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New Year’s Resolution – Improve Your Oral Health

Your dental health is an important part of your overall health, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their toothbrushing habits, finally getting their teeth straightened or improving their smile. Some of your New Years resolutions could include:

Improving Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed. Daily toothbrushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath).

Healthier Food and Drink Choices

An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and drink choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Chewing gum after a meal will also help to neutralise acid which has been created during mealtimes.

Improving Your Smile

At Pearl Dental we offer several treatments that can help to improve your smile:

Teeth Whitening
Recently tooth whitening has become extremely popular in Ireland, with people wishing to whiten their teeth after years of staining from food and drinks, smoking or general deterioration in colour. Our most popular treatment by far is the home whitening kit, that consists of custom made gum shields which are generally worn at night, in conjunction with a bleaching agent which gradually whitens the teeth over 2 weeks.

Teeth Straightening
Your New Year’s resolution may be to finally correct an underbite or overbite caused by an injury, thumb sucking, tooth crowding or crooked teeth. Correcting any of these problems with braces not only enhances the look of your smile but also, and most importantly, improves your oral health. At Pearl Dental we are experienced providers of the Fastbraces cosmetic braces system, and have consistently achieved fantastic results for our patients. Please review some of our successful cases in our Patient Gallery.

Restorative Dentistry
The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

Quit Smoking
Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. There is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop smoking. Consider free online tools, patches, progress-tracking apps or support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.

Make Routine Dental Visits
A resolution to make routine visits to Pearl Dental may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Our dentists recommend that dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow us to monitor the condition of your mouth and smile, and develop a custom treatment plan.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Patients always ask what is the right type of toothbrush for me? In most cases the answer is, whatever one you will use regularly to maintain your oral health. There are a few factors to take into consideration when making the decision on the type of tooth brush that suits you:


Although there are some inexpensive electric toothbrushes available, in most cases they cost much more than a regular manual disposable toothbrush. In addition to the initial outlay there is the additional expense of replacing the removable heads when they wear out. Saying that, if an electric toothbrush keeps your teeth clean and encourages you to brush, then perhaps the bigger initial expense will be offset by the reduction in visits to you local dentist.

There is a quite a wide variety of toothbrush sizes in supermarkets and local shops, so which one do you choose.. as brushing your teeth is an individual and personal thing it goes back to whatever you are comfortable with and is the most effective. First of all the toothbrush should sit comfortably in your hand, if you brush twice a day the last thing you want is for that to be an uncomfortable experience. Secondly, the head of the toothbrush should fit easily in your mouth and allow you to reach all of the main surfaces of your teeth, including your molars.

Bristle Variety
In most shops you are usually given the option to select soft, medium or hard bristles for either a manual or electric toothbrush. Soft bristles are the best option for most people, but it very much depends on the strength of your teeth and gums, and how firmly you brush. Patients need to be careful that their choice of brush does not damage gums, the tooth enamel or root surface.

Finally and most importantly your choice of toothbrush depends on whatever you like the best, and one that you will use at least twice a day, every day.

If you need any more advice or recommendations for the right way to maintain your oral health or the right type of toothbrush for you, talk to our dentist on your next visit.

Tooth Decay in Dublin

What is Tooth Decay?
Tooth Decay, Caries or a cavity are a bacterial infection that causes the destruction of your tooth enamel, which is the hard outer layer of your teeth. The last time you visited the dentist he more than likely spoke about plaque which is a substance that is constantly forming on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that feed on the sugars in the food you eat. When the bacteria feed, they make acids and attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after you eat. Over time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, causing tooth decay.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay
– Dark coloured spots or shading on your teeth
– Swelling of your gums
– A toothache
– Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

How to avoid Tooth Decay
The most straightforward way to prevent tooth decay is to floss and brush your teeth daily, and make sure you visit your dentist regularly. Other ways to avoid it include using fluoride toothpaste, reducing your intake of sugar and carbohydrates, and by not smoking.

If you are concerned that you might have tooth decay, don’t delay, contact our reception today and come and see our friendly dentist or phone 01 6790625

Teeth and Treats at Halloween in Dublin

Given that Halloween is just around the corner we thought it would be interesting to discuss the large consumption of sugary treats coming up in 2 weeks and how to take care of your teeth. We have children of our own and enjoy Halloween as much as everyone else, but suggest the following tips and advice:

Everything in moderation
If your child consumes one sugary treat during a regular day, just because its Halloween does not mean that a whole evening consuming treats is a good idea.
Suggestion: When your child returns from collecting treats, ask them to pick 3/4 things from their stash to eat, and the rest can be consumed at another time.

Avoid hard lollies and chewy sweets
Hard lollies that a person keeps in their mouth for a long period of time, cause the most damage to teeth. The fact that the sugar is consistently coming off the product and attacking teeth makes them a treat to avoid. Additionally, I can’t tell you the amount of times a patient has come into the practice where a filling, or a piece of tooth has actually come off due to a sticky chewy sweet.
Suggestion: Remove some of these types of treats from your child’s stash to reduce the damage to teeth.

Recycle some treats
In many cases a number of trips are made out to visit houses in the neighbourhood to collect treats, and in most cases people do not have a limitless quantity of treats to distribute.
Suggestion: Give back out some of the treats your kids receive. This reduces their sugary intake and makes you the most popular house in the local area.

Make sure to floss and brush before bed
Its probably one of the most important evenings to ensure you floss and brush your teeth properly before bed.

Happy Halloween from all the team here in Pearl Dental. If you have any dental problems or would like to discuss your dental health, please do not hesitate to contact us here on 01 6790625 or email:






Framing your smile.

