Dental check-ups last a few minutes, but they can change your life. This may sound a touch dramatic, but with studies linking oral health to heart health, taking good care of your teeth and gums has never been more important. At Dublin18 Dental Care we firmly support the belief that prevention is better than cure and we encourage our patients to come and see us on a regular basis. We provide dental care for all the family.
What happens during a check-up?
When you come in for a dental check-up, this gives your dentist an opportunity to check how you are, ask about any symptoms or pain and have a good look at your teeth and gums. Your dental records contain detailed information about your oal health and any changes or problems will be added to your notes each time you have a check. Your dentist will look out for potential signs of cavities or gum disease, check your tongue and the other soft tissue in your mouth and ask you if you have experienced any problems since your last visit.
At Dublin18 Dental Care, your health is our priority and we also provide oral cancer checks as part of the standard check-up. Your dentist will look out for abnormalities and signs of oral cancer, such as swellings, red or white patches of tissue and slow-healing ulcers or sores.
Your dentist will also be able to answer any questions you have and talk to you about healthy eating, brushing and oral hygiene at home and preventing gum disease and decay.
How often should I have a check-up?
We recommend six-monthly check-ups for most patients. If you are prone to oral health issues, we may advise more frequent sessions. We encourage parents to bring children for check-ups from a very early age and we are happy to see families together.
At Dublin18 Dental Care near Deansgrange we aim to make sure our patients have healthy, as well as beautiful, smiles and we offer a full range of general dental services to help achieve this goal. We provide treatment for patients of all ages and we encourage all our clients to have a routine check-up every 6 months.
What happens during a check-up?
Check-ups are quick and painless, but they are hugely important. When you for a dental check, your dentist will have a thorough look around your mouth and check the health of your teeth and gums. They will note down any changes that have occurred since your last check and make sure there are no signs of problems, such as gum disease and dental decay. If you have symptoms of gum disease or a cavity, your dentist may arrange an appointment so that you can have further treatment, such as a filling.
After your dental check, your dentist may also have a quick chat with you about oral hygiene or your diet and if you have any questions, they will be happy to answer them.
General dentistry at Dublin18 Dental Care
We offer a full range of general dental treatments to prevent, treat and manage oral health conditions; our treatments include routine dental checks, dental hygiene services, preventative dental treatment, fillings, root canal treatment and tooth extraction.
We love welcoming young patients to the practice and our dentists have many years of experience in caring for children’s teeth. We understand that some children feel scared when they go to the dentist and we do all we can to help them feel relaxed and make their time with us as enjoyable as possible.
We recommend bringing children for regular check-ups from the age of 12 months old; this enables us to keep an eye on the child’s tooth development and oral health, a well as giving them the opportunity to get used to going to the dentist and having dental treatment.
Christmas is over, it’s time to get back to work and plan ahead for 2014. You may be thinking about booking holidays, going to special occasions or applying for a new job or course, but have you though about booking your dental appointments?
We recommend 6 monthly check-ups for all our patients and we also advise visiting a dental hygienist. If you are due a check-up, call the practice today to book your next appointment!
Check-ups are very quick and they aren’t painful, but they are really important. When you come for a check-up, your dentist uses a check-list to look for any changes in your mouth, any signs of gum disease, decay or oral cancer and to check that everything looks ok; they can also answer any questions you have about dental treatment, oral hygiene or giving up smoking.
Good health for 2014
Your health should always be a priority and if you are looking for ways to boost your health in the New Year, here are some simple suggestions:
- exercise more: health experts recommend doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 times per week
- eat well: eating a healthy and balanced diet will help to reduce your risk of a host of illnesses, as well as helping you to look and feel good
- prioritise your oral health; maintain a good daily oral hygiene routine, take good care of your teeth and gums and see your dentist for regular check-ups
- look after yourself; it can be very easy to forget about yourself, especially if you have a very busy schedule and you may find that you are constantly putting others in front; try to make more time for yourself this year
- get more sleep: research shows that many people do not get enough sleep; try to go to bed earlier, de-stress and unwind before bed and relax
We look forward to seeing you for your dental checks this year; to book your next routine check-up, contact our friendly reception team today or pop in and see us near Foxrock! We wish you a happy and healthy 2014!
At Dublin18 Dental Care we believe that good dental health starts with good dental hygiene. That’s why during this month of September we are offering a complimentary hygienist session for all our patients who book a dental check up with Dr Kevin Murphy.
Our 13-point dental health check
During your check up we will assess 13 key areas, to ensure that you are in the very best of dental health.
- We will discuss any personal concerns you have about your teeth and mouth.
- We will look over your medical history and discuss how certain issues may affect your dental health.
- We will carry out an oral cancer screening, checking your lips, cheeks, tongue, glands and skin for any warning signs. Catching oral cancer early can literally save your life.
- We will check the flow of saliva in the mouth.
- We will look over the tongue for illnesses or bad-breath causing coatings.
- We will check for tooth decay.
- We will check for erosion and cracks, which are an indication of wear.
