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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.
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.
As parents, we all want what’s best for our children. However, with the many commercial products available in the market, it’s easy for us to make bad choices especially regarding children’s toys and feeding products. The sippy cup is a perfect example of a misused baby product. Did you know that it has a lot of damaging effects on children’s teeth?
What Sippy Cups Do to Children’s Teeth
Parents love using sippy cups because of their non-spill feature, which is quite handy, especially for toddlers who just love to throw things. The real purpose of a sippy cup is to help a child transition from a bottle to a real cup, which means that these sippy cups are meant for temporary use only. However, because of their great features and handy design and because kids also like to use them, sippy cups are used for a prolonged period, often spanning several years.
In the home, a child may hold onto a sippy cup as form of comfort, just like holding a favorite toy. If the sippy cup is filled with the toddler’s favorite juice, it’s common for the child to suck on it for a long time to enjoy the beverage. But these are the perfect examples of how sippy cups wreak havoc in the child’s mouth.
When children use sippy cups for a prolonged period, the negative effects that can happen to their teeth are as follows.
- Prolonged exposure to sugar. If the beverage inside the sippy cup is fruit juice or milk, the sugar in these drinks can increase the risk of tooth decay in kids.
- Accumulation of bacteria. Some kids don’t let their parents wash their sippy cups, while some parents forget to wash them. Once the cup has come in contact with a child’s mouth, it becomes a conducive breeding ground for bacteria, especially if it has a straw. This can promote bacterial infection in the gums and teeth.
- Pressure on teeth. The continuous sucking motion on sippy cups and baby bottles can push teeth backward and result in malalignment.
How Can You Avoid Sippy Cup Teeth Damage?
If you don’t want your child to have sippy cup teeth, here are the things you should do:
- Don’t let kids drink on the sippy cup for extended hours. Once the beverage inside the cup is all gone, take it away and wash it.
- Only put water in the sippy cup. To keep kids from getting overexposed to sugar, only let them drink water from a sippy cup. If you’re giving fruit juice, use another kind of bottle like a sports drinking bottle or regular cup.
- Don’t use sippy cups for night time milk. Some kids need a bottle of milk at night to fall asleep, but this is exactly the reason why they have bad teeth. If you let a child suck at a sugary beverage all night, what can you expect?
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When To Start Going To The Dentist
Did you know that children’s teeth begin forming before birth? As early as four months, the first primary, or baby, teeth, erupt through the gums. Knowing that, when is the best time to get the dentist involved? The answer is as soon as the first tooth appears. At this time, begin brushing your child’s teeth daily and schedule a dental appointment. In most cases, children should visit the dentist by their first birthday.
The worst scenario is that your child’s first dental experience is one which has resulted from them already having a toothache. At this stage, the child is already in pain and anxious and the experience is already set up to be more difficult for everyone involved.
How Can I Prepare My Child For The First Dental Visit?
You can make your child’s first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Tell your child in advance that someone will look at their teeth and clean them. Try showing them pictures of a dentist or have fun role-playing, acting like you or your child are the dentist. Most dentists prefer that a parent be present for the examination of any child under the age of three. Some ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold the young patient in their lap during the first few examinations. It can also be helpful to take your younger children along for an older sibling’s dental visit so that they can get accustomed to the Practice and the people. As children get older, they’re usually happy to be “grown up” and are willing to sit in the chair alone while they send their parents back to the waiting room. At the first visit, our dentists will examine your child’s mouth for early signs of decay and other problems. He or she will also tell you many of the things you’ll need to know about helping your child grow up cavity-free. After the first visit, be sure your child sees the dentist regularly
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