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QI facts in dentistry

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If you’re in the mood to expand your knowledge when it comes to teeth and oral health, we’ve got some interesting bits of trivia for you!

  1. Did you know that tooth decay in children is a new concept? Kids in prehistoric times didn’t have to worry about it because their diets were free of sugar!
  2.  The only organ that’s fully developed at birth in a human baby is the tongue
  3.  Women smile an average of 62 times a day
  4.  Before modern toothbrushes, humans in ancient history would clean their teeth with twigs and roots.
  5.  Of every 2,000 babies born, one will have a tooth already in their mouth.
  6.  The strongest substance in the human body is tooth enamel
  7.  The Chinese celebrate a holiday called ‘Love your Teeth’ day
  8.  Snails have thousands of teeth all lined up in rows
  9.  Some people in medieval Germany believed kissing a donkey would cure a toothache
  10.  The ancient Romans used to make toothpaste out of honey and eggshells
  11.  Much like a fingerprint, everyone’s tongue print is unique too

Why do we have bad teeth?

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Why are our teeth so bad? Why do we get tooth decay and crooked teeth? It may have something to do with what we eat, not just today – but 10,000 years ago!
Unlike most animals, humans have undergone a rapid dietary change in a relatively short period of time.

As an oversimplification, take any animal species, and you’re looking at a creature that’s been eating the same general diet for the last million years or so.

Now, look at humans. Our diets have changed drastically in the past 20,000 years which in evolutionary terms is extremely fast. We’ve gone from diets heavy in fibrous plant materials, which are tough and require a lot of chewing, to being able to eat an entire meal through a straw!

Our early ancestors ate a lot of tough hard foods, and this required large jaws with teeth that could break down this material. The more the teeth can break down the food, the more energy can be potentially extracted from it by the body.

As our diets have gotten softer, our ancestors could get away with smaller jaws – which required less energy to grow and use. Using less energy to eat while acquiring the same energy in your diet as your large-jawed brethren = evolutionary advantage.

So humans have evolved much smaller jaws in a very short order of time. Having smaller jaws and the same number of teeth means that there is far less space, causing all manner of problems (think: wisdom teeth, cross-bites, malocclusion etc.).

Add to that the modern diet full of sugar, and you’ve got the perfect scenario for bad teeth!

Making reviewing our dentists easy

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Nowadays, almost everybody researches almost everything they are about to do on the internet.

Our family-run dental practice receives most of its new patient referrals from our existing patients.

Our existing patients rate our service very highly and we are very proud of this (http://qds.ie/2015/08/exceptional-patient-satisfaction-levels/). We are constantly looking at ways of improving our service and it makes sense if our existing patients can let prospective patients doing online research know what they feel about what we do.

With this in mind, our review ipad, available at reception, is constantly available for our patients to post reviews about us on Google and Facebook. There is a live feed on our testimonials page of the reviews that we receive.

We are grateful for all the brilliant reviews so far and are hopeful that these will help other patients ‘out there’ to discover what it means to be a patient at Quirke Dental Surgeons.

Time for a change

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As we move from 2015 into 2016, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our patients and their families a healthy and happy New Year.

We are grateful for your support during 2015 and look forward to working with you on maximising your Oral Health during 2016.

Looking for a simple New Year’s resolution?

Spend an extra one minute brushing and an extra one minute flossing per day. It will make an enormous difference.

Maintaining an older smile

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The wear and tear that our teeth experience throughout daily life begins to show more as we age and the body is slower to repair itself. Acid erosion, gum recession and weakening tooth enamel begin to have an effect on teeth, sometimes resulting in cracks, decay and gum disease. This can be further exacerbated by systemic illnesses and the medications used to treat them.

All of these dental health issues can lead to tooth loss and have an effect on overall physical health if left untreated. Studies have shown the connection between oral health and overall health and it is not uncommon for an oral health problem to be the sign of an underlying larger health issue: a regular visit to the dentist could be life saving!

During regular visits with Quirke Dental, we can spot the early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, offering treatment before significant damage is done. Modern dentistry emphasizes the importance of keeping the natural teeth as long as possible, supporting their health with preventive and restorative dentistry. Tooth loss, while sometimes unavoidable, can lead to additional health problems if teeth are not replaced in a timely manner.

If you have been avoiding the dentist for some time, we are here to help! Schedule an appointment with us here to ensure a lasting and comfortable smile that you will proudly share with the ones you love.

Finding the best dentist with good reviews

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Most people ask their family, friends and work colleagues for advise when looking for a new dentist.

Personal recommendations like this are how most of our new patients come to us, especially as we already know that over 97.5% of our patients have rated us as excellent or very good in a very large and unique survey we carried out over several months and involving approximately 1000 patients earlier this year.

Now, we have taken the technology we used to gather this information one step further and have worked with another software company to create an in-practice, tablet-based method for patients to rate us and provide a written review. This is such a simple and straightforward method for patients to leave feedback that we are already seeing a very positive reaction to its introduction.

We are making this information available online via the testimonials page on our website, so now you can now see the reviews being left by real patients in real time.

This will help patients who have been unable to get a personal recommendation to decide who are some of the best dentists providing treatment to patients in Wexford, Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny.

For your convenience, this is a direct link to the reviews.

Has HSE and DOHC mislead Magdalene Women?

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Dr Maurice Quirke and some colleagues have recently publicly pointed out that the HSE has mislead Magdalene women when they were promised a ‘comprehensive’ scheme to cover their treatment needs.

Turns out that they are being offered the same as other Medical Card holders, ie annual examination, 2 fillings per annum and extractions as required as well as prescriptions as necessary. Hardly the stuff one would think of when considering a comprehensive health scheme for a group of women who have been severely wronged by the State in the not-so-distant past.

Contrast this with the arrangements put in place for the Hepatitis C victims, a scheme under which patients can receive any and all treatments required to render them dentally fit. And this is what the Magdalene women were told they would get also.

Now, the HSE is busy obfuscating and creating confusion in the minds of the media and the victims who are not familiar with what the terms of the State schemes actually deliver.

Incidentally, the Magdalene women’s representatives are outraged at what has happened now that the realities have been explained to them by Dr Quirke et al.

We feel that there will be lots more about this over the coming weeks and months.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/failure-to-honour-magdalene-promises-350191.html

Bad Breath? What now?

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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.