Are you destroying your teeth at night?

Are you destroying your teeth at night?

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Help, I am Nervous of the Dentist !

Help, I am Nervous of the Dentist !

Are you scared of the dentist? More than 50% of people are likely to answer yes. It is a very common phobia. Every day, Blackrock Clinic Dentistry deals with nervous patients.

People quote many reasons for feeling scared of the dentist… Fear of the drill, previous bad experience, etc..

These are all very reasonable fears and we do encourage patients to admit their reasons for not attending the dentist on a regular basis. We know it’s a cliché but admitting your fears will help you deal with the problem.

  • It is recommended to have a dental examination every 6months and usually people also require a scale and polish every 6months.
  • We highly advise that patients do not neglect their teeth. A small cavity in a tooth usually means that there is a lot of decay in that tooth. A cavity can lead to an infection in the tooth and then either root canal or an extraction of this tooth will be required.
  • If you are careless about your teeth then this can also affect your self-confidence and also increases the risk of damage to your general health.
  • If your gums are bleeding on a regular basis, then you need to visit the dentist. A mouth wash will not help solve the problem.
  • When teeth become infected this is often followed by a swelling. Swellings can increase very quickly constricting your swallowing and putting your health in danger.


So, you are convinced you should have your teeth looked at?

What is the next step on having dental treatment?

  • Find a dentist you can trust and chat to.
  • Book an initial consultation just to talk through your dental requirements.
  • Find out your options for sedation oral or i.v if you feel this will help.
  • Motivate yourself to have your teeth examined before the end of the month.
  • It may help to wear your ear phones during treatment.


Do not suffer a tooth ache in silence, let the dentist help.

Push yourself today and call. Say goodbye to stained teeth and hello to a smile you are proud of.

Blackrock Clinic Dentistry are specialists in treating nervous patients and offer oral sedation and I.V sedation with our consultant anaesthetists with emergency appointments available.

Flossing – Is it worth it??

Flossing – Is it worth it??

Why should I floss?

Flossing is a very important part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing alone only cleans 70% of the tooth surfaces. By flossing you’re helping to clean the non accessible areas decreasing the likelihood of cavities or gum disease.

How should I floss?

Below is a video of the best technique.

When should I floss?

It is recommended to floss once daily. When should this be? As long as you get it into your daily routine the timing isn’t too important. It would be ideal to complete before brushing in the evening to dislodge anything that can be brushed away.

At what age should my children start?

Whenever they are able to grasp the habit. Their manual dexterity usually allows then to become half decent at flossing around 10 or 11 years old.

Should it hurt?

Normally there shouldn’t be much tenderness from flossing. Although if you haven’t flossed for a while there maybe tenderness for a couple of weeks until the gums become healthy. It is also normal for the gums to bleed on flossing if you haven’t flossed for a while. If bleeding or tenderness continues after a couple of weeks of routinely flossing it is advised to contact your dentist.

Other options?

If you have difficulty mastering the flossing technique, there are other options for interdental cleaning. You can use interdental brushes or a water pick. Talk to your dentist about what the best option for you is.


Gum Shields- Do you put yours in your sock?

Gum Shields- Do you put yours in your sock?

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Gum shields are now mandatory in rugby, hockey, playing Gaa and many other sports. Gum shields are proven to lessen the risk of facial injury, including trauma to your teeth. Gum shields will help prevent against tooth fracture, tooth loss, trauma to your soft tissue, root fracture, etc..

Despite the evidence, that wearing a gum shield will help protect against dental trauma, players often refuse to wear theirs. The main reason is that they are ill fitting. Purchasing a shop made gum shield will usually lead to a poor fit as this is not an exact mould of your mouth. It is a straight forward, simple procedure to have a gum shield fabricated to fit your mouth perfectly.  A dentist is required to take a quick impression of your mouth.

Blackrock Clinic Dentistry make custom gum shields in your team colours. Say goodbye to keeping your gum shield in your sock and Call now to have your gum shield fabricated.

Teeth and Pregnancy

What Happens to your teeth during pregnancy?

We have all heard tales from our parents and grandparents of dental horror stories regarding pregnancy, including loosing teeth as a result. This doesn’t have to be the case.

Getting a checkup during pregnancy is safe and important for your dental health. Not only can you take care of cleanings and procedures like cavity fillings before your baby is born, but your dentist can help you with any pregnancy-related dental symptoms you might be experiencing.


When Do I Tell My Dentist I’m Pregnant?

As soon as you know you’re pregnant or even think you could be let the dentist know as it is important for treatment planning and if any medication is needed.

How Might Pregnancy Affect My Mouth?

Although many women make it nine months with no dental discomfort, pregnancy can make some conditions worse – or create new ones. Regular checkups and good dental health habits can help keep you and your baby healthy.


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Pregnancy Gingivitis
Your mouth can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during pregnancy. For example, some women develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent this.


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Pregnant women may be more prone to cavities for a number of reasons. If you’re eating more carbohydrates than usual, this can cause decay. Morning sickness can increase the amount of acid your mouth is exposed to, which can eat away at the outer covering of your tooth (enamel).

Brushing twice a day and flossing once can also fall by the wayside during pregnancy for many reasons, including morning sickness, a more sensitive gag reflex, tender gums and exhaustion. It’s especially important to keep up your routine, as poor habits during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

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Pregnancy Tumors
In some women, overgrowths of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” appear on the gums, most often during the second trimester. It is not cancer but rather just swelling that happens most often between teeth. They may be related to excess plaque. They bleed easily and have a red, raw-looking raspberry-like appearance. They usually disappear after your baby is born, but if you are concerned, talk to your dentist about removing them.

