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Our Christmas opening hours

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. Please see the Christmas opening hours for every dental practice below   It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but you still may need a dentist over the festive season. Please see our Christmas opening hours below. From all of us here in Dental Care Ireland, have a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. We look forward to seeing you in 2018! Ashbourne, Co Meath: Open until Friday, December 22nd and on Friday, December 29th from 10am to 12pm. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, January 2nd. Ballsbridge (NIDM), Dublin 4: Open until Friday, December 22nd. Then closed until Tuesday, January 2nd. Cabinteely, Co Dublin: Open until Friday, December 22nd and on Thursday, December 28th from 9am to 1pm, and Saturday, December 30th from 9am to 1pm. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, January 2nd. Callan, Co Kilkenny: Our Callan practice will provide an emergency clinic for ... Read More
Dentist in Knocklyon

Dentist in Knocklyon gets a sparkling makeover

Dental Care Ireland Knocklyon practice manager Finnola Jones discusses how a recent makeover has made a huge difference for this dentist in Knocklyon   Dental Care Ireland’s practice in Knocklyon, Dublin 16, is conveniently located in Knocklyon Shopping Centre. Even though it rebranded as a Dental Care Ireland practice in June 2015, this dentist in Knocklyon is a mainstay in the community, having been operating there since 1992. Strong links with the community “Our principal dentist, Dr Vincent McDonagh, managed a one-surgery practice here for years, so he has built up very strong links with the community,” says Finnola Jones, practice manager with Dental Care Ireland Knocklyon. “The practice has been transformed in the last couple of years; we have taken on five people since Dental Care Ireland became involved. Now, we have three dentists, one orthodontist, four dental nurses and myself.” A complete refurbishment As the number of staff has grown, so too ... Read More
A DCI dentist in Dublin

Get specialist treatment from a dentist in Dublin

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. Our strong presence in the capital means you will always be able to get specialist dental treatments from a dentist in Dublin   These days, going to the dentist can involve more than just a check-up. Alongside general dental treatments like fillings, X-rays and extractions, there are also a number of specialist treatments that our patients want. If you’re looking to get these specialist treatments done by a reliable and experienced dentist in Dublin, you’re in good hands with Dental Care Ireland. Along with our practices outside the capital, we currently have four practices in Dublin: in Swords, Knocklyon, Cabinteely and Ballsbridge. Our practice in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, the Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine on Northumberland Road, offers various specialist treatments. This dentist in Dublin practice offers sedation for nervous patients, gum treatments, braces and ... Read More
The RDS in Dublin

Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year Awards 2017

Congratulations and good luck to all of our dentists and practices who have been nominated for the 2017 Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year Awards.   Thanks to our loyal patients throughout the country, Dental Care Ireland received 13 nominations this year in total. Our practices in Callan, Tullamore, Greystones and Castlebar are all in the running for ‘Dental Team of the Year’, while nine of our dentists have been shortlisted for ‘Sensitive Dentist of the Year’. The annual awards, supported by Sensodyne and the Irish Dental Association, highlight excellence in the Irish dental profession, through the eyes of the patient. From regular check-ups or toothaches to emergency treatments, dentists nationwide are nominated by their patients for going above and beyond normal patient care. The overall winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony hosted by RTE’s Joe Duffy in the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin on Saturday, 2nd December 2017. Dental Care ... Read More
Are you looking for a reliable dentist in Dublin?

Are you looking for a reliable dentist in Dublin?

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing an outstanding, community dental experience. Our strong presence in the capital means you will never struggle to find a dentist in Dublin   The Dental Care Ireland network is extensive, and it’s growing all the time. This means that, if you need a dentist in Dublin, you won’t have far to travel. Along with our practices outside the capital, we currently have four practices in Dublin: in Swords, Knocklyon, Cabinteely and Ballsbridge. Each practice is an established dentist in Dublin, as a key Dental Care Ireland strategy is to retain existing, experienced staff when we take over the management of a dental practice. It’s so important for us that people recognise and trust our reliable staff members. The practice formerly known as Swords Dentist is our local dentist in Swords, and is conveniently located in St Brendan’s, Seatown West. The practice offers a range of general and specialist dental treatments, and is ... Read More
Our dentist in Swords

Our dentist in Swords is building on a strong base

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing an outstanding, personal community dental experience. With our new local dentist in Swords, Dental Care Ireland is certainly paving the way.   The practice, formerly known as Swords Dentist, is the newest practice in the Dental Care Ireland community. With the new dentist in Swords conveniently located in St Brendan’s, Seatown West, it’s certainly in the heart of the community. The practice offers a range of general and specialist dental treatments, and is a vital part of the community in the north Dublin village. Our team in Swords consists of Dr David Patton, Dr Orla McGeary, Dr Sally McCarthy and Dr Patricia Kennedy, who are our resident dentists.  The practice also employs a hygienist, Lynsey Neill, as well as a team of dental nurses, and the practice manager, Lindi Barber. They are a fantastic, reliable and friendly team that offer a wide range of treatments and services. Along with general dental treatments ... Read More
Teeth Whitening Dublin

Do you qualify for PRSI dental entitlements? 

