Patient Referral Competition

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Almost 75% of our new patients come from referrals, and we thought it was high-time we said THANK YOU for that!
We’re so grateful that so many of you leave the surgery and go straight out to tell your friends and family of the great experience you had. A recommendation from a trusted source goes a long way so thank you so much for supporting us in this way.

Referrals thank you


But words aren’t enough. We want to thank you with a little competition. Here are all the details:

PRIZE: Brand new 42″ TV

CLOSING DATE: 31st May 2016


1. Refer your friends and family to Mullingar Dental Centre

2. At the end of their first appointment, they will write their name & number and your name & number on two entry cards and enter both in the competition

3. New patients can only submit one person’s name who referred them (if lots of people recommended us just go with the one who convinced you the most!) i.e. At the end of each appointment, only 2 entries to the competition will be made.

4. You can refer as many people as you like and each person that mentions you will be an entry to the competition for you. That means the more people you refer, the better your chances are!

5. We are currently offering FREE orthodontic consultations, and if you refer someone who comes in for one it still counts as an entry for both of you!

6. On June 1st 2016, we will randomly select a winner and call you on the number provided

Good luck and get referring!

Why are our government not doing more for our children?

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Below is a shocking video from Jamie Oliver showing a six year boy having his decayed teeth extracted under General Anaesthetic in a hospital in the UK. We have taken an initiative here in Mullingar Dental to help teach good oral hygiene habits to young children.

Jamie’s video is very graphic and shows exactly what happens when a child has teeth extracted under General Anaesthetic. This is a completely preventable situation and is not one any six year old should find themselves in!

We have taken an initiative here in Mullingar Dental to help teach good oral hygiene habits to young children.

Scotland introduced the Childsmile scheme in 2007 in a bid to reduce the rate of dental decay in Scottish children. Childsmile offers young children free tooