Although the summer weather may not have arrived yet, the summer offers have landed at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge! Our first offer this year will help you save money while keeping on top of yours and your family’s dental health, with savings on dental check-ups with Dr Keenan, Dr Collins and Dr Kelly.
Free Child Dental Exam
Why not take advantage of the summer holidays to bring your kids in for a dental check-up? It’s difficult for parents to schedule all the necessary appointments for their children around classes, clubs and sports commitments, so make the most of the school break to bring them in to Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge, and get your own dental exam done at the same time.
From 17th June to 30th August 2019 our dentists at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge are offering a FREE child exam when booked together with an adult dental exam. To make an appointment, call 01 668 3242, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on our website.
Dr Jennifer Owens is visiting schools in the local Dublin 4 area to speak to children about taking good care of their teeth: brushing, visiting the dentist and snacking on healthy foods. Below, she shares some of the advice she has been giving mummies and daddies to help their children learn good dental habits, which will stand to them their whole lives.
Beginning to brush your child’s teeth is advised from the moment their teeth first appear. In the youngest patients brushing with just water will suffice, as most children around the age of two will most likely swallow any toothpaste. You can introduce a children’s toothpaste once your child is more able to spit the toothpaste out. This can vary from child to child. There is no need to worry about some of the toothpaste being swallowed, as the concentration of fluoride is much lower than adult toothpaste. Sometimes children are particularly unhappy about brushing their teeth. This is far more widespread than you would think. Usually this is a phase, and a change in toothpaste flavour can sometimes help, as can brushing “with” mummy or daddy. The most important time to brush is at night, after the last meal or drink (aside from water).
I would always encourage a visit to the dentist from whenever teeth are present in the mouth, firstly because the dentist can ensure there is a normal timeline of eruption of teeth and identify any oral issues that could cause future problems. Secondly, it allows your child to become familiar with the dentist, and not associate the dental surgery with pain or being frightened. Unfortunately I have seen some children whose first appointment coincides with trauma, where they have fallen and broken a tooth and are already quite upset when they first attend. This can set them up for a life-long dental phobia and poor oral health. A 3- or 4-year-old child only has their baby teeth, which of course will fall out, but ensuring they become comfortable visiting the dentist is very important
Added sugar is widespread and almost impossible to avoid. Combine this with a tight schedule and other children, and you have a recipe for disaster! One of the easiest ways to reduce sugar intake is to check the back of food packets – looking at the overall sugar composition (under carbohydrates, “of which sugars”) per 100g. You would be surprised to see how many “healthy” snack bars or fruit rolls contain almost 70g per 100g – 70- of sugar. Although sometimes this sugar is from fruit or other natural sources, it is still sugar – and teeth recognise it as such. Dried fruit is a common choice made by parents trying to pick the healthiest snack – unfortunately this can be one of the worst sources of sugar as it gets stuck in teeth for a few hours, prolonging the time teeth are under sugar attack. Snacks like natural peanut or almond butter on sliced apple, popcorn or cheese are much kinder to teeth. Juices and smoothies that are currently so popular are another large source of sugar. Even freshly squeezed orange juice can contain the same amount of sugar as a glass of Coca-Cola. Unfortunately milk and water are the only safe options for teeth so it is best to try to and keep consumption of anything else to birthday parties, etc.
If your children’s school or creche would like Dr Jennifer Owens to visit to talk to the children about taking care of their teeth, please call the office on 01 668 3242 to arrange it!
We live in very demanding times, and more and more people being diagnosed with stress with recent figures suggesting it affects up to 10- of the population. Whilst there is a general awareness of the majority of symptoms of stress many people do not realise the oral health implications.
In fact there are a high number of people I see who don’t realise the extent of their teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism). Headaches can be an immediate side effect of this grinding while permanent tooth damage can be a long term one. The majority of sufferers are aged between mid-twenties to mid-forties.
Although bruxism may be the most common stress related complaint, others include;
Mouth sores and cold sores
Poor oral hygiene/unhealthy eating routines
Prolonged grinding can lead to TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) problems
What can you do?
If you are clenching or grinding we may recommend the use of a night guard which you pop in while you sleep and which will help to minimise the effects of the grinding. Underlying stress or anxiety may be treated with cognitive behavioural therapy.
If you are concerned that you have stress related bruxism, visit us for a dental health check which will include an inspection of your mouth and jaw. Please contact us in our Dublin dentist practice today at 01 668 3242.
Welcome to the ‘blog’ section of our dentist website. In the coming weeks, we will be adding a series of blogs looking at the positive effect on your whole body of good oral health. We will also look at ways to ensure your family remain dentally fit, and if you have young children, show you how to educate them on how on how to keep healthy teeth for life.
Good oral health can have implications for heart disease, cancer and strokes and these will be just some of the topics we will be posting articles on.
And did you know that gum disease causes at least one third of tooth loss in adults, and tooth decay is the most common disease in families across the globe?
Our blogs will offer practical advice which could save you time, money and possibly your teeth.
If there is any dental health related topic you would like discussed in our blog section, please feel free to email your question to email@example.com
If you are experiencing any dental or oral difficulties please contact us in our Dublin dentist practice today at 01 668 3242.