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing an outstanding, personal, community dental experience   With the introduction of the new PRSI dental entitlements in 2017, Dental Care Ireland are pleased to offer a dental examination, scale and polish for only €15, to all those who qualify under PRSI, including self-employed individuals. This includes small business owners, farmers, tradespeople, freelancers, contractors, and professionals. It is said that this treatment benefit will now extend to 450,000 self-employed workers around the country. In the Budget 2017, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that he was going to reinstate a selection of dental and optical benefits once removed from PRSI workers during the recession. Therefore, as of the 28th October 2017, the new PRSI dental entitlements is available in all Dental Care Ireland practices. Prior to this introduction, PRSI employees where only entitled to a free examination once per calendar year. Whereas with ... Read More
Official opening of Dental Care Ireland Carlow dental practice

Carlow dental practice a pillar of the community

Dental Care Ireland Carlow practice manager Sinead Dowling discusses how important the Carlow dental practice is to the community, and how the future is bright for the team   Dental Care Ireland’s practice in Carlow town, located on Tullow Street, dates back nearly 30 years, when it was established by Dr Richard Gillman as the Gillman Dental Clinic. After Dental Care Ireland took over the management of the Carlow dental practice in 2016, all of the existing staff were retained. Well acquainted with the community “I’ve worked at the practice for 10 years, and I’m one of the newer faces!” says Sinead Dowling, practice manager at DCI Carlow. “We have a great team here who are well acquainted with the Carlow community – we have two dentists, three hygienists and four dental nurses working here, as well as a visiting orthodontist and endodontist.” It is clear from talking to Sinead that community means a lot to the whole team in the Carlow dental ... Read More
The DCI dentist in Cabinteely

Our dentist in Cabinteely making a real impression

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing an outstanding, personal community dental experience. Our dentist in Cabinteely puts that plan into practice   Dental Care Ireland Cabinteely, formerly known as Park Clinic Dental, is our dentist in Cabinteely. Park Clinic Dental was previously owned by Dr Vincent McDonagh, who still works at the practice today as principal dentist. Dental Care Ireland took over the running of this practice in June 2015, and offers a range of dental treatments, including orthodontics and root canal procedures. Dr Brendan O’Connor is a dentist in Cabinteely Dental Care Ireland, and also works with VHI and the Beacon Hospital. He particularly enjoys the community aspect of the work in Cabinteely. “It’s great to meet so many people from different walks of life in Cabinteely. It’s really rewarding in particular to work with small children, young adults and older patients,” he says. “Of course, helping people get rid of aches ... Read More
Kells dental practice

Practice Profile: Kells dental practice in great shape

Kells dental practice manager Sandra Crosby discusses her work, what she looks for in staff, and how patients are the team’s number one priority   Dental Care Ireland’s practice in Kells, Co Meath, located on the town’s Bective Square, was officially opened in September 2017, and features state of the art facilities and equipment. Sandra Crosby, practice manager in Kells, says that it’s an exciting time for the practice. “Our principal dentist, Dr Maura McGuinness, ran this practice for three decades before Dental Care Ireland took over the running of it in May 2015,” she says. “Maura’s still very much here and continues to treat many of her patients.  I suppose the main advantages for her are the reduction in administrative headaches, in terms of managing the practice and marketing it to a wider audience.” Dental implants are becoming very popular The staff has grown a lot since Dental Care Ireland took over. “We have ten staff here in Kells ... Read More
Orthodontist in Knocklyon

Dental Care Ireland offers orthodontics in Knocklyon

Increasing interest in orthodontics in south Dublin and around the country has seen this specialist treatment introduced by Dental Care Ireland Orthodontics is defined as the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws. In times past, this treatment was generally confined to children in their teenage years, but this is no longer the case. Interest in orthodontics has risen hugely around Ireland in recent times, and we are pleased to say that we now offer orthodontics in Knocklyon. Dr Lian O’Dwyer, our resident orthodontics specialist, says that the treatment varies, depending on the patient. “The best age for orthodontics varies from patient to patient. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, there is no age limit to treatment. We are definitely seeing an increasing number of adults availing of the benefits of orthodontics in Knocklyon.” The technology surrounding the treatment of orthodontics has improved hugely over recent years. The introduction of ... Read More
Colm and Kieran Davitt opening Dental Care Ireland's Ashbourne practice

Dental Q&A: Co-founders Colm and Kieran Davitt

Dental Care Ireland CEO Colm Davitt and his brother, clinical advisor Kieran, set up DCI to fill a gap in the market – and its stellar growth has been a vindication of their belief and hard work   What was your working background before setting up Dental Care Ireland? Kieran Davitt (KD): I worked as a general dentist in Galway for 20 years, so I suppose it made sense to bring me on board. There was a serious element of trust with Colm as obviously we’re family. My initial role was in an advisory capacity as we looked at practices we could bring on to join the network. The role has been broad but largely it’s been in an advisory capacity. Colm Davitt (CD): The idea for DCI came from my own professional background in healthcare. My brother Kieran was in the dental sector, and we saw a great opportunity to provide a high-quality dental network. Did you view it as a risk in the beginning? CD: It was a logical opportunity but like any business starting up, it was ... Read More
Dental Care Ireland Dublin

Back to School Dental Tips

Take some time to read this fantastic article from LifeStyle on RTÉ with Dental Care Ireland’s very own Group Clinical Advisor, Dr Paul O’Dwyer. In this piece, Paul outlines 5 top back to school dental tips that you should bear in ... Read More
Contact Dental Care Ireland Ashbourne

Practice Profile: Brand-new Ashbourne practice off to a strong start

Dental Care Ireland Ashbourne practice manager Audrey O’Brien talks about life in the practice, and working in Ashbourne itself   Dental Care Ireland’s practice in Ashbourne, Co Meath, located on the town’s High Street, was officially opened in May 2017, and features best-in-class fittings and features. Audrey O’Brien, practice manager in Ashbourne, says that it’s an exciting time for the practice now that it has been open to the public for a sustained spell of time. Great experience “Even though we officially opened in May, we’ve been operating for a year now, and it’s been a great experience. The people are so brilliant here, and it’s a pleasure to come into work every day. I’ve worked in Ashbourne before, and I run the day-to-day management of the practice for Dental Care Ireland, making sure that patients and staff are where they need to be at all times.” The practice employs seven people, and the make-up of the staff reflects a theme in ... Read More
Local Dentists

