This section is dedicated to the latest information and queries about oral health topics which arise quite frequently.
Following this is a list of some of the questions we as dental professionals get asked by our patients. If you feel your question has not been answered below, please give our practice a call or email us and we will endeavour to answer your queries or concerns as we aim to make you visit as relaxing as possible.
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How often should I see the dentist for a check-up and cleaning?
It is advised that most adults and children should visit their dentist every 6 months for a dental examination and regular cleaning. People at greater risk of oral diseases are advised to attend the clinic for more frequent check up as a preventative measure. The dentist and hygienist will advise you of how often you should attend to avoid any further concerns.
How Often Should I Brush/Floss My Teeth?
Brushing your teeth is a necessity in preventing tooth decay. Brushing should be carried out at least twice a day using a soft bristle toothbrush and a fluoride based toothpaste. Statistics have proven that brushing your teeth helps remove plaque which otherwise can lead to gum diseases and tooth decay. Brushing your tongue is always advised to eliminate any bacteria and to enhance fresh breath. Flossing plays a huge role in preventing plaque buildup. Flossing is important as it removes food debris and plaque that your toothbrush can not reach. Flossing should be carried out daily and care should be taken when inserting the floss to avoid any damage to the gum tissues.
What is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is best described as the destruction of the tooth structure which leads to cavities. Decay occurs with the combination of plaque and foods that we eat. Both produce harmful acids that attack the tooth enamel which results in cavities occurring. Tooth decay can be prevented by maintaining excellent oral hygiene, consuming a well balanced diet and excluding snacks/drinks with a high sugar concentration. A fantastic preventative measure against tooth decay is fissure sealants. Fissure sealants are best described as a protective coating applied to the molar teeth. This preventative measure has been hugely successful for adults and children.
Choosing your toothbrush – Manual or Electric?
Choosing your toothbrush is an important decision, firstly your decision should be based on which toothbrush you will actually use? Manual and electric toothbrushes have both advantages and disadvantages but both are effective if used correctly. The Irish Dental Association recommends that your teeth are brushed twice daily for 2 minutes. If you have any queries regarding your decision please consult your dentist as every individual has different needs and concerns. A question that always is a concern to patients is how often their toothbrushes need to be changed? The best recommendation is that your toothbrush is changed every 3 months as after this period of time the toothbrush is generally ineffective if used correctly.
What is a Root Canal?
When people hear the words or phrase root canal treatment, people begin to feel anxious and unsettled, but this should not be the case as root canal treatment is an everyday procedure which is carried out in most dental surgeries. This treatment is a fantastic method of saving an important functional tooth. The procedure carried out is very similar to that of an everyday filling which also involves the cleaning of the individual canals. Root Canal Treatment is usually performed when other fillings and alternatives have been tried but are no longer an option. Although this is not always the case but some teeth may later require the placement of a crown in the future months.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease (gingivitis) is inflammation of the gums due to the effects of plaque buildup on your teeth. It is a painless, reversible condition which causes bleeding and swelling of the gums. If left untreated, it may progress to periodontitis which can cause recession, bleeding and tooth sensitivity. Your dentist or hygienist will advise you on a maintenance schedule to keep your mouth healthy.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath can be due to a number of conditions but is most commonly due to a dental problem. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, your dentist can help you find the cause and work towards resolving it.
How does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening procedures work by using carbamide peroxide to alter the natural colour of teeth. This can be achieved through the use of fitted whitening trays for home use or by professional application by a dentist. You should work with your dentist to find a technique that suits you.
What is the Difference between a Silver and White Filling?
The main difference between silver and white dental fillings is the material that they consist of. Silver fillings consist of a metal alloy while white fillings are made up of acrylic and various glass particles. Your dentist will advise you as to which filling is best suited to you.
How do I start going to the dentist if I am nervous?
Dental techniques have improved so much over the last few years that modern dental treatment can now be completely painless. Despite this, most people still feel a little nervous at the thought of going to the dentist. If you have not been to see a dentist for some time, you will probably find that things have improved a lot since your last visit. The general attitude is more relaxed and combined with a warm friendly atmosphere which will make you feel a lot more at ease. The dental techniques and safety procedures are improved to highest standard to protect our patients and staff also the equipment now used is at the highest possible standards within the dental field.
Will I need to tell my dentist if I am pregnant?
Yes ! It is important to tell your dentists as soon as you find out you are pregnant. If you need dental treatment, it may have to wait until after the birth of your baby. In most situations x-rays should be avoided, particularly during the first three months of pregnancy.
Some pregnant women find their gums bleed during pregnancy and need closer attention. You should be given regular cleaning and advice on how to maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home. Current guidelines suggest that old amalgam fillings should not be removed during pregnancy, but nor should new ones be put in. Speak to your dentist about alternative materials if you are unsure.