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!
Maintaining a good level of dental health isn’t only about brushing your teeth morning and night, flossing and using mouthwash. Your diet can also have a significant impact on the state of your teeth and gums. If you are to maintain a good level of dental health, it is best to:
- Consume sugary foods and drinks in moderation.
- Beware of foods with high acidic content, such as fruit juices.
- Drink milk and water to maintain healthy teeth.
Such dietary advice is necessary because:
- Frequent consumption of sugary foods and drinks increases the risk of dental health problems, such as dental caries.
- Acidic food and drink can lead to dental erosion, weakening the teeth and leading to potential sensitivity.
- Water from the tap is fluoridated in many areas, giving people a beneficial level of additional fluoride for their teeth.
Extrinsic sugars are particularly harmful to oral health. These include sugars found in fizzy drinks, confectionery and sweetened cereals. Substituting these foods with healthier choices is fat better for the wellbeing of your teeth and gums.
Dentist Dietary Advice and Patient Education
We at Dublin18 Dental Care have an important role to play in educating patients about nutrition, diet and lifestyle factors that can contribute to poor oral health. We believe that information on dietary advice for healthy teeth and gums should be clear, consistent and accessible for all patients.
Dental Health Promotion and Dietary Intervention
Young people are particularly at risk of dental caries in the Ireland. Statistics of current cases are high and 53 percent of young people aged four to eighteen have dental caries. At Dublin18 Dental Care we provide dental health checks and inform patients how best to care for their teeth and gums. We also provide a wide selection of treatments when required.
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.