Category: Ask The Dentist

When should I bring my child for their first dental check-up?

The most recent survey of children’s dental health in Ireland found nearly half of all children under age five have decay in their baby teeth. According to the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry the earlier a child starts visiting the dentist for preventive visits the…

Is it true that your gums bleed more easily when you are pregnant?

True:  During pregnancy gums, are more susceptible to the presence of plaque biofilm near the necks of the teeth which causes them to become red and swollen. When the teeth and gums are brushed, initially there may be a tendency to bleed more than…

My wisdom teeth are all fully erupted I heard it is advisable to have them extracted? Is this true?

This will depend on the clinical circumstances which are unique to each individual. Your dentist will advise specifically for you. If your 4 wisdom teeth are fully erupted into good positions and your oral hygiene is good around these teeth you may be advised…

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…

I had a wisdom tooth extracted yesterday. It is still bleeding and clotting. Is this normal?

DeCare Dental - Dental visit

Apply a mouth pack (available from your local pharmacy) to the wound and bite on it for a half hour to an hour. A small amount of bleeding is not harmful. However, losing a large amount of blood is not normal and may require…

My nine year old daughter has yellow stains and discolouration on some of her teeth, especially her top two. Is there anything I can do?

DeCare Dental - brushing teeth

If you can, try to find out from your dentist what is the cause of your daughter’s tooth discoloration. If the stains are extrinsic (on the outside of the tooth), perhaps they can be removed by having a dental cleaning from the dentist or…

Is it true, you shouldn’t brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee?

Brushing teeth after coffee

Yes, it is true. However, the problem is not with the coffee itself. It is the milk and sugar in the coffee which can be metabolised by bacteria in your mouth into acid.The acid causes the outside layer of enamel (hard white material on the…

Can tooth whitening damage tooth enamel?

Teeth Whitening

Is it suitable if teeth have already received white fillings? Tooth whitening treatments, if performed according to manufacturer’s instructions, do not appear to cause any long lasting damage to tooth enamel. The main side effect of using bleaching agents is tooth sensitivity, which eases…