Month: April 2015

Mayo-Based DeCare Dental & 123.ie to Expand Access to Dental Insurance for Irish Consumers

April 2015: Mayo-based dental insurer, DeCare Dental Insurance continued its market expansion this month by partnering with 123.ie, a leading Irish insurance company and well-known consumer brand. DeCare Dental’s range of Healthy Smiles plans will now also be available to customers from the team…

Root Canal treatment

Why do I need a root canal? A root canal treatment becomes necessary when the soft tissue containing the nerve and blood vessels inside the pulp chamber of a tooth become irreversibly infected with bacteria. If untreated it may become painful and develop an…

The Wisdom on Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are no different than other teeth, except that they are the last ones to grow into the mouth.   Some people do not grow any wisdom teeth. Healthy and properly positioned wisdom teeth can be as useful as other teeth. However, they can…

Caring for your Child’s Teeth

Why boiled tap water should be used to make up infant formula Use boiled tap water when making up infant formula. This will ensure the baby teeth are exposed to tiny amounts of fluoride as soon as they erupt. Bottled waters should not be…

Dental Sealants: Prevent Tooth Decay

What if you could prevent tooth decay from forming in your own or your children’s teeth and avoid having to endure the dentist drill? Preventing tooth decay before it appears can mean less pain and less money spent in the long run. Proper brushing…

Gingivitis – Why you should know what this word means.

What is Gingivitis? Gingivitis is a very common but mild form of gum disease that causes swelling of the gums. Mild gum disease occurs due to the presence of plaque in the mouth especially near the margin between the gum and the tooth. Plaque…

Diabetes and Oral Health – Advice and Tips

Diabetes & Oral Health

You are 3 times more likely to develop severe gum disease if you have type 2 diabetes Ireland will have 233,000 people over 20 years of age with diabetes by 2020 corresponding to a prevalence rate in the population of over 7.5%. Uncontrolled diabetes…

The bottom of my top two teeth seem to be becoming see-through. Is there anything I can do?

DeCare Dental - dental erosion

You may have dental erosion (tooth surface loss TSL). If so, this condition should be carefully monitored by your dentist. The first and most important consideration is to get an accurate diagnosis and recording of the extent of the condition. The next consideration is…

When is the best time to visit the dentist for a check up and clean during pregnancy?

Decare dental - dental care while pregnant

Ideally you should visit the dentist for a check up if you are planning to become pregnant or as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Your dentist will be able to assess your oral health status and plan any dental visits you…

My three year old daughter grinds her teeth while sleeping. Is there anything I can do or do I need to take her to the dentist?

DeCare Dental - grinding teeth

Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a common habit in young children and usually disappears on its own as children grow older. The two peak periods for bruxism are when the baby teeth arrive and again when the permanent teeth begin to come in at five…

My 3 year old son fell and banged his mouth and his front tooth has turned grey. Will he lose the tooth? Will it affect his permanent teeth?

DeCare Dental - child visit to dentist

There is no need to worry; your son will probably lose his front baby tooth at around six years of age, just before the permanent front tooth comes into the mouth. The grey colour is the result of some bleeding that has occurred into…

I am pregnant and my gums bleed every time I brush. Is there anything I should be doing?

DeCare Dental - brushing teeth

There is no need to be concerned at this increased tendency for your gums to bleed when you are pregnant. It is caused by the elevated hormone levels in your blood that you get when you are pregnant. It makes your gums more sensitive…