Supporting local dentists around the country

In May 2017, Colm Davitt, chief executive of Dental Care Ireland, talked to Irish Dentistry magazine about our network of dental practices across the country and his ambitions to support dentists’ businesses.   What exactly is Dental Care Ireland? Dental Care Ireland is a new Irish-owned dental group. We set up two years ago, and to date, we have a network of 11 general and specialist practices across the country. Essentially, we acquire long-established, high quality practices in local communities, with a view to helping them reach their full potential. Our aim is to free principal dentists from administrative burden, allowing them to focus on clinical dentistry. We invest in upgrading the practices with the latest facilities and technology, as well as providing support in areas such as operations, finance, quality and compliance, IT, HR and marketing. Our vision at Dental Care Ireland is to provide a network of quality dental practices in every single county ... Read More
Teeth Whitening Dental Care Ireland

Teeth Whitening Offer – 20% Off

Dental Care Ireland’s Teeth Whitening Offer – gives an amazing 20% off until the 31st August in selected practices only. If you are interested in improving the colour of your teeth and appearance of your smile, then ask your dentist about teeth whitening. Teeth Whitening brightens the shade of your teeth so they appear brighter and whiter. What happens in Teeth Whitening? Firstly, the dentist will perform an examination to determine the suitability of your teeth for whitening. This will include a check-up and may include an X-ray. Then the dentist will work with you to identify the shade of white you wish to achieve. Impressions will then be taken of your teeth so that we can develop a bespoke whitening kit that suits you and which you can use yourself at home. You will be invited back to the practice to pick up the kit and will receive advice as to how to use it. Teeth whitening takes approximately 10 days to three weeks depending on the shade you have ... Read More
Teeth Whitening Dublin

Teeth whitening demand growing around Ireland

The number of patients interested in teeth whitening is rising, particularly in Dental Care Ireland practices in Dublin 16, Dublin 18 and Swords   There are many foodstuffs and drinks that can stain your teeth, including some of your favourite food and drinks such as coffee, red wine, soft drinks and even berries. This is natural and regular brushing should help to keep staining to a minimum. Also, as we get older the white teeth we may have had as children become naturally pale grey and yellowish due to ageing, and general wear and tear. There are many whitening toothpastes on sale which some patients find effective in keeping their teeth white. Also, there are a number of whitening strips available that give your teeth a temporary gleam. Most of them dissolve in your mouth in just a few minutes and have a minty taste. However, more patients are choosing to get their teeth whitened professionally as this can prove to be the best way to keep them sparkling for ... Read More
DCI Cabinteely dentist Dr Mary Crossling

Dental Q&A – Cabinteely dentist Dr Mary Crossling

In this article, DCI Cabinteely dentist Dr Mary Crossling talks about how she became a dentist, what she loves about the job, and what the future holds for the sector.   Q: What made you decide to go into dentistry when you were younger? A: I decided early on that I wanted to be a dentist; I think I was 11! I’ve always enjoyed people’s company, and as I grew older I really developed a love of science and chemistry which obviously helped. After doing dental-related work experience in school, I knew it was the right career choice for me. I briefly considered veterinary studies, but interacting with people on a day-to-day basis was important to me, so dentistry it was! Q: What do you really enjoy about your job? A: It’s great to meet so many people from different walks of life in Cabinteely. It’s really rewarding in particular to work with small children, young adults and older patients. Of course, helping people get rid of aches and pains is one of the best ... Read More
The Dental Care Ireland practice in Ashbourne, Co Meath

Busy times as Dental Care Ireland officially opens three new local practices

Dental Care Ireland has opened practices in Tullamore, Castlebar and Ashbourne, made The Sunday Business Post’s ‘Hot 100’ list, and appointed Paul O’Dwyer as new Group Clinical Advisor   It’s been a great few weeks of news for Dental Care Ireland, with three major new practice openings, along with lots of quality media coverage and a senior appointment. Ashbourne opening The newest Dental Care Ireland practice was officially opened by Meath East Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Regina Doherty TD in Ashbourne in Co Meath this month. The new, family-focused dental practice is located on the town’s High Street and is run Dr Cliona O’Brien and Dr Claire Burns. The new practice has been designed to an award-winning specification, including state-of-the-art facilities and technology throughout the waiting and surgical areas. It will provide the benchmark for all Dental Care Ireland practices nationwide. You can even see a virtual tour of the ... Read More
Knocklyon orthodontist Dr Lian O'Dwyer and the Dental Care Ireland Knocklyon team

Dental Q&A: Knocklyon orthodontist Dr Lian O’Dwyer

Braces have come a long way in recent years, and now there is a varied choice for both children and adults when it comes to specialized orthodontic work, according to our Knocklyon orthodontist Dr Lian O’Dwyer   How do I know if my child needs braces? There are many reasons why a child might benefit from braces. Often, your child’s dentist will be the first to notice problems during a regular visit and recommend that you see a specialist orthodontist. The orthodontist can decide whether your child does indeed need braces and which devices would be best. Some signs that a child may benefit from braces include: Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth Difficulty in chewing or biting Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth Jaws that shift or make sounds Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face What causes the need for braces? Sometimes tooth and jaw ... Read More
Dental Q&A: Donna Paton, of Tullamore DCI, with Dr Kieran Ryan and Dr Chris Scott.

