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Mind Your Mouth! Charity Partnership Announcement

Dental Care Ireland Partners with National Diabetes Charity Dental Care Ireland, a new network of local dental practices nationwide, today launched a year-long partnership with Diabetes Ireland, the national diabetes charity. In Ireland, it is estimated that 250,000 people are living with diabetes, 50% of whom are unaware of their condition. Diabetes is a lifelong condition and if untreated can lead to complications, including oral health problems such as gum disease. The aim of the partnership is to raise funds towards Diabetes Ireland’s regional community support services, as well as increasing awareness about the importance of oral health care for people with diabetes. Speaking at the launch, Dr Paul O’Dwyer, group clinical advisor, Dental Care Ireland, said: “People with diabetes can be more prone to oral health problems such as gum disease, dry mouth, poor healing and oral infections. In most cases, mouth complications can be easily treated, but a thorough ... Read More
Our Swords dentist is thriving

Family values key for Swords dentist

Practice manager Christine Downey of our Swords dentist is delighted that the practice has been officially opened   The recently-refurbished Dental Care Ireland in Swords has been operating since July 2016, but in reality the practice itself has been a vital part of the community for 30 years, when it was run by Dr David Patton. Having been known around the bustling village as Patton’s, patients are now very keen to come in and take a look at the refurbished building. “This is a very long-standing practice in the Swords area, so patients are really happy to see a lot of our team are unchanged from when Dr Patton ran it. The refurbishment makes a big difference too,” says Christine Downey, practice manager at Dental Care Ireland Swords. Friendly and accommodating “I’ve only been working here for just over a month, but the team is so friendly and accommodating that it feels like a lot longer than that!” she says. This Swords dentist has a great mix of ... Read More
It is important your child's back to school dental health is as good as it can be

Back to school dental health: make sure you’re ready!

Back to school dental health can sometimes be overlooked but it is crucially important. Make sure your child’s teeth are kept healthy and strong by following these tips   Our long, hot summer is coming to an end, which means back to school time is approaching fast. There are plenty of boxes to tick to make sure your child is ready for the new term, and their back to school dental health is one of them! It’s so important to make sure their teeth and oral hygiene is as good as it can be, which is why we are offering a free child’s dental examination with adult examinations for the month of August. But other than taking them to the dentist for their regular check-up, what can you do to make sure their dental health is excellent? Mark your calendar Firstly, it’s worthwhile to take a few minutes out of your day to plan dental visits in advance, so as not to interfere with your child’s school schedule. “It is a great idea to plan all orthodontic visits at ... Read More
Our dentist in Carlow is a key part of the community

Local dentist in Carlow a key part of the community

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing an outstanding, community dental experience. If you need a dentist in Carlow, we can help   Our long-standing practice on Tullow Street in Carlow town has gone from strength to strength since a state-of-the-art renovation last year. Now, we are delighted to announce that the practice will be shortly taking on a new dentist and hygienist. This July, dentist Roisin Phelan will be joining the Carlow practice, and will also be available for appointments in Tullamore. Furthermore, hygienist Claire McLoughlin is set to start in Carlow. Roisin and Claire will be valuable additions to our team, as we look to give our patients the very best experience. Our Carlow practice is a vital part of the community, something that practice manager Sinead Dowling really values. “We’ve all been working here for a good amount of time, and we know all our patients on a first-name basis. There aren’t too many people we don’t recognise, ... Read More

Dentist in Ashbourne providing a valuable service

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing an outstanding, community dental experience. If you need a dentist in Ashbourne, we can help   Our state-of-the-art dentist in Ashbourne celebrated its first anniversary recently, and welcomed its 5,000th patient. It was a fantastic occasion for the practice, which has reinforced its position as a cornerstone of the community in the lovely Meath town. Our practice in Ashbourne is made up of experienced, local dentists operating in a pristine environment, as a key Dental Care Ireland strategy is to retain existing 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. 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. “The people are so brilliant here, and it’s a pleasure to come into work every day. I run ... Read More
The Dental Care Ireland team

Staff training day and BBQ a roaring success!

