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We brushed up on our CPR skills this week with Berrick Occupational First Aid Resources. Its a great course if anyone is looking to do one (berrick@eircom.net)
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This is a very easy thing to do yet we are all busy rushing around that we tend to miss the same surfaces all the time.

Top tip!

SLOW DOWN

It takes a good 3 minutes to brush your teeth properly, it is important to do this at least twice a day, morning and night.
Some tips to help maintain a happy and healthy mouth:
1. Use a small head with soft to medium texture made of nylon , germs are small!.
2. Use a pea size amount of toothpaste.
3. Angle the toothbrush at approximately 45 degree and make contact with the tooth and gumline.
4. Gently using circular motions and massage the gums.
5. Place the brush over the biting surfaces of the teeth brush in an over and back motion.
6. Change your toothbrush at least every 3 months.
If you see bleeding it is a sign of gum disease.

Gingivitis is a word you might hear at your dentist this when the gums around the teeth become red, inflammed and swollen. Bad breath can occur.
This is curable. Bleeding is the first sign. Bleeding is not good so do not ignore it.

Another word you might hear is Periodontal disease, this is irreversible which means damage is permanent. The bone levels get damaged, treatment can only maintain the bone that is undamaged.

Generally there is no pain is associated with gum disease so it can sometime come as a shock to patients.

It is therefore so important to get regular checkups with your dentist and hygienist.
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Tel 01 8401001
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Flossing

After tooth-brushing, flossing once a day is the next most important way of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing the teeth is great for cleaning the tooth surfaces but about 40% of the the bacteria that cause dental decay and gum problems are in the area where the teeth meet. Flossing is a great way of removing these bacteria (plaque). It is particularly good where the teeth are tight together as inter-dental brushes such as tepes won’t be able to get into these spaces.

How to do it:
Break off a piece about 18 inches long.
Wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand, and a small amount onto the middle finger of the other.
Gently slide the floss between the teeth and be careful not to let the floss snap between teeth, cutting the gum.
Make a C shape with the floss as you wrap it around the tooth. Then carefully pull the floss upward from the gum line to the top of the tooth.
As you move from one tooth to the next, unroll a fresh section of floss from the finger of one hand while rolling the used floss onto the finger of the other hand.Don’t forget to floss the back side of each tooth.As long as you use the correct technique the type of floss isn’t super important, but we recommend Satin Oral-B floss.

If you’re having problems with the gum or would like some more information on oral hygiene you might want to consider making an appointment with our hygienist, Charlotte Quinn.

To make an appointment give us a call on 018401001

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Dental Cleaning for PRSI Patients for 15 euros!
Patients who are covered by PRSI ( including the self-employed) are now entitled to a free check up and subsidised dental cleaning each year. Alternatively, a contribution of 42 euros will go towards advanced gum treatment sessions.
These benefits are run once per calendar year so to make use of your entitlement for 2017 it would be a good idea to make an appointment in the near future.
Its great to finally see some of the benefits that we pay insurance for being reinstated- hopefully there'll be more to come!
To make an appointment for a cleaning or gum treatment appointment give us a call on 01 8401001.
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We are delighted to announce that our new practice manager is Paula Cavanagh. As many of you know, Paula has worked as a dental hygienist at Swords Dental for many years and we were thrilled when she decided to step into Carol's shoes.
We are equally pleased that Paula's good friend Charlotte Quinn will continue in her role as hygienist at the practice.
Congrats Paula, we know you'll be great!
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Swords Dental are delighted to be offering the option of conscious sedation for our patients.
Nervous Patients
Many people are a bit anxious about attending a dentist. For some people however, this fear is more pronounced and can be classified as a dental phobia. This is an intense, irrational fear of dentistry. It may be related to one specific procedure or to a more general fear of dentistry. This phobia can be triggered by a bad experience in childhood. Dental anxiety and phobia can lead to people delaying or avoiding the treatment that they need. Often the most difficult step in overcoming this fear is making the initial appointment for a chat and an assessment. The availability of relaxation techniques, modern anesthetics and sedation means that dentistry can be performed in a relaxed and pain free manner.
Premedication
This involves the use of a tablet before treatment to help the patient to relax. It offers mild sedation. Sometimes patients take a tablet the night before the treatment to help them get a good nights sleep.
Nitrous Oxide
This is a safe and effective agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a special mouthpiece to help you to relax. The use of nitrous oxide or “happy air” induces a feeling of lightheadedness and is often accompanied by a feeling of warmth and tingling. It makes you feel calm and comfortable. The effects wear off once the sedation is finished. This is particularly suited to children and is the only available sedation for people under the age of 16. It also works well for mild to moderately anxious adult patients. We offer this particular service in our branch practice Balbriggan Dental Clinic (www.babriggandental.ie) but assessments for Nitrous Oxide treatment can be performed in Swords.
IV Sedation
This involves using a drug called midazolam to establish a strong level sedation. It allows us top perform a broad range of dental treatment. The relaxed state is often described as something between sleep and wakefulness. It leads to sense of detachment from the treatment. Most patients can’t remember much of the appointment afterwards. You are conscious through the appointment however and can respond to any requests. We carefully control the level of sedation to ensure the correct level is achieved.
Who carries out the sedation?
Dr Lyndsey McTavish BDS (UWCM), MFDS, RCPS (Glasg), Dip Clin Dent (TCD), Dip Con Sed. (TCD).
Lyndsey undertakes the sedation at Swords Dental. Lyndsey completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Sedation at Dublin Dental Hospital in 2017. Lyndsey is particularly interested in helping nervous patients and is a member of the International Society of Dental Anxiety Management. Lyndsey enjoys treating children and has a young family of her own. Her friendly and relaxed approach will help make your visit to the dentist an easier experience.
If you’re interested in making an assessment appointment for dental sedation or have any questions you can give us a call on 8401001.
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Carol Harrington, practice manager at Swords Dental for the last 36 years, is retiring. Over these many years Carol has been the heart and soul of the practice. Her calmness, unerring professionalism and caring nature have helped to forge the practice into what it is today.
I know that my Dad, Dr PJ Lynam, thought the world of Carol. He trusted her judgement implicitly and considered her a true friend.
We recently celebrated this milestone at The Old School House and Hotel 44. For anyone who'd like to wish Carol well for her future plans, she will be at the practice until the end of next week.
Thank you so much Carol and as it said on the cake: You will be missed!
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Dental implants

Durable, long-lasting and natural in their appearance, dental implants are often the best way of replacing missing teeth. At Swords Dental our implants are fitted by our specialist oral surgeon Dr Eimear McHugh.
The procedure involves fitting an implant which is made of Titanium, into the bone of the jaw. It is important that we have enough bone in the area and that this bone is of good quality. If this is not the case, we can perform a procedure called bone augmentation, to help build up the bone levels prior to the implant procedure.
We then allow time for the bone to heal and grow in around the implant. The implant can now hold a single false tooth, called an implant crown in place. This is generally the best way of replacing a missing tooth. Implants can also be used to hold multiple false teeth (an implant bridge) or to fix a full denture in place. An implant supported denture has advantages over a standard denture in that it can greatly increase the biting force. Also it won’t cover the roof of the mouth in the way that a traditional denture would.
Procedure time will depend on how many implants you’re having. It’s possible to have several implants fitted in the same procedure.
Dental implants are usually fitted under local anaesthesia. If you’re feeling nervous about the procedure we can arrange for you to have some sedation. Both nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation options are available.
If you’re interested in making an appointment to discuss implants or for an implant assessment give us a call on 01 8401001.
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Congratulations to Tracey, Ciara and Dr Lyndsey McTavish on receiving their Intermediate Life Support Certificate in Belfast recently. Tracey and Ciara will be assisting Lyndsey and our oral surgeon Dr Eimear McHugh in their intravenous sedation appointments at the practice.
If you're interested in making an assessment appointment to have treatment with sedation give us a call on 8401001.
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Best of luck to our patient Derek Mahon from the Naul in his quest to climb the world's seven highest peaks. Is feidir linn!
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