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Are the Medications My Dentist May Recommend Safe During Pregnancy?

Be sure your dentist knows what, if any, prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs you are taking. This information will help your dentist determine what type of prescription, if any, to write for you. Your dentist can consult with your physician to choose medications—such as painkillers or antibiotics—you may safely take during the pregnancy. Both your dentist and physician are concerned about you and your baby, so ask them any questions you have about medications they recommend.

What About Local Anesthetics During Pregnancy?

If you’re pregnant and need a filling, root canal or tooth pulled, one thing you don’t have to worry about is the safety of the numbing medications your dentist may use during the procedure. They are, in fact, safe for both you and your baby.

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Can I Get a Dental X-Ray While Pregnant?

About half of the women in the anesthetic JADA study had X-rays taken while they were pregnant, which were also found to be safe. It’s possible you’ll need an X-ray if you suffer a dental emergency or if there is a need to diagnose a dental problem. Although, radiation from dental X-rays is extremely low, your dentist or hygienist will cover you with a leaded apron that minimizes exposure to the abdomen.


Choosing A Great Family Sedation Dentist

Looking for a great sedation dentist?

What is really important?


The practice needs to be easily accessible by car or public transport to make it straigtforward to attend your appointment. They need to have opening hours to suit your schedule and allow appointments to fit into your daily routine.


You need to be reassured that you’re not going to be rushed. If you’re looking for a sedation dentist more than likely you are a nervous dental patient. The most important thing is that you feel you are being listened to by your dentist and that your worries are taken into account. If both the dentist and patient can establish good methods of communication automatically the treatment and experience becomes easier for both


If it’s sedation you’re after it is good to have options. Oral sedation- diazepam, Intraenous sedation , Intravenous sedation with an anaesthesist. These are the options availible within dentistry. All options need you to be accompanied home afterwards and you will be unable to drive, work or opperate machinery for the rest of the day post sedation. Seadion gives you the option of hving dental treatment whilst being aware but very relaxed. Intravenous sedation also has the added benefit of not being able to remember the treatment once it is completed.

The aim of sedaiton?

The reason for providing sedation for dental treatment is to make treatment easier for patients.

The Dodie Fairy Tree – What is your child’s Dodie doing to their teeth?

Pacifier, soother, comforter, dummy, dodie

We have a number of different names for the one thing that has helped make parents lives that little easier but what is it doing to your child’s teeth? Is it increasing your child’s need for braces(orthodontics) in the future?


Prolonged pacifier use beyond 24 to 36 months results in a greater chance of their upper back teeth erupting on the inside of their lower teeth( posterior crossbite) at 5 years of age


Posterior Crossbite

Children with a thumb sucking habit who stop between 36 and 48 months of age present a greater prevalence of a gap between their upper and lower teeth at the front (anterior open bite) and sticky out front teeth  (increased overjet) at 5 years of age.

increased overjet

Increased Overjet

Anterior open bite

Anterior open bite


Tips to wean child off their dummy: You can try cutting the end off the dummy or dipping it in anti nail biting bad tasting agent but the best thing to do is let the tooth fairy be the baddy.

:Visit the Dodie Tooth Fairy tree in Marley Park and leave the dodie with the tooth fairy. She may want to leave a treat for collection at the tree too. (Preferably non sugary)

1: Write a note to the tooth fairy

2: Leave the note with the dodie at the tree

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3: Collect your treat!!If you can’t get to the tree, leave the dodie for the tooth fairy under their pillow for the tooth fairy to collect.

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Charity clean


On Friday 19th June 2015, we are pleased to announce that all proceeds from every Scale and Polish will be donated to this wonderful charity.

All scale and polish 60euro with 100% donated.


We will be treating patients from 8am-4.30 so book early to ensure an appointment.

The Mia Fund is a Hair Restoration Charity primarily helping children & young people who have suffered temporary or permanent hairloss as a result of cancer treatment, illness or trauma. The Charity offers support through counselling & hairloss treatment. It is a wonderful charity and needs your support.
More information can be found at:
Please contact 01 206 4218 to make your appointment and give your support to the Mia Fund.
If you require any more information, then please do not hesitate to contact us.



7 habits that destroy your teeth

Top tips on what to do and what not to do for a healthy smile- a summary of the article found below

1)Do not eat sugar throughout the day…if you are have a bag of sweets, eat them all at once so your teeth are not exposed to a constant stream of sugar…We do suggest avoiding the sweet foods and fizzy drinks altogether!

2)Avoid hard toothbrushes: Please use a soft brush and do not brush too hard as this will cause recession of the gums and lead to sensitivity of the teeth.. Concentrate when you are brushing and use a gentle technique

3) Drink water throughout the day to keep your saliva flowing.. saliva helps wash away plaque and contains agents that will help fight against decay

4)Eat cheese after your meal to help generate saliva and it also helps neutralise any acidic foods you may have eaten

5)Do not rinse directly after washing your teeth as toothpaste contains high levels of fluoride that helps fight against tooth decay. Use your mouthwash at lunch or when you come home in the evening

6)Flossing is very important for our teeth. Decay very often begins in between our teeth as our toothbrush alone will not clean effectively

7)Brush your tongue


A link to an article which describes in more detail