Dental Care Ireland’s annual training day and summer barbeque was a fantastic event, and was enjoyed by all our hard-working staff from around the country   On Saturday, 30th June, the sun was shining and spirits were high as Dental Care Ireland staff from around the country gathered for our annual training day and summer barbeque at Dublin’s Morrison Hotel. These events mean so much to us, as they give us an opportunity to review the year we’ve had, see how we can get even better for you – our patients – and of course have some fun with our colleagues and friends! Working for patients We were delighted to see over 120 staff members at the event, many of whom travelled long distances to be there. The focal point of the activities was a full-day training session, which was facilitated by the great team in Horton Consulting along with our Group Clinical Advisor Dr Paul O’Dwyer. This action-packed agenda set the tone for the day and was a fantastic way to ... Read More
Dental Care Ireland hosts a training day

Dental Care Ireland Hosts Annual Training Day

Dental Care Ireland’s annual training day and summer barbeque was a fantastic opportunity to improve the patient experience at practices around the country   Collaboration was the key theme at Dental Care Ireland’s annual training day and summer BBQ on Saturday, 30th June in Dublin’s Morrison Hotel. With over 120 staff members in attendance from practices across the country, the event was designed to bring together the entire Dental Care Ireland team for a day of practical training and peer discussion. Horton Consulting’s Laura Horton and Michael Bentley led an action-packed agenda, with in-depth presentations on how to enhance each room in the practice. From patient lounge and dentist room, to hygienist room and managers’ office, the training explored different ways to expand current systems and improve the overall patient experience. As part of the programme, Dr Paul O’Dwyer, group clinical advisor at Dental Care Ireland, also provided an overview ... Read More

Dental Care Ireland Supports 2018 Trinity DOVE Programme

Dental Care Ireland is proud to support the 2018 Dental Overseas Voluntary Elective (DOVE) Programme at Trinity College Dublin. The annual initiative, run by the School of Dental Science, will see 22 fourth year dental students travel overseas this summer to provide voluntary dental care in some of the world’s most impoverished locations. This year’s destinations include Tanzania, Guatemala, Cambodia, Egypt, India and St. Vincent. Speaking ahead of the 2018 trip, Emma Mulville, DOVE representative, said: “DOVE provides an opportunity for us to make a really positive contribution to the communities that we visit. It also allows us to broaden our experience and knowledge in a very different dental setting. Our committee has worked hard throughout the year to raise funds to make it possible, and it is wonderful to have the additional support of Dental Care Ireland.” Colm Davitt, chief executive, Dental Care Ireland, commented: “Dental Care Ireland is delighted ... Read More
We are offering free consultations for braces in Dublin

Free consultations for braces in Dublin this summer

Dental Care Ireland is offering free consultations for braces in Dublin this summer. If you are interested, please get in touch with us   Orthodontics (or braces) has become extremely popular all over Ireland. In years gone by, people assumed that only children could really benefit from wearing braces, as their jaws are soft enough to be corrected by orthodontic treatments. But as technology has improved, so too has the popularity of braces among people of all ages. With that in mind, we are delighted to announce that our practices in Knocklyon, Swords and Cabinteely are offering free consultations for braces in Dublin until August 31st if you are looking to get a professional opinion on this specialised treatment. These days, there are different types of braces that you can get. These include Invisalign braces, which work to straighten teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners which are custom-made for the patient’s mouth; and ceramic braces which are ... Read More
Claim your PRSI dental entitlements

PRSI dental entitlements: claim for cost savings

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. If you want to check whether you are due PRSI dental entitlements, get in touch with us   It can be expensive to take proper care of your health. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, some people forego dental care in a bid to save money, which invariably causes issues down the line in terms of their oral and dental health. But thankfully, help is at hand. Last year, the government introduced the Treatment Benefit Scheme which could be claimed by all those who qualify under PRSI, including self-employed individuals. This includes small business owners, farmers, tradespeople, freelancers, contractors, and professionals. We are delighted that PRSI dental entitlements are part of that rollout. Now, everyone who qualifies will be able to have an exam, scale and polish in any of our nationwide practices for just €15. This price applies no matter where you are in the country, ... Read More
Dentist jobs in Ireland

Dentist jobs in Ireland: come and work with us

At Dental Care Ireland, we are offering a number of hygienist and dentist jobs in Ireland throughout our network of practices   It’s a good time to be a dentist in Ireland. With the government bringing in helpful entitlements for PRSI contributors and the self-employed, as well as a steady stream of informational articles and a sugar tax, awareness is up among the general public of the need to take care of their teeth and we are offering a number of dentist jobs in Ireland to reflect that demand. Dedicated and reliable At Dental Care Ireland, we’re on the lookout for dedicated, reliable dentists who can help grow our network and continue to provide the great service for which we’ve become known. As of June 2018, we have a network of 13 established general and specialist dental practices around Ireland and are committed to providing the highest standards of care to families across the country. We use the latest technology and materials supported by scientific ... Read More
Are you looking for an emergency dentist in Dublin?

