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Making brushing fun

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Everyone knows brushing our teeth is important right? But did you know that people with unhealthy teeth and gums usually don’t spend enough time cleaning their teeth or doing the simple things each day they know they should.

Why? Because it’s boring.

Our team at Quirke Dental Surgeons have discovered a creative app that may just be the solution for you.

Developed by dentists, presumably very techie ones, the  free brush dj app makes keeping your teeth and gums healthy more fun and effective. Keeping your gums and teeth healthy should be something fun to enjoy. We think you would want to have fun while keeping your smile healthy.

This app is available on iTunes and Android.

Enjoy. You know we love helping you smile!

 

Why do I have gum disease?

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Gum, or Periodontal, disease is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting adults in Ireland and is the greatest single cause of tooth loss.

Patients ask us why they have gum disease even though ‘I brush twice a day and floss every day, I’m doing all I can’.

As with many diseases, there is not just one issue which may be increasing your chances of having ongoing gum disease. Here are some of the more common risk factors (the list is not exhaustive, but may be exhausting!!).

Do you have two or more of these collaborating to ensure you have a problem?

  • Gingivitis
  • Heredity
  • Poor oral health habits
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Older age
  • Decreased immunity, such as that occurring with leukemia, HIV/AIDS or chemotherapy
  • Poor nutrition
  • Certain medications
  • Hormonal changes, such as those related to pregnancy or menopause
  • Substance abuse
  • Poor-fitting dental restorations
  • Problems with the way your teeth fit together when biting
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Existing damage due to previous gum disease

Bad Breath? What now?

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woman with her hands over her mouth

What Are Common Bad Breath Causes?

If you suffer from chronic, severe bad breath, also known as halitosis, it’s important to identify the cause so you can determine an effective treatment.

Halitosis has many causes, including the following:

  • Tobacco use. If you smoke, quit. Your bad breath may be due to other causes, too, but tobacco use is a guarantee of bad breath. If you are ready to quit, ask your doctor or dentist for advice and support. Smoking doesn’t help the rest of your health either, so it really isn’t a good idea to continue.
  • What you eat, or don’t eat. Certain foods, such as garlic, contribute to bad breath, but only temporarily. Once they are absorbed into the bloodstream, the smell is expelled through the breath, but the odours remain until the body processes the food, so there’s no quick fix for this one.
  • Dry mouth. If your mouth is extremely dry, there is not enough saliva to wash away excess food particles and bacteria, which can cause an unpleasant smell if they build up on the teeth. Sipping plain water and good oral hygiene practices are straightforward solutions to this problem. More severe cases may need assistance in the form of saliva substitutes.
  • Poor dental or gum health. Tooth decay and the resultant cavities provide a safe haven for millions of bacteria and these guys will go to work on food products to ensure an unpleasant odour emerges. Likewise, the pockets caused by gum disease are a brilliant place or all of those gum disease causing bacteria to ‘dine out’ on trapped food debris. You should ensure that you visit your dentist regularly to ensure you do not have any ‘bacteria nightclubs’ lying around.
  • Infections. Bad breath that seems to have no other cause may indicate an infection elsewhere in the body. If you have chronic bad breath and your dentist rules out any oral or dental problems, you should see your doctor for an evaluation. Bad breath can be a sign of a range of conditions including respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis, diabetes, or liver and kidney problems, so it’s important not to ignore the problem.

The best way to improve bad breath is to follow a thorough oral care routine including twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing to remove the food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. Regular hygienist visits will help ensure good overall oral health. Mouthwashes only improve bad breath for the short term, and if you have a chronic problem, your dentist may suggest an antimicrobial rinse to help keep bacteria at bay.

 

New Website

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We are delighted with our new website and would like to thank Jennifer and Ronan at 2cubed website design for their patience in dealing with our unending questions. We cannot promise that the questions are finished yet though:-))

€50 off tooth whitening

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Sign up to get €50 off your next tooth whitening until 30 June 2015.

A Voucher to claim your €50 off tooth whitening will be emailed to the email address you supply. The voucher should be printed and presented to us when you commence tooth whitening. Vouchers are non-transferable and are valid for single-use only. All vouchers will expire on 30 June 2015.

Vouchers may only be redeemed against whitening treatments commencing after 20 April 2015.

Vouchers are issued to named individuals only.

General conditions: Your suitability for tooth whitening will be determined by your dentist. Possession of a voucher does not indicate that the bearer would be suitable for tooth whitening. This offer applies to over 18s only.