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Top Tips from the Irish Dental Association for 2011

Article posted by dwc | 12:01:2011


A toothbrush is not for life, it’s just for three months!

Dentists issue timely top tip guide for better dental health

Tuesday January 11th 2010. The Irish Dental Association is urging Irish people to put dental health at the top of their New Year resolution list.

The President of the Association, Dr Billy Davis said people need to take action and following the IDA’s top ten tips for 2011 would help ensure healthy teeth while also saving money in the long run.

Now that the excesses of Christmas and the New Year are behind us and everyone is getting back to work and school, it’s a good time to examine how we care for our teeth. Preventative dental care is important for people of all ages - particularly young people – and is the key to long term dental health’ Dr Davis said.

Dr Davis pointed out that this was more important than ever given the cuts made by the Government to the PRSI scheme last year as well as the virtual destruction of the Medical card scheme.

I know from my own practice and from talking to other dentists that people get a little too attached to their toothbrushes. I had one patient who changed his toothbrush annually! You need to change your brush every 3 months. Not enough Irish people floss on a daily basis and this also needs to change. Patients should also commit to visiting their local dentist regularly’ Dr Davis concluded.





  1. For consistent cleaning, brush your teeth and gums at the same time every day, e.g. after breakfast and before going to bed. Supervise children under seven.


  1. Only use the recommended amount of toothpaste and ensure all teeth and gums are cleaned thoroughly. You can use different sized inter-dental brushes to clean plaque from inaccessible areas.


  1. Make a special effort to quit smoking. Smoking is a major cause of preventable death and oral problems include bad breath, stained teeth, tooth loss and oral cancer. Your dentist can advise.

  2. Change your toothbrush every three months and make sure to floss at least once a day.

  3. Take time to read the sugar content of your food and drink and reduce intake of high sugar content foods. Keep snacks between meals to low-sugar or sugar-free foods.

  4. Remember there is a relationship between oral health and general health and ask your dentist if a visit to your medical practitioner is appropriate.

  5. Make a resolution to visit your dentist regularly so that small problems can be resolved before they become bigger, more complicated and expensive.

  6. If you decide to whiten your teeth, make sure to discuss with your dentist who can ensure safe and professional teeth whitening under the care of a qualified dental practitioner.

  7. Arrange preventative fissure sealants for children reaching the age of six or seven as directed by your dentist. Follow up at six or twelve months intervals.

  8. If you notice ulcers or lumps in your mouth or neck persisting for more than a week, arrange to have an oral cancer screening appointment with your dentist.







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