- We will examine any existing fillings, bridges and crowns you have, to ensure that they are still performing at an optimal level.
- We will check how your bite sits in your mouth, as misalignment can cause numerous problems
- We will check the joints of your jaw and its muscles for problems that may be affecting the way you eat and chew.
- We will look over your gums to ensure that you are not suffering from periodontal disease.
- We will look at areas in the mouth that you have been accidentally missing during your oral hygiene routine. We will then provide advice as to the best way to address these areas.
- We may also provide x-ray examination if we feel we need to check between, under or inside your teeth.
Why are dental checks and cleaning sessions so important?
The health of your mouth can affect your whole body, with numerous studies linking dental plaque to heart disease and other problems. Oral cancer is also a worry, not just to your mouth but also to your whole body, but with a dental health check and a hygienist clean you can feel happy in the health of your mouth. Our 13-point health check helps us spot any problems you may have, and with a hygienist cleaning session plaque and bacteria that cause so many problems will be banished. To arrange a dental health check-up with Dr Kevin Murphy contact the team at Dublin18 Dental Care near Deansgrange,
Your teeth are different from the rest of your body, in that they cannot regenerate new material when damaged has occurred. If you break a bone or scrape your knee your body will repair the injury, creating new bone or skin to correct the damage. However, if dental enamel is worn, broken or damaged it will not be able to regrow and will gradually become worse if left untreated.
What can I do to look after my teeth?
Caring for your teeth is incredibly easy and it just requires persistence to prevent the development of any problems. A good dental health routine should occur daily and should include:
Brushing your teeth is the bedrock of your dental health and should take up two minutes of your time in the morning and before you go to bed. Brushing removes the build-up or plaque and debris that lead to dental health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. For the best results brush in small circular motions, using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled brush. Using a soft brush also allows you to gently clean the gums.
Flossing is often forgotten, but it is an essential action to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing removes the plaque and debris trapped between the teeth, which cannot be reached using a toothbrush. Flossing also helps clean the gums, for complete dental health.
Mouthwash is the crowning glory of your dental health routine and rinses any leftover bacteria from the mouth. Mouthwash is also a great idea if you like fresh smiling breath.
Although something you can’t do every day visiting your Dublin dentist every 6 months will also ensure that your teeth are in the very best of health and will prevent the development of any dental problems.
A daily routine is sure to keep your teeth gleaming and healthy for years to come.
To ensure that your teeth and mouth remain healthy, patients from Deansgrange should visit the dentist twice a year for a check-up and mouth maintenance service. A dentist can look at your teeth in greater detail and with state of the art technological advancements will be able to spot the first signs of any issues or problems with your teeth, so that you will always have healthy teeth and gums.
Here at Dublin18 Dental Care we look after our patients and make sure that they visit us every six months so we can maintain and look after our patients’ teeth. With specialised cleaning, scaling and polishing methods we can make your teeth gleaming and bright,.
Oral hygiene is key to healthy teeth
Looking after your teeth should mean a lifetime of permanent natural teeth, but you must follow a regular dental hygiene routine for this to happen. When you wake up in the morning give your teeth a good brush. You should also brush your teeth more thoroughly before you head for bed at night, as food debris will have built up throughout the day. Flossing is a great way of removing any debris stuck between the teeth, which may turn into plaque if left over time. There are different kinds of floss and once you start using it you will see a big difference in the cleanliness of your teeth.
Fluoride toothpaste is recommended to keep your teeth as healthy as possible and mouthwash is an added welcome to your oral hygiene routine, removing any last bits of plaque and debris that the flossing and brushing did not remove.
Try to keep sugary treats to the minimum and eat a healthy diet and you will be well on the way to smile perfection!
The most important procedure you will ever have carried out at your dentist is your regular check-up. This appointment, often only made twice a year, can help keep your teeth healthy and spot any potential problems early, so they don’t become major problems. Dental health checks not only help patients maintain good oral health, but dentists can often spot the first signs of conditions such as mouth or throat cancer during these regular visits, diseases which are easier to treat if found early.
At Dublin18 Dental Care there is a comprehensive and detailed 13-point plan that all the dentists follow when giving patients a dental health check, whether they are new clients from Leopardstown or they have been coming here for years. Although each person is different and will have different problems and issues that they want to discuss with the dentist, the 13-point plan has been developed to cover the most common problems.
It will start with a general chat about the patient’s current oral and general health before the dentist carries out that vital screening for mouth cancer. Other areas of the mouth are then checked for any signs of disease, such as the salivary glands and the tongue. Only then does the practitioner move on to the parts of the mouth that other dentists usually start with i.e. the teeth and gums. After checking for any indication of tooth decay and any issues with the patient’s current fillings, crowns or false teeth, the next step at Dublin18 Dental Care is to make sure that both the teeth and the jaw are in the correct place.
After the gums have been checked the dentist will again have a chat with the patient about their oral healthcare routine. On a first visit, or if the practitioner has spotted something unusual, X-Rays may be required, but most dental health checks will end once both the patient and dentist are happy that all areas of the mouth have been checked and all questions answered.