Dental Q&A: Donna Paton of DCI Tullamore on dental hygiene, opportunities in the sector and the future

In this piece, we sit down with Donna Paton, President of the Irish Dental Hygienists’ Association, who works in our Tullamore dental practice. Donna tells us about how she started in dentistry, the opportunities in the sector, what it’s like to work in Tullamore, and her thoughts on the future.   Q: What made you decide to go into dentistry when you were younger? Donna Paton: Well, I had been wary of dentists as a child, but that all changed when I met an understanding and empathetic dentist who completely changed my mindset towards what dentists actually do. That dentist showed me the value not only of dental health but of oral hygiene, which really laid the foundations for me to move into the area to study as I grew older. In Scotland, I became a dental nurse and, when the opportunity to study dental hygiene came along, I jumped at the chance. I ended up being one of six dental nurses out of 600 who were selected to study dental hygiene, so I knew ... Read More
Dublin Orthodontics

An Introduction to Orthodontics: Why Do You Need the Treatment?

The treatment of orthodontics is becoming more and more popular as technology improves and people strive for that perfect smile. In last month’s blog, Dental Care Ireland talked about the importance of regular visits to the dentist. Of course, many trips to your dentist will be for a scheduled check-up or to address an issue that’s causing discomfort. However, there is another factor which more and more people are considering when it comes to their dental health: orthodontics. Orthodontics is defined as the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws. In the past, orthodontic treatments were largely confined to children from the ages of 12 to 16 or 17, with brackets used to realign teeth and jaws. The general rule of thumb then was that, seeing as younger people’s jaws and teeth are generally softer than those of adults, treatment would be confined to those in their teens and below, as it was easier to manipulate teeth and bone structure in younger ... Read More

Why Regular Check-ups with your Dentist are so Important

Regular check-ups with your dentist provide peace of mind, as well as maximising your appearance   Putting off a visit to the dentist is something that we all have experience of, yet we should all try to go on a regular basis. Many people remember childhood visits which can play on their minds, but it’s important to remember that dentistry has come a long way, and uncomfortable visits are largely a thing of the past. The reality is that if you take care of your teeth, your check-up will probably be just that and nothing more.   The good news is that 8 out of 10 Irish adults are entitled to a free examination through either PRSI or Medical Card schemes. Further cover is available for those with dental insurance, which is becoming increasingly popular in Ireland and allows a greater focus on prevention.   Some people have the impression that seeing the dentist can be put off if nothing is visibly or physically wrong. However, it’s important to note ... Read More

Five Ways to Keep Your Children’s Teeth Strong And Healthy

Five Ways to Keep Your Children’s Teeth Strong And Healthy   Caring for your teeth is something that none of us can take for granted, regardless of our age. This is especially true for children, who need all the help they can get to ensure they have a good foundation for dental health for the rest of their lives. From a personal point of view, it is also really heartening when you take your child to the dentist for their regular check-up, and they are given a clean bill of health. Of course, it won’t always be this way, but there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your children have strong, healthy teeth. Here are Dental Care Ireland’s top five tips for healthy children’s teeth:   Regular Brushing As parents, we all know that brushing and flossing can be a chore, but we do it because it has become a “good habit”. Encourage your children to make it their good habit by making them brush twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. If ... Read More

Christmas Opening Hours at Dental Care Ireland

Christmas Opening Hours at Dental Care Ireland All Dental Care Ireland practices are closed on the 26th & 27th December 2016  and on Monday 2nd January 2017. The Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine is closed from 24th December 2016  through to Monday 3rd January 2017. Dental Care Ireland Swords is offering an on-call emergency service only from 23rd December 2016 through to Tuesday 3rd January 2017. The following are the opening hours in all our other practices: Dental Care Ireland Cabinteely Open:  Saturday 24th December – 09.00 am – 1.00 pm and on Wednesday  28th – 9.00 am – 11.30 am. Closed:  Monday 26th Dec, Tuesday 27th Dec, Thursday 29th Dec, Friday 30th Dec and Monday 2nd Jan. Dental Care Ireland Knocklyon.  Open:  Wednesday  28th and Friday 30th December – 9.00 am – 1.00 pm Closed:  Monday 26th Dec, Tuesday 27th Dec, Thursday 29th Dec and Monday 2nd Jan. Dental Care Ireland Ashbourne Open – Friday 30th December  – ... Read More

Taking Care of Your Teeth in Sport

Taking Care of Your Teeth in Sport  Have you ever wondered what Michael Phelps or Rob Kearney eats in a day?     One of the most frequently posed questions to professional athletes is about calorie intake.  Professional sport is continuously evolving to create quicker, leaner, more physically imposing athletes – increasing dietary intake, supplementation and higher collision forces in contact sports. Often, athletes are expected to meet these increased physical demands while building an aesthetically pleasing media-friendly profile to attract sponsors and boost performance dependent revenues. Sports dentistry is a multidisciplinary science which covers prevention and treatment of sports injuries, and explores ways to improve oral health and athletic performance. As sports science has evolved, ‘prehab’ has played an increasingly greater role. By strengthening an athletes weaker areas, potential future injury can be minimised or ... Read More

The Budget & Your Dental Health

The Budget & Your Dental Health June Shannon takes a look at the implications of #Budget17 for dental patients. On budget day earlier this month the Department of Social Protection announced that changes to the dental and optical treatment schemes would benefit 2.5 million people. The details are still unclear as to exactly what dental treatments PRSI workers and the self-employed will be entitled to as a result of #Budget17 and any changes will have to be negotiated with dentists who provide treatment under the schemes before patients see the benefits. The PRSI Dental Scheme was established in 1952 and under the scheme PRSI workers were entitled to a range of treatments including an annual oral exam, gum cleaning, fillings, extractions and root canal treatment. However in Budget 2010 the range of treatments available was significantly reduced with the result that PRSI workers were only entitled to on oral examination once a year. The Irish Dental Association ... Read More

To Floss or Not to Floss?