If you love your smile, or have invested heavily to achieve the youthful smile you desire, why leave the face that surrounds the smile as the give away that shows your true age? To complement the smiles that we create, Pearl Treatment Centres are in the process of opening a new beauty salon to run alongside the dental suites. A full range of beauty treatments will be offered, from facials, massages, nail care, and waxing, right through to Botox, Collagen Fillers for lines and wrinkles, and even spray tanning. Dermalogica will be the main professional product line that we will carry, and the beauty treatments can be timed to coincide with your dental visits to maximise the efficient use of your time. You will also be able to pay for all of the treatments on one single bill, and our records will keep track of every treatment and product that you have used, both dental and beauty care, such that we will always be able to ensure continuity.

Our discreet city centre location on Nassau Street will ensure optimum convenience and privacy, and we plan to be fully operational in August 2008.

Watch this space for more information, and for special opening offers.

Don’t forget, the dental suites are now well established, and offer an extensive range of dental treatments, including full cosmetic assessment, planning and treatment, tooth whitening, and routine dental care.

Tip of the week 6- Start Young!

Childrens teeth are vitally important for many reasons, and need particular care and attention. Habits formed as children tend to become life habits, and letting your child’s baby teeth decay will often be followed by decay in the permanent teeth that follow, as the causes of the problem are generally habits that begin as young children. Get things right at the start, and it will set them up for life!

See for basic information on keeping those baby teeth pearlywhites…

Tip of the week 5 from Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2

Check Your Diet…

Much as this may be a surprise to many, tooth decay does not just happen.

For your tooth to rot, it needs to be covered in bacteria (of which millions inhabit every mouth, even the clean ones!), and these then need a regular supply of sugar to do their damage. Those of you with a sweet tooth will know what we’re on about straightaway, but for those of you in denial, check for the number of times you drink tea or coffee with a little sugar added each day. Count how many times you pick up a fizzy drink, a fruit juice or a squash between meals. Incidentally, most fizzy drinks are acidic as well, even the sugar free versions, and are probably one of our biggest business builders! Keep track of the number of little snacks you smuggle in to keep your day at work bearable. And don’t forget the sneaky sugary ones, like flavourings for crisps, sauces on foods or sandwiches, most mints for sucking or chewing, and many chewing gums to name just a few.

Late night snacks are particularly unfavourable for teeth, as the natural defence, saliva, slows down to prevent drowning (or drooling!) when asleep, so that hot chocolate before bed is not a great idea.

Ideally, your teeth should not be exposed to sugar more than 3 or 4 times in an average day, which is generally breakfast, lunch and dinner time, and if you find you’re way over this figure, we’ll probably be seeing you soon!!

For parents out there, kids teeth are much more vulnerable than those of adults, so be obsessive with their diet when young to prevent serious trouble later on. Good habits in childhood tend to last, as do bad ones! More on kids in the next tip of the week.

For more advice, search this blog, ask your dentist or hygienist, or contact us at the surgery on 01 679 062, via e-mail at, or see our main website

Tip of the Week 4- The Hygienist

Probably the most undervalued and abused member of the dental team, both by dentists and patients! Hygienists have a hard life, as many dentists use them as a depository for all the patients and work they don’t want themselves, and many patients don’t quite understand their role when they’re sent to see them.

If you want a clean, healthy mouth, perfect oral hygiene, and immaculately kissable breath, a hygienist should become one of your best friends, as she will be able to advise you on the most appropriate oral hygiene techniques for your mouth, will clean your teeth more diligently, and more thoroughly than the majority of dentists, and should take a personal interest in you becoming a paragon of oral health. She is generally able to treat the majority of cases of gum disease, and you can see her as often as you wish to maintain that perfect smile, without having to see the dentist every time.

If you get into knots with floss, drink mouthwash as an aperitif, and use interdental brushes to clean your ears, you need a visit to the hygienist ASAP!

Our hygienist, Joann, is available Wednesdays and Fridays in our studio on Nassau Street, and will gently, but thoroughly, clean and polish your mouth, and coax you into better oral hygiene habits. She is also appreciated by us dentists too, as she can clean a mouth better than any of us are able!

Tip of the week 3

The electric toothbrush

No, they’re not just a gimmick, but can be a very useful tool for improving the health of your gums, teeth and mouth in general.

However, don’t rush off to buy the first you see, as there are good and bad ones, and some are more suited to particular people than others, and, guess what, that’s another reason for seeing your dentist or hygienist regularly, as he/she will have the chance to advise you as to the most appropriate brush for your mouth.

In our studio on Nassau Street we stock our favoured brushes, namely the Oral B Plaque Remover ( not the one for 10 euro that you find in the pound shop! ), and the Philips Sonicare, which uses a form of sonic vibration to clean the teeth, as opposed to mechanical motions.

If you seriously value your teeth, an investment in a good electric toothbrush is a wise one.

Tip of the Week 2

Brush that tongue to banish that pong…

Probably the most neglected part of most people’s oral hygiene routine, tongue brushing or scraping is the single most effective way to improve halitosis ( bad breath ).

The best technique is carried out in front of a mirror, and involves pulling out the tongue, by holding tight with a clean handkerchief, and then scrubbing away the white/ yellow/ brown coating which can then be seen towards the back of the tongue. It won’t all disappear with one scrub, but this should be a daily routine- you wouldn’t believe how many bugs live back there!

There are specialist kits for tongue cleaning, which include scrapers, mouthwashes, toothpastes etc, and these can be purchased from good pharmacies or from our studio on Nassau Street.