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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

Best Customer Care Award 2013 For Dublin18 Dental Care Near Dublin18

At Dublin18 Dental Care we strive for excellence and perfection and we work closely with our patients to deliver the best standards of care and the best possible outcomes. Our hard work and commitment has recently been rewarded with the Best Customer Care Award 2013 and we are delighted!

The Customer Care Award is designed to recognise dental practices, which provide the highest standards of customer service; only 1 per cent of the 100,000 dental clinics listed on meet the high standards required for this award and we are incredibly pleased to have won the award.

Why choose Dublin18 Dental Care?

Dublin18 Dental Care is a modern and forward-thinking practice, but we adopt a very friendly, warm and compassionate approach to dentistry and we want all our clients to feel welcome as soon as they set foot through our door. We understand that going to the dentist is a daunting experience for many of our patients and this is why we go the extra mile to make them feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

Our aim is always to produce the best results and ensure that every client is happy with the service they receive during their time with us. The Best Customer Care Award is based entirely on patient feedback and this makes the award all the more precious; we cherish our customers and we are delighted that they are happy with the services we provide.

If you would like to find out more about Dublin18 Dental Care near Dublin18, do not hesitate to give us a call! We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and we would like to thank all our clients for their ongoing support and their positive comments.








Anti-Wrinkle Injections Discounted Spring Offer At Dublin18 Dental Care For Patients Near Carrickmines

Spring is coming, the days are longer and temperatures will hopefully start getting a little warmer, so why not put some spring in your step and indulge in anti-ageing treatment at Dublin18 Dental Care?

We provide anti-wrinkle injections, which are both effective and painless and we are offering a spring special discount price of 350 Euros for 3 areas!

About anti-wrinkle injections

Have you noticed lines around your eyes or wrinkles on your forehead? Do you want to look as young as you feel? Well, we may have the perfect solution. Anti-wrinkle injections are a minimally-invasive treatment, which produces results quickly with no need to take time off to recover. Anti-wrinkle injections are ideal for people who want to look younger without committing to invasive or long-term anti-ageing treatment. The results last for around 3 months and then you have the choice whether or not to top up the treatment.

Anti-wrinkle injections are great for people who are preparing for a special occasion, such as a wedding, and want to look their best without going under the knife or spending a huge amount of money.

What does the procedure involve?

Anti-wrinkle injections use purified protein to smooth the skin, reducing the visibility of lines and wrinkles. Treatment only takes around 10-20 minutes and there is no recovery time. The injections are done using very fine needles and they are painless.

Before treatment we will discuss with you where you would like to have the injections; most people target the skin around their eyes, mouth and forehead, as these areas are prone to wrinkles.

If you would like to start the spring with a confidence boost and gorgeous fresh new look, call us today at Dublin18 Dental Care near Carrickmines to find out how our anti-ageing treatments could help you. Our special discount is available this spring; ask staff for details!



Need Gift Ideas? Gift Vouchers At Dublin18 Dental Care Near Stillorgan Have A Full Selection Of Treatments

Christmas is a time for giving, but if you’re running short on time or you have relative or friend who has everything and is impossible to buy for, Dublin18 Dental Care may have the perfect solution. Our gift vouchers are available on a wide range of treatments, giving the recipient flexibility and choice.

We offer a full range of dental services, as well as facial treatments, so you can rest assured that your loved one will be spoiled for choice. We know how hectic it can be trying to dash around the shops and also how hard to can be to try and buy unique, special gifts. Our gift vouchers will make a lovely change to the usual run of the mill festive gifts and the recipient can choose how to spend them.

Some suggestions

At Dublin18 Dental Care near Stillorgan we know how important it is to feel confident and happy when you look in the mirror; if you’re constantly drawn to your flaws or you’re in need of a confidence boost, we have an array of treatments that can help to make you look and feel great.

Tooth whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic dental treatments; it is affordable and always effective, no matter how discoloured your teeth were to begin with. We provide at-home and in-chair professional whitening treatments and we can transform your smile in less than an hour. A gorgeous, white smile is the perfect Christmas gift and the best thing is it will last for years to come.

Fillers and anti-wrinkle injections

Fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are a perfect gift for anyone who is worried that they are starting to display signs of ageing. Fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are designed to smooth the skin, ironing out lines and wrinkles and adding volume to give the complexion a beautiful, natural lift. The procedure is simple and quick and the results last around 6-9 months.





Why Night Guards Are Important For Patients In Leopardstown

When you’re trying to take care of your teeth there are a number of different things you do, such as brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and even taking part in regular dental and hygiene check ups. But what many forget is that while you may be taking care of your teeth while you’re awake, you also need to take care of them while you sleep.

Dublin18 Dental Care near Leopardstown understands the importance of mouth guards to protect your teeth, and while you may think that they are mainly used to protect you whilst playing sport, you can also use them to protect your teeth while you sleep.

Night grinding

The most common need for a night guard is bruxism, which is the grinding or clenching of the teeth whilst you sleep. This can have a severe and damaging effect on your teeth and your jaw joint, as grinding your teeth whilst sleeping can wear the teeth through the enamel and into the dentin of your teeth and can loosen your teeth by destroying the bone supporting them. By wearing a night guard this problem can be dealt with as it distributes the bite forces evenly within your mouth, and acts as a barrier between any trauma that may be caused between the teeth and jawbones.

Night Guards

Dental night guards can also help those who suffer from snoring or mild sleep apnea, as the mouth guard can pull the lower jaw forward slightly which will open your airways and reduce the volume and frequency of the snoring. Many people who have used mouth guards have reported that other issues such as headaches and facial pains have also been reduced due to their use.

Night guards are also available in an array of forms such as soft night guards, hard/soft night guards and hard night guards. Contact the practice at Dublin18 Dental Care for more help and advice on night guards.