Monthly Archives: July 2015

Why should I floss?

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Flossing is regarded as a very valuable part of any dental health care routine. All dental professionals highly recommend daily flossing at least once per day for an individual to obtain maximum oral health. Flossing considerably aids getting rid of plaque from certain areas between the teeth which regular brushing can’t totally remove. Brushing will only access about 65% of the tooth surface so it is vital to use daily flossing to effectively clean the remaining 35% of the surface.

Moreover, this is crucial mainly because when plaque is not removed through flossing and brushing, this will sooner or later harden into tartar or calculus, and this will give rise to future gum inflammation and the systemic risks associated with this. By means of daily flossing, a person may also prevent dental decay and gum problems.

Keep in mind that flossing is not only intended to dislodge the foods that are stuck between the teeth. This is also purposely done to reduce the risk of halitosis and gum problems by means of getting rid of the plaque which accumulates along the gum line. Dentists advise that the best time to floss the teeth is prior brushing.
To many people, flossing isn’t fun and some may even find this a painful and boring process. Sadly, a lot of people overlook the significant benefit this dental practice provides. It is imperative to learn the proper way on how to effectively floss between the teeth.

How to floss properly?
•Take roughly 30 up to 45 centimeters of dental tape or dental floss. Afterwards, carefully grasp it in order to have approximately a couple of inches of dental tape or dental floss tightly drawn between the hands.
• Then, slip the dental tape or dental floss between the teeth as well as to the areas between the gums and teeth as far as it can go.
• Finally, floss up and down between each tooth with about eight up to ten strokes so to effectively remove plaque and food debris.

Picking the Right Dental Floss
Dental floss is usually made of Teflon or nylon and these are considered as both functional and effective in removing food stuck in the teeth and gums and efficiently aiding in clearing away plaque.

For people who suffer from gum recession or have bigger spaces between the teeth, a wide and flat dental tape is recommended for more effective use and better results. On the other hand, Gore-Tex or thin floss is advised for people with teeth that are close together since these are known to be shred resistant.

In truth, it does not really matter what type of floss a person prefers to use. What’s important is that the floss is effective and comfortable to use. Our dentists advise all our patients to make flossing a daily habit to maintain and improve improve oral health.

What Type of Mouthguard is Best?

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StarGuard Custom Sports Mouthguards - Football MouthguardsThis is an easy question to answer.

If you play football, hurling, soccer etc, do you wear boots which fit you properly, or are you happy to limp along with ones which are loose, rub when you run, fall off or don’t allow you to run at all? If you are someone who wants well-fitting boots, then you will also want to maximise your comfort and protection by wearing a custom made mouthguard.
Custom Mouthguards ~ Offer superior fit, comfort and protection because they are made from the highest quality material moulded from an impression of your individual teeth.  Better fit means better protection, as the athlete is more likely to wear the mouthguard.

A properly fitted mouthguard, with the correct thickness and material, separates the mandible (lower jaw) from the maxilla (upper jaw). Therefore, when impact occurs, the shock is absorbed and equally distributed throughout the mouthguard, thereby reducing the force going to the base of the skull and ultimately to the brain cavity. Children who begin wearing custom-made mouthguards at an early age tend to continue this habit into the future.

We Recommend Custom Mouthguards

We recommend that all athletes involved in any contact sports wear custom-made mouthguards because they offer:

  • Optimal protection – Custom mouthguards are better than “off-the-shelf” mouthguards at reducing the risk of injury, including:
    • Concussions or brain damage
    • Jaw dislocation or fracture
    • Fractured or lost teeth
    • Cuts or bruises to the mouth or face
    • Stress to the neck
  • Optimal comfort – Custom mouthguards fit better than standard mouthguards.
    • They feel better in the mouth.
    • They allow athletes to breathe and speak more easily.
    • An athlete is more likely to wear a comfortable mouthguard, thereby minimizing the risk of injury.

Cerec porcelain crowns and fillings in one visit

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Cerec is our 3D scanning system that lets us make porcelain crowns and inlays (fillings) all in one visit.  For anyone techie, this is CAD-CAM dentistry at the cutting edge of technology. We have now been using Cerec for 4 years and love it more than ever. We are the only Practice in the South-East (Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary) to have access to this technology.

Cerec is great to use to replace old black amalgam fillings when one last bit of tooth has snapped off or in teeth with several cracked areas waiting to snap off. The porcelain restoration produced is bonded on to the tooth, it is strong and shiny and the closest material to original actual tooth material that there is. It sticks weak areas together and helps strengthen the tooth. It is easy to keep clean and looks good.

So what is the procedure? The tooth is numbed. To pick up the scan we have to  spray the  teeth with blue powder. We scan the opposite teeth and the way the teeth bite together first. We remove the old filling , any decay and any thin weak tooth material.  Then we scan the prepared tooth.

After this we stop working in the mouth and start working on the computer. Everybody enjoys seeing the pictures of their teeth and the designing of their new tooth. We make a 3D design and this information is sent to the milling unit in the Practice (you can watch the milling process if you like).

Lots of patients ask if this is like 3D printing and yes it is a bit – but the tooth isn’t built up layer by layer, it is cut back or sculpted from a ceramic block in the milling machine which gives a much stronger finished product. With some kinds of porcelain we use, the new tooth is ready straight away, which is great. When we make Emax restorations, the strongest porcelain we have, the 3D restoration has to be crystallised and glazed in a furnace to make it even stronger. This takes about 30 minutes longer.

The porcelain is treated with a strong etch to make it ready to bond. The tooth surface is treated also so that everything sticks as well as possible. We always want to keep the area as dry as we can for excellent bonding strength. The cement we use isn’t really cement at all, it’s a resin, made by 3M (who make the glue that holds aeroplane wings on.)

In goes the 3D porcelain restoration and then we tidy up! We have to make sure that you can bite properly, that it’s smooth and that you can floss.

Then you can enjoy your new tooth, safe in the knowledge that the procedure has added years to its lifespan.