To Floss or Not to Floss? Earlier in the summer media reports suggested that the health claims for dental flossing were unproven due to a lack of long-term studies. The issue received widespread media attention and caused a lot of confusion among the general public. The question remained To Floss or not to Floss? According to Dr Kieran Davitt, Group Clinical Advisor, Dental Care Ireland, while the media reports pointed to a lack of long-term studies or evidence to prove that flossing was effective in reducing dental decay, from a clinical point of view, “every dentist and every hygienist would notice a big difference in a patient’s oral health” if they are flossing regularly. Flossing reduces decay but it will also improve your gum health as well, Dr Davitt stated. According to Dr Davitt reports questioning the effectiveness of flossing have been a little misleading. “From a clinical point of view we can tell the difference if a patient is flossing…it will ... Read More

Book Your Oral Cancer Screening Today

Book Your Oral Cancer Screening Today According to the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) there are more than 300 cases of cancer of the mouth (oral cavity and pharynx) reported in Ireland every year. While traditionally oral cancer was more common in men than women, the ICS states that this is changing and the incidence rate of oral cancer has increased significantly in women at a rate of 3 per cent per year. The ICS also states that while oral cancer mainly affects older people younger people are now also being diagnosed. In Britain, the incidence of mouth cancer has increased faster than any other cancer in the past 25 years and according to the National Cancer Registry in Ireland, roughly half of all mouth cancers and even less of cancers of the pharynx are diagnosed at an early stage. According to the ICS while it depends on the cancer site, more than half of those with oral cancer who get treatment will have good survival outcomes and this continues to improve each ... Read More

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Do you have sensitive teeth? Do you experience pain in your teeth when you drink a hot or cold drink?  Are there some foods you avoid because you know they will irritate your teeth?  Many people ignore sensitivity in their teeth but for some people sensitivity can be a serious issue that affects their enjoyment of food and drink.  So what are the causes of sensitive teeth and what can you do about it? What is Sensitivity? Sensitivity is a sharp sensation that you might experience when you consume something either very hot or something very cold. Although it is generally brief and you will only experience a short burst of pain it can be very uncomfortable and may often force you to avoid the substance that triggered the pain. The worst offenders are tea, coffee, ice cream or even soup. What Causes Sensitivity? Sensitivity is caused by the weakening of the enamel layer that forms a protective covering over the tooth.  It causes dentin – the part of the tooth that ... Read More

Back to School? Check out our Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Back to School – Healthy Lunchbox Ideas It’s that time of year again – long winter nights and busy early mornings.  To make your transition back to school a bit easier, we’ve put together some ideas for some healthy lunchboxes for the kids. Sandwiches – No school lunch box blog would be complete without mentioning the lunchbox staple – the sandwich. Sandwiches don’t have to be boring.  Check out some the recipies below for some healthy meat free and even bread free options! Bread-Free – So if your kids have a wheat allergy or you’d just rather not give them bread every lunchtime, you could check out some alternatives. For example, you could wrap up some filings in iceberg lettuce leaves or roll up some salad in a slice of meat offering an easy alternative to the bread sandwich.  Check out some more non bread recipes here. Meat-Free – Most kids love a good ham sandwich but if you’d rather not give the kids meat everyday and find it hard ... Read More

Do’s and Dont’s of Teeth Whitening

Thinking about whitening your teeth? Check out our do’s and dont’s of teeth whitening first: 1) Do – Visit your Dentist First At Dental Care Ireland, we would always recommend that the first step in deciding whether or not to whiten your teeth should be taken in consultation with your dentist. Our whitening kits are tried and tested and proven not to cause any harm to your teeth. Your dentist will need to examine your teeth for any other underlying issues prior to whitening. So, find a good dentist, preferably registered with the Irish Dental Association and make an appointment for a teeth whitening consultation. At the consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and take x-rays to make sure the teeth are healthy and suitable for whitening. S/he will then take impressions of your teeth to make the teeth whitening trays for use with your home whitening kit. 2) Don’t – Whiten your teeth if you have an underlying reason for discolouration On ... Read More

Pregnancy and Your Teeth

Pregnancy and Your Teeth Did you know that your gums are more prone to gum disease when you’re pregnant? We’ve put some tips together for looking after your teeth while pregnant to help avoid gum disease and tooth decay. Gum Disease Due to the hormonal changes during pregnancy, gums can become more sensitive, which leads to increased inflammation and bleeding and risk of gum disease. We commonly refer to this as pregnancy gingivitis/gum disease. If left untreated, it can develop into full Periodontal Disease, which infects the bone and other tissue supporting the teeth. It is important therefore to keep the teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible, even more so during pregnancy. The best way is to continue to practice good oral hygiene techniques and maybe to give your teeth a good extra clean reaching in to the hard to reach areas. Keep a close eye on your gums and watch out for bleeding and swelling. Morning Sickness If you’re unlucky enough to develop ... Read More

Top 5 Teeth Offenders

We’ve all heard the discussions on sugar tax and childhood obesity. But what about the effects of sugar on our teeth? Unfortunately sugar is the enemy of teeth as well and we need to limit the amount of sugary and acidic foods we take in for the sake of our general oral health and to prevent tooth decay. To help you out, we’ve put together the following list of five sneaky teeth offenders to watch out for: Mints We’re all prone to popping a mint after a meal or in between meetings. However, mints contain high levels of sugar and should be avoided. If you’re regularly sucking or chomping on mints, you’re opening up your teeth to major sugar and acid attacks. Sugary drinks No big surprise here! We’re aware that fizzy drinks are bad for our teeth and don’t be fooled by the attraction of diet and sugar free options – the bubbles and acid are still wreaking havoc on your teeth. Our advice is to limit or completely reduce the sugary / fizzy ... Read More
Gum Treatments

