The majority of the population who have average risk for tooth decay, gum disease and mouth cancer should visit a dentist once a year. However, if you have above average risk you may need to visit a dentist more frequently.
Oral Surgery is a term used to describe operations performed in your mouth by a dentist or by a specialist dentist called an Oral Surgeon. Very complex mouth head and neck operations are carried out in a hospital by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Most minor oral surgery procedures take place in the confines of a dental practice, but for some, this may occur in a day care setting at a hospital.
A common experience for those who are wearing braces is for white spots to develop on the teeth while wearing braces. These spots are usually more visible on front teeth but on closer inspection they can also be observed on back teeth. They are usually chalky white in colour and contrast with the normal creamy white colour of surrounding enamel. The spots are not caused directly by the braces themselves but the braces can make it more difficult to carry out normal oral hygiene procedures such as brushing and flossing.
The estimated cost of dental healthcare in the EU is €80 billion. In Ireland, 83% of dental costs are paid out of pocket and covered privately by the individual. To compound matters, costs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have risen at dental practices. Apart from tooth loss and gum health, more than 120 diseases can be identified and diagnosed by markers present in the mouth, including coronary heart disease, diabetes and oral cancers, while loss of teeth can be linked to depression. This makes dental care a vital component of overall health and wellbeing.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have highlighted that our world is an unequal one. As COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others. This is due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age. Throughout the world, some do struggle to make ends meet which in turn, leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness and premature death, as well as harming our economy and society.
Pancake Tuesday 2021 takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16th, and is celebrated with stacks of pancakes/crepes drizzled in delicious sauces and toppings.
It is a short sharp pain from exposed dentine. It occurs in response to stimulation from cold, heat, touch, acids and osmotic changes and cannot be explained by any other dental defect or disease.
The WFH (Working from Home) lifestyle has very much taken a hold on many of us here in Ireland for the past 11 months and having such easy access to a fridge and a cupboard full of treats not only affects your waistline, but ‘constant snacking’ can also increase your risk of tooth decay.
The Christmas songs are playing, our houses are full of delicious food and you’re finally relaxing for a couple of weeks.. What could be better?
The last thing you want is to chip your tooth and need emergency dental care over the festive period! This season provides the perfect opportunity to indulge, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your oral health.