have a lovely smile can do wonders for your confidence, and make you feel at your best.

Over the last thirty years, dental implants in Dublin have soared in popularity as people seek professional help with their smile. Made from titanium, the implants are strong and durable, lightweight, and bio compatible. The dentist will also ensure that they match the natural colour of your teeth so that they blend in as much as possible.

Braces in Dublin – improving your smile at any age

Many people have a certain idea when they think about braces – maybe you think they are only for young people, that they are unsightly and spoil the look of your teeth or that they are difficult to care for or painful.

Here at Dublin18 Dental we can change your perception of braces in Dublin and encourage you to take the leap to permanently improve the appearance and feel of your teeth whilst looking and feeling good during the process.

braces-in-dublinBraces have come such a long way. Treatment times are shorter and the whole process is more comfortable. The end result has cosmetic benefits and can also improve the health of your teeth.

What is the process?

First we will do a consultation to assess whether braces are the best solution for you at our practice based in Dublin. Braces can be used to straighten teeth or close gaps and we need to check the position and condition of your teeth to be sure we tailor the treatment to each individual.

Your braces can be fitted in a single appointment and, after that, you will need to take good care of them and pay special attention to your oral hygiene as they will require extra care on top of your normal routine.

You will then have regular appointments and support to keep the process on track and ensure that the braces are doing their job. We do our best to minimize discomfort and will offer guidance on eating and generally caring for your braces in everyday life. Overall treatment time varies but can be as little as six months.

Dublin18 Dental – putting you first

We know you will have a personal, positive and professional experience when you come to us. Visiting the dentist, especially for longer term work, is an experience that is much easier when you are recognised as an individual and given the treatment you deserve.

At Dublin18 Dental, we put the patient at the centre of our practice so that you feel supported and well informed at every stage. Thousands of clients have come to us for everything from check ups to extensive work and the feedback has been excellent.

Do you feel self-conscious about missing teeth?

A gap in your smile line can make you feel awkward and embarrassed. Missing teeth can also lead to a sunken-cheeked appearance and affect bone growth in the surrounding jaw. They can also make it difficult to chew your food. If you are self-conscious about your missing teeth and would like to find out about treatments for dental implants in Dublin, Dublin 18 Dental Rooms are here to help.

missing-teeth-in-dublinA late Roman dentistry set from Asia Minor

We know what a dental practice looks like now, but can you imagine what it was like centuries ago? In 1980, a set of matching silver dental implements came up for sale at an auction house in London. This set of ten implements, from the New Milton Collection, had their origins in the late Roman period in Asia Minor, in what we would now call Turkey. The set included tools for mixing and grinding pharmaceutical preparations in the form of pestles and stirrers, along with spatulas and tongue depressors. There was a double-edged lancet to take away abscesses and to scarify the teeth and gums. Also included in the set was a curette for cleaning small cavities and a narrow, curved blade for operating on the mouth. A probe with a two-pronged head may have been utilised for holding the teeth during insertion of fixed prostheses, or wire to secure loose teeth. At least two other dentistry sets are known from Roman Asia Minor, including a file or rasp for levelling uneven teeth. Luckily things have moved on a long way since then!

Where should I go for dental implants in Dublin?

At Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, we have built upon the wisdom of the ages to bring you the latest in dental implants. Dublin 18 Dental Rooms offers state-of-the-art, titanium implants which mimic the function of your natural tooth roots. This modern material is safe, lightweight and highly effective in dental applications. The implant is used to secure bridgework, crowns and dentures, giving the patient a confident smile and returning your ability to chew and speak normally. To book an initial consultation appointment, please telephone us or complete the online enquiry form on our website.