Illness & Disease

Gum Disease Gum disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. Infection leads to a red, swollen and tender area. This area often bleeds when the teeth are brushed or the tender area is touched. Gum disease occurs when large amounts of bacteria stick together to form a sticky substance called dental plaque. Plaque is found where the gum and the teeth meet. It can cause extreme irritation which leads to a red, swollen and tender area. As the area becomes more swollen the gums separate from the teeth leading to the development of a pocket where more dental plaque lives and eventually damages the gum and kills the bone around the tooth. Approximately 80% of Irish people have got some degree of gum disease with the level worsening as we get older. Halitosis Halitosis, better known as bad breath, is a common reason why people attend their dentist. In about 90% of genuine halitosis cases, the origin of the odour is in the mouth itself. The most common location ... Read More
Common Conditions

Common Conditions

You are not alone! As dentists, we are often asked about these conditions that affect your mouth. Don’t suffer in silence; speak to one of our dentists today to get your mouth back in full working order. Bleeding gums Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Bleeding gums is a sign of gum disease and inflammation. Gum disease can easily be prevented by ensuring optimum oral hygiene. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which is caused by a build-up of plaque at the gum line. When plaque is allowed to gather beneath the gum, it releases inflammatory and destructive cells. This leads to swollen gums, bleeding and recession. In some people, it may progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is the loss of bone and tissues around the teeth. These tissues act as scaffolding which hold the teeth in place, and without which the teeth will start to become loose and ultimately be lost. Factors that lead to and exacerbate gum disease include: Poor oral ... Read More
Dental Check Up | Examination

Caring for Teeth & Gums

Optimum oral health starts at home with caring for teeth and gums. Keeping your mouth healthy is important for your overall health and wellbeing. Follow this simple advice to ensure that your smile is pristine clean! Brushing Brushing is the first step in your daily oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day for two minutes, in the morning and at night, using fluoride toothpaste. Choose a toothbrush that suits you – medium bristles for normal gums or soft bristles if you have recession. Electric brushes are great for those with stains or who need an extra helping hand. Brush all of the surfaces of your teeth and don’t forget your tongue. Angle your brush at 45º to the gum, gently massage the gum by vibrating your brush in a circular motion, and then roll down the tooth to the edge. Focus on 2-3 teeth at a time. Brush the outside, inside, and biting surfaces of your teeth. Once you finish, spit your toothpaste but don’t rinse. This allows the active ingredients in ... Read More
Effects of Sugar on Teeth

How much sugar are you having?

Find out the effects of sugar on teeth from your favourite soft drinks… Your morning coffee purchase could contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar. Make informed ... Read More

It’s not just how many Easter eggs, it’s how often…

Easter, that time of year where sensible eating goes out the window and it is socially acceptable to feed your children Easter eggs for breakfast, followed by an endless sugar feast. This weekend, children are estimated to consume up to a whopping 250 teaspoons of sugar. If this sounds like an obscene amount, that’s because it is. It has also been reported that the average child in Ireland will each receive at least five Easter eggs, with over a third receiving as many as 15. According the the World Health Organisation,one medium Easter egg product contains on average 23 teaspoons of sugar, with three times the daily maximum recommended amount for a six year old. You can find out more information on sugar consumption over Easter from health watchdog Safefood. They’ve also surveyed some of the most popular Easter chocolate choices to help you make informed decisions about sugar. There has been much talk in the media, about the hidden sugars and sugar content in ... Read More

Dental Benefits: PRSI, Medical Cards and Insurance

Dental Benefits: PRSI payers are entitled to one free dental check-up per year Book your free PRSI check-up here! Approximately two million people in Ireland pay PRSI but surprisingly only 25% of those eligible claim the free dental check-up that is available under the scheme! Everyone who pays PRSI is entitled to a free dental check-up. It is important to note that not all dentists are registered providers of the PRSI dental scheme, but here at Dental Care Ireland we ensure that all our practices are equipped to carry out your free exam. Visiting your dentist regularly is so important and will ensure that any issues are detected early, before they become bigger and often expensive problems. A regular check-up can pick up conditions such as tooth decay, teeth grinding, gum disease and even oral cancer. Prevention is the best dental treatment after all! Are you a medical card holder? There are a number of people who are eligible to a Medical Card, these card holders are ... Read More

Don’t let bad breath ruin your love life this Valentine’s Day

As tradition would have it, a kiss on Valentine’s Day is said to bring good luck along with a variety of health benefits, including lowered blood pressure, and increased resilience against tooth decay, due to an increase in saliva which helps fight plaque causing bacteria. However, there is one thing that is sure to stop you getting your kiss this Valentine’s Day, the dreaded curse of bad breath. There are many common causes for bad breath or Halitosis and according to the Irish Dental Association, a surprising 1 in 4 Irish people are suffering with chronic bad breath. In most cases it is easily treated and very preventable and shouldn’t be holding you back from a potentially life changing kiss. It is likely that your bad breath is caused by the bacteria in the mouth working to break down food in the mouth and leads to the formation of plaque on your teeth, tongue and gums. When combined with saliva, it can produce an unpleasant smelling gas. Make sure you adopt ... Read More
Win a free exam