Are you looking for an emergency 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 an emergency dentist in Dublin   We all lead busy lives, and sometimes we can’t fit everything into a 9-5 schedule. That includes going to the dentist. We understand that issues can occur with your teeth at any time, and that’s why we can help with an emergency dentist in Dublin operating outside normal business hours. 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 has been newly refurbished, and if you’re looking for an emergency dentist in Dublin, opens late on both Mondays (till 8pm) and Tuesdays (till 7pm), as well as opening early at 8am from Monday-Friday. Our practice in Knocklyon, previously owned by Dr Vincent McDonagh, is conveniently located in Knocklyon Shopping Centre and is ... Read More
root canal treatment in dublin

Do you need root canal treatment in Dublin?

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. If you need to get root canal treatment in Dublin, please get in touch with us   Root canal treatment is a specialised treatment that helps to save or repair a tooth that has been significantly damaged or infected. This treatment involves opening up the tooth at the crown, removing the infected pulp, cleaning and shaping the canals and filling the canal system. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked or broken tooth, a deep cavity which regularly has food stuck in it, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma that has been sustained by the patient. The term “root canal” itself comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root. During the treatment itself, the canal system is filled with a substance known as gutta percha which has a rubber-like consistency and prevents another infection in the canal. The crown of the tooth is then ... Read More
Make a success of your child's first dental visit

Make a success of your child’s first dental visit

Your child’s first dental visit is a hugely important step towards making them feel comfortable and secure in what is a new environment   The old notion of the dentist as someone to be feared is thankfully long gone, but that doesn’t mean that everyone goes to their local practice completely free of nerves. These nerves generally derive from difficult trips to the dentist in childhood, or from exaggerated scare stories heard through the grapevine. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your child’s first dental visit is as comfortable and stress-free as possible, so they can be properly introduced to an environment that is both safe and friendly. How do children’s teeth differ from adults’ teeth? Children’s teeth differ from adults’ teeth in size, colour and consistency. Generally, children’s teeth are smaller, thinner and whiter than adult teeth, which are bigger, darker, more dense and a little more yellow. Given the size and state of ... Read More
Soft food ideas for braces

Do you need soft food ideas for braces?

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. If you need soft food ideas for braces, or information on any other dental matter, please get in touch with us   As we’ve seen in previous blogs, orthodontic treatment is becoming increasingly popular with both adults and children, as technology improves to make braces less noticeable, more effective and more comfortable for people. But there are also practical, day-to-day realities when it comes to orthodontics, particularly when you get them fitted and are getting used to them. One thing you need to have are soft food ideas for braces. Of course, it is important that you steer clear of hard foods like nuts and hard sweets which may damage braces when you’ve just had them fitted, regardless of whether they are made from ceramic, steel or Invisalign. But the reality is that many foods could be classified as “hard” so what are the best soft food ideas for braces? Dairy ... Read More
Official opening of Dental Care Ireland Carlow dental practice

PRSI dental cover: make sure you claim

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. If you want to check whether you are due PRSI dental cover, get in touch with us   Last year, the government introduced the Treatment Benefit Scheme which could be claimed by 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 extends to 450,000 self-employed workers around the country, and we are delighted that PRSI dental cover is part of that rollout. Now, everyone who qualifies will be able to have an exam, scale and polish in any of our nationwide practices for just €15. This is a fantastic development, but what exactly does PRSI dental cover encompass when we talk about an exam, scale and polish? Simply put, a scale and polish is another way to describe a dental cleaning, whereby your dentist will remove plaque ... Read More
Are you looking for braces in Dublin?

If you’re looking for braces in Dublin, we can help

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. If you need to get braces in Dublin, get in touch with us   Orthodontics (or braces) has become extremely popular all over Ireland. Up until recently, people assumed that braces could only really be worn by children, as their jaws and teeth were generally softer than those of adults, and therefore would be able to be “corrected” effectively. But now we have seen a huge upturn in the popularity of braces among older people as technology improves. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that all our Dublin practices – in Knocklyon, Swords, Ballsbridge and Cabinteely – have an orthodontist on hand to help if you are looking for specialised treatment. There are different types of braces that you can get. These include Invisalign braces, which work to straighten teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners which are custom-made for the patient’s mouth; and ceramic ... Read More
Are you looking for a dental hygienist in Dublin?

Are you looking for a dental hygienist in Dublin?

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. If you are interested in seeing a dental hygienist in Dublin, get in touch with us   We all know that prevention is better than cure, and never has that adage been more true than in the dentist’s surgery. Regular visits to your dentist are essential in order to identify potential problems before they start to cause you pain or discomfort, and your dental hygienist plays a key role in preventing these nasty issues arising. A dental hygienist’s role is to prevent all types of dental diseases progressing. There are a number of ways in which this can be done, including scaling and polishing to stop swollen gums (gingivitis) from appearing or to treat the first sign of them, deep cleaning to aid in the treatment of periodontal disease, and tooth stain removal. Your dental hygienist in Dublin or elsewhere around the country can also give you excellent dietary and dental hygiene ... Read More
Our new dentist in Greystones

Dentist in Greystones is the newest DCI practice

Dental Care Ireland Greystones practice manager Rachel Coughlan is delighted that the dentist in Greystones has undergone such a successful renovation   The brand-new Dental Care Ireland practice in Greystones is located right in the heart of the bustling main street on Church Road, and even still it’s a dental practice that has been a part of the community for decades. Father and daughter team “The dental practice was opened in 1980 by Gerry Kilfeather, who still works here alongside his daughter Gina,” says Rachel Coughlan, practice manager of the Greystones dental practice. “We’ve been an integral part of the town for nearly four decades now, so it’s great to be able to rebrand while retaining staff who the community know and trust.” This new arrival to the Dental Care Ireland network of nationwide practices is our first dental practice in Wicklow, and it’s a welcome addition. “Our practice is located in a fine building in the centre of the ... Read More
Are you looking for dental implants in Dublin?

Are you looking for dental implants in Dublin?

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. If you’re looking to avail of dental implants in Dublin, we’re here for you.   Missing teeth are a nuisance: you can feel self-conscious and uncomfortable about what is, essentially, a very easily-solved problem. Dental implants are a great way to deal with the issue of missing teeth, and are a good, permanent alternative to dentures. But what is a dental implant? Basically, an implant is an artificial titanium root used to anchor a permanent ceramic crown or removable denture. Implants become part of your jawbone, so the highest-quality material needs to be used. Titanium will not result in an allergic reaction so is a fantastic option. Once fitted, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. The dental implants will not look out of place in your mouth and the treatment can take anywhere from six weeks to six months, depending on the specific treatment ... Read More
The Dental Care Ireland dentist in Tullamore

Practice Profile: Tullamore dentist is thriving

Dental Care Ireland practice manager Teresa O’Toole discusses why it’s so refreshing and rewarding to work in the Tullamore, Co Offaly practice   “We’re just so busy at the moment; we’ve averaging roughly 100 new patients every month.” These are the words of Dental Care Ireland practice manager Teresa O’Toole, who has seen huge changes in this Tullamore dentist since she started working there in 1992. “This practice has been here for 42 years, and when I started there were three dentists: Dr Bannon, Dr Ryan and Dr Scott,” says Teresa. “Of the three, Dr Kieran Ryan is the only one of them still working here as Dr Scott and Dr Bannon have retired.” A complete refurbishment “We’re still in the same building, but the practice has been revolutionised. We had a complete refurbishment in February 2017 and we now have nine staff, including a female dentist Dr Eadin Lawless, and hygienist Donna Paton, who is also president of the Irish Dental ... Read More
Dr Paul O'Dwyer, Karen Koster and Kate O'Riordan launching the Dental Care Ireland "First Dental Visit" campaign

Karen Koster launches ‘First Dental Visit’ campaign

Throughout the month of March 2018, Dental Care Ireland practices nationwide will be offering a free first dental visit to all patients under five.   TV broadcaster and mum Karen Koster was joined this week by Kate O’Riordan (age 2) to launch Dental Care Ireland’s ‘First Dental Visit’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of establishing a good dental health routine from an early age. Throughout the month of March 2018, Dental Care Ireland practices nationwide will be offering a free first dental visit to all patients under five. Speaking at the launch, Karen Koster said, “We all know about teething and tooth fairies when it comes to our children’s dental health, but otherwise I think there can be a tendency to wait until a problem arises before seeking advice. At the baby and toddler stage in particular, it is so helpful to speak to a dentist and find out what you should or shouldn’t be doing to prevent potential issues from ... Read More
Dealing with bad breath

Dealing with bad breath for Valentine’s Day

It’s something that nobody wants to consider, but bad breath affects one in four of us. Make sure your dental health is in good shape by following these tips   Valentine’s Day is a time for love, and is treasured by couples everywhere. A kiss on Valentine’s Day is something many people will be hoping for, but for one in four people, bad breath may hamper their chances. According to the Irish Dental Association, 25% of Irish people are dealing with chronic bad breath (or halitosis) at any given time, but even so, it’s a reality that many people can avoid by following just a few quick steps. A common cause of chronic bad breath is bacteria in the mouth working to naturally break down food, leading to some plaque lingering on your teeth, tongue and gums. When combined with saliva, this plaque can produce an unpleasant smell. It’s important to remember that brushing only deals with about 60% of this plaque build-up, so make sure that you floss regularly to ... Read More

Preparing Your Teeth for Pregnancy

“Women are more prone to gum disease during pregnancy, explains Dr Paul O’Dwyer, group clinical advisor at Dental Care Ireland. “Gums can often become swollen or tender, and may bleed during brushing. The good news is that they usually return to normal after delivery, and any sensitivity should also diminish. In the meantime, keeping up a thorough oral health routine will help, as well as ensuring plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.” Gum Disease Hormonal changes during pregnancy increase blood flow to the gum tissue, which can cause gums to become more sensitive, leading to inflammation and bleeding. This condition is referred to as pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. It affects between 50% and 70% of women at some time during their pregnancy. 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 ... Read More
Are you looking for teeth whitening in Dublin?

A guide to teeth whitening in Dublin

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. If you’re looking to avail of teeth whitening in Dublin, we’re here for you.   More and more often, people are enquiring about teeth whitening in Dublin, and indeed all around the country. It is an incredibly popular treatment, and for good reason. It helps give people a better smile, and makes their teeth gleam. Interestingly, one of the biggest misconceptions about dental health is that our teeth are white in colour. In fact, they are more likely to be grey or yellow. Baby teeth look very white, due to a thin layer of enamel which allows light through to your teeth. However, as we age, our permanent teeth grow, which have stronger dentine and enamel. Light doesn’t travel through these easily, so they look darker. But that fact doesn’t stop people looking to get their teeth whitened! At Dental Care Ireland, we recommend that the first step in deciding whether or not to ... Read More
Caring for Children's Teeth

The Importance of Baby Teeth

Teeth Tips for Toddlers & Babies Despite the fact that baby teeth will eventually fall out, the importance of deciduous or “baby” teeth cannot be overstated. A good primary dentition helps your child to establish strong biting and chewing patterns, develop speech, and hold healthy space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. Baby teeth are just as prone to cavities as permanent or ‘adult’ teeth. When a baby tooth falls out prematurely or is lost to decay, other teeth can tilt into the empty spaces and it can cause delay in eruption, as the ‘gate-keeper’ is now lost. Teaching children to look after their baby teeth from an early age, will also help pave the way for a healthy adult mouth. Development of Baby Teeth Even before they appear, baby teeth have begun their journey as far back as the second trimester of pregnancy. They usually start to erupt into the baby’s mouth at about six months, although sometimes earlier. ... Read More
The DCI dentist in Castlebar

Dentist in Castlebar looking after the community

Dental Care Ireland practice manager Margaret Robinson discusses why the community means so much for the dentist in Castlebar, Co Mayo   “We have had patients coming here since the year dot, and they keep coming back.” These are the words of Dental Care Ireland Castlebar practice manager Margaret Robinson, who stresses the importance of the community to the team in the vibrant Co Mayo town. Dental Care Ireland took over the running of this Castlebar practice in March 2015, but its ties in the community go back nearly 40 years. “I’ve been working in this dental practice for over 30 years – we’re a huge part of the town and everyone knows us,” says Margaret. “Since Dental Care Ireland have come on board, we have overseen a complete refurbishment with more comfortable surgeries, seats and a fantastic waiting room, and overall a much more modern feel. Many of our staff have been here for decades.” This dentist in Castlebar employs 11 staff. “We ... Read More
Invisalign braces

Invisalign braces: the future of orthodontics?

Dental Care Ireland is committed to providing a reliable, community dental experience. If you are interested in orthodontic treatment, get in touch with us   Orthodontics is defined as the treatment of irregularities of the teeth and the jaws. Up until recently, people assumed that braces could only really be worn by children, as their jaws and teeth were generally softer than those of adults, and thus had the potential to be “corrected” effectively. Fortunately, technology has improved hugely the design of braces, and now the likes of Invisalign braces have resulted in more controlled, faster, less forceful orthodontic movement of teeth. Importantly, these new braces, and others like them, are far more discreet than some of the older models, resulting in a surge of interest from adults. Barely visible Invisalign braces work to straighten teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners which are custom-made for the patient’s mouth. The aligners are removable ... Read More

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
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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
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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
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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
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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 mouthcancerawareness.ie 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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