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Coronavirus: A first hand account

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

​This weekend saw the opening of urgent dental centres (UDCs) in five locations throughout Northern Ireland. Philip McLorinan describes what it’s like to work in one of these clinics in a blog post on the British Dental Association website. You can read about it here.

Finally an update from Lena:

“I was proud to serve the NHS on Wednesday when I volunteered and was able to use my skills in one of the Urgent Dental Centres to treat the emergency cases.”

Stay safe,

Lena Turner

Managing Toothache At Home

Monday, March 30th, 2020

This PDF contains some helpful advice on how to manage dental problems until you can see a dentist.

Fluoride – Your Families Best Defence

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Fluoride is the best cavity fighter you can find as you guide your family to a lifetime of bright smiles! It keeps the whole family’s teeth strong no matter what their age.


How fluoride works

Every day the enamel on teeth is attacked by acids produced in dental plaque. These acids can erode through the enamel and result in decay. That is where fluoride comes in. As it reaches your teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel and prevent tooth decay. It can even help stop the decay process. You can get the benefits of fluoride from a variety of sources . It works on the outside of your teeth. At home you should brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. Fluoride rinses can also provide additional protection. Your dentist can also apply fluoride to your teeth in the surgery.

How To Floss

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Step 1: Pull 18 to 24inches (30 to 45 cm) of dental floss from the dispenser and wrap the ends around your middle fingers.
Step 2: Hold the floss tightly against each tooth. Move the floss away fom the gum, gently rubbing the floss up and down against the side of the tooth.

How To Brush

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Remember each tooth has 5 surfaces: 4 walls and 1 chewing surface. All need to be brushed individually and thoroughly.

Step 1: Place brush at angle along outer gumline. Wiggle gently back and forth. Repeat for each tooth.
Step 2: Brush inside surface of each tooth, using wiggling technique in Step 1.
Step 3: Brush chewing surface of each tooth.
Step 4: Use tip of brush to brush behind each front tooth, both top and bottom.
Step 5: Don’t forget to brush your tongue!

Four Steps To A Bright Smile

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
  1. Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Floss every day.
  3. Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.
  4. Visit your dentist regularly and follow advice given by dentist.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Wisdom tooth x-ray

Impacted wisdom teeth are common, but usually cause no trouble unless they partially penetrate the gum, leaving a flap of tissue over most of the crown.  Plaque, bacteria and food debris then collect between the tooth and the gum, which often becomes inflamed and painful.  There may also be swollen lymph nodes in the upper neck and difficulty opening the mouth.  Rinsing the area with warm salt water and taking pain killers may relieve symptoms but, if infection is present antibiotic drugs are required.