Win a Free Exam, Clean & Tooth Whitening

Win free exam!! It might be a miserable January but spring is only just around the corner. We at Dental Care Ireland are here to help you look your best with an exclusive dental care offer available to our Facebook fans. The prize will include an examination with one of our dentists, teeth cleaning and take home whitening kit (worth up to €300) from the Dental Care Ireland Clinic of your choice. We have clinics in Cabinteely, Knocklyon, Castlebar, Kells and Tullamore. You’ll receive your exam and clean before having impression taken for your home whitening kit trays. Trays may take up to 10 days depending on the practice you visit. Castlebar patients should receive their trays within 48 hours. To enter, simply like and share the Facebook post and you will be added to a random draw.  The winner will be selected at 5pm on Monday 25 January and announced on Tuesday 26 January 2016. You must ‘like’ and ‘share’ the post before 4pm on Monday 25 January ... Read More

New Year, New Smoke-less you

New Year, New smoke-less you. There is nothing like the start of a new year to set ourselves resolutions – new goals for the coming year. January is a great time to start making healthy lifestyle choices, and there is more to choose from than just crash diets and expensive gym memberships. As health professionals, we help guide and motivate our patients every day about making smart decisions that will improve both your oral health and your overall wellbeing. One of the most important of these is quitting smoking. Set a date today, and plan to end this year as a new smoke-less you. Why quit smoking? Everyone has there own reasons for quitting; here are some of the common things that are important to our patients: Family – be a positive role model to your friends and family, keep the air your family breathe clean and reduce effects of secondary smoke. Health – reduce your risk of serious illnesses and improve your fitness. Money – save more or spend it ... Read More
Healthy Christmas gift idea

Stuck for a Christmas gift idea? Here are some of our favourite health-friendly gifts this year!

Stuck for a Christmas gift idea? Here are some of our favourite Healthy Christmas gift ideas. • Electric toothbrush – The perfect gift for someone who has everything, the electric toothbrush gives a professional clean feeling and is suitable for all ages. Compared to manual brushes, electric toothbrushes are more fun to use, clean more thoroughly and remove stains better. Check out Oral B professional care series for a range of toothbrushes approved by your dentist. • Bobble water bottle – Staying hydrated is important for your whole body, and it is also important for your teeth. Our saliva protects our mouths by washing away food, mineralising the surface of our teeth and buffering acid attacks. This BPA-Free bottle is a handy handbag sized gift, with a reusable carbon filter to improve the taste of tap water. • Fitbit – For the fitness fanatic in your family or friend looking to make a healthy start, the Fitbit series of wristbands are a great way to ... Read More
Top tips for healthy Christmas Smile

Top tips for Healthy Christmas Smile

It’s that time of year again – Christmas lights have started to twinkle, cards and Santa lists are being sent and the countdown has begun. It is a fun and festive time of year, filled with gatherings of family and friends, not to mention lots of delicious food and tempting treats. At Dental Care Ireland, we also like to get into the spirit of the season and sample the delights it has to offer. To help ensure you and your family have a wonderful holiday season, we would like to share some of our Top tips for healthy Christmas Smile. At Christmas time, there is likely to be a lot more sweet treats around at home and in work. Think tooth-smart and keep boxes of chocolates, biscuits and sweets out of arm’s reach. Frequency of sugar consumption causes decay, so instead of grazing on your favourite celebrations or sugar cookies, have a few as dessert after a meal. This will help you portion better and protect your teeth from damage. Beware of hidden sugars in ... Read More
Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Awards

Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Awards – Dental Care Ireland Nominations

3rd December 2015 Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist Awards – Dental Care Ireland Dentists nominated at the Dentist of the Year Awards Dental Care Ireland, the national group of dental practices has announced the nomination of two of its dentists, Dr Kieran Davitt and Dr Maura McGuinness for the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year Awards.  The Awards organised by Sensodyne and supported by the Irish Dental Association will take place at the RDS in Dublin on Saturday 5th of December 2015. Over 100 dentists from all over the country have been nominated for the awards for going above and beyond normal patient care, from regular check-ups to toothaches and emergency care to the delicate treatment of nervous patients or young children. Dental Care Ireland Group Clinical Advisor, Dr Kieran Davitt of Galway and Dr Maura McGuinness of Kells in County Meath have been nominated in recognition of the care they have provided to their patients.  Dr Kieran Davitt, BDentSc has ... Read More
About Dental Care Ireland

About Dental Care Ireland

Established in October 2014 by brothers Colm and Kieran Davitt, Dental Care Ireland offers a new approach to the provision of dental care in Ireland. According to Mr Colm Davitt, CEO Dental Care Ireland, the company’s strategy is to acquire and invest in local dental practices and develop them in partnership with the incumbent dentist. As the former CEO of Euromedic Ireland which specialised in radiology, Colm has years of experience of building up successful group practices in this way.  “This time last year I started looking at the dental sector and given my experience in building Euromedic I felt there was probably an opportunity in the dental sector to do something similar in terms of the creation of a high quality group of dental practices,” he stated. “The market is very fragmented in Ireland most of the dental market is comprised of single handed practitioners …so I felt that there was an opportunity to create a group which would take the best ... Read More
Oral Cancer - Lowering risk

Oral Cancer – Lowering risk

Oral Cancer Lowering your risk Oral cancer is the 8th most common cancer worldwide and affects the lips, tongue and mouth. Oral cancer is no longer a disease confined to heavy smokers and drinkers, and is something that should be examined for at all ages. In the early stages, oral cancer can go unnoticed. Unfortunately, most cases of oral cancer are found in the late stage when treatment is extremely difficult and invasive. Oral cancer screening is one of the many reasons why a regular dental check-up is so important. At every check-up, your dentist will examine your entire mouth for early signs of oral cancer. Visit for more information.  Early detection of oral cancer could save your life. Examine your mouth on a regular basis for changes that last more than two weeks. Things to look out for are non-healing ulcers, extremely dry patches, changes in colour or texture, unexplainable lumps, or difficultly swallowing. If you are concerned about ... Read More
Mouth Gaurds

Mouth Guards

It is an exciting time in Irish sports with the Rugby World Cup starting tonight and the GAA All-Ireland Senior Championship final this weekend. Just like professional athletes, your family deserves the best protection while playing contact sports.  As the school and college term kicks off, there is no better time to invest in protective mouth guards. Contact sports are a great way to stay active. At the same time, they put our teeth and jaw at risk of contact injury. As dentists, we frequently see dental injuries such as fractured teeth, teeth pushed up into the socket, knocked out teeth and occasionally broken or dislocated jaws.  How can I protect my teeth? Protecting your teeth against dental injury starts with a custom sports guard. Unlike store-bought “boil and bite” guards, custom sports gum shields protect your teeth, gums and surrounding bone. Store-bought guards are more bulky, lack retention, interfere with speech, breathing and need frequent ... Read More

Stress and your Oral Health

Stress and your Oral Health We are all too familiar with stress, and how it can affect our energy levels, sleep patterns and mood. What you may not be aware of is how stress can also have an impact on your mouth. As dentists, we are seeing more and more cases of patients with stress-related oral health problems. If you are concerned about your oral health, please visit your dentist for a consultation. Teeth grinding and clenching Bruxism is the habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. People often do this at night-time or while concentrating on something. You may notice yourself waking up to a sore jaw, suffering from frequent headaches or a partner may hear you grinding at night. Over time bruxism can lead to extensive tooth wear, cracked teeth, jaw pain, sensitive teeth and headaches. Treatment for teeth grinding and clenching involves jaw exercises, and creating a custom night guard (splint), which acts to protect your teeth, correctly reposition your jaw, and ... Read More
Your oral health

Your oral health

Did you know that your dentist could spot signs of coeliac disease and diabetes during a simple dental examination? We often view oral health as separate from general health but the two have much in common. Some risk factors for chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer are the same for oral disease. Yet few people connect what’s going on in their mouth with what’s happening with the rest of their body. The links are largely ignored despite mouth problems impacting school attendance, nutrition and an individual’s overall quality of life and wellbeing. Dentists can identify possible signs of a number of serious conditions due to the fact that health issues can lead to oral problems and vice versa in some cases. Mouth lesions could be a sign of a HIV infection and pale and bleeding gums could signal the presence of blood disorders. The presence of aphthous ulcers in the mouth could also mean a patient has coeliac or Crohn’s disease.According to the ... Read More
Teeth Whitening – Debunking the Myths

Teeth Whitening – Debunking the Myths

Everyone notices a beautiful white smile. However many of our patients come to us for advice when their teeth have become stained or darkened over time. Superficial staining from tea, coffee, and red wine can often be removed with a professional cleaning. Beyond this, teeth whitening is a safe and non-destructive option that can brighten up the appearance of your smile. Below are some of the commonly asked questions our patients have about teeth whitening – time to debunk the myths! Does it work? Yes! Teeth whitening will lighten the natural tooth surface. The extent to which it works depends on the original shade of your teeth and the reason the teeth were discoloured in the first place. Younger and lightly discoloured teeth are easier to bleach. Older teeth or those with a grey or black appearance will take longer. It is important to be aware that only the natural tooth will whiten, so any fillings or crowns you have will not change colour. Your dentist will ... Read More
Five top tips for looking after your teeth

Five top tips for looking after your teeth

Keeping your mouth fresh and healthy is easy – follow our top tips to get the sparkle back in your smile!   Scrub up We all know we should brush our teeth. But do you know when and for how long? Brushing straight after food will lead to tooth wear, so brush before eating in the morning and last thing before bed. Use a medium bristle brush for 2 mins for best results. Electric toothbrushes are a great option for patients with stains or who find it hard to use a manual brush. Spit don’t rinse! After you brush, spit out the toothpaste from your mouth – but don’t rinse it! Allow time for the active ingredients in your paste to work their magic on the surfaces of your teeth. What lies beneath Remember the last time you cleaned the dark corners of your fridge or cooker? Brushing only cleans the visible surfaces of your teeth, and doesn’t reach the plaque that gets caught in the nooks and crannies around your mouth. Don’t forget to clean between your ... Read More

Dental Care Ireland Takes the Ache out of Practice Management

Established in October 2014 by brothers Colm and Kieran Davitt, Dental Care Ireland offers a new approach to the provision of dental care in Ireland. According to Mr Colm Davitt, CEO Dental Care Ireland, the company’s strategy is to acquire and invest in local dental practices and develop them in partnership with the incumbent dentist. As the former CEO of Euromedic Ireland which specialised in radiology, Colm has years of experience of building up successful group practices in this way. “This time last year I started looking at the dental sector and given my experience in building Euromedic I felt there was probably an opportunity in the dental sector to do something similar in terms of the creation of a high quality group of dental practices,” he stated. “The market is very fragmented in Ireland most of the dental market is comprised of single handed practitioners …so I felt that there was an opportunity to create a group which would take the best ... Read More
Families First at Dental Care Ireland

Families First at Dental Care Ireland

We put families first at dental care Ireland. Dental Care Ireland is Ireland’s new network of local family friendly dental practices. Established in October 2014 by brothers Colm Davitt and dentist, Kieran Davitt, Dental Care Ireland’s aim is to have a group of patient focussed, local, family friendly, dental practices across the country. For dentists, Dental Care Ireland gives dentists the means and support to provide high quality professional care to patients without having to worry about the day-to-day administration requirements of running the business. For patients this means they will continue to receive the highest standards of treatment from their dentist with the added benefits that a national brand brings, including more frequent access to treatment and availability of care. The team at Dental Care Ireland consists of qualified reliable and trustworthy professionals, committed to delivering the highest standards of dental care to their patients.  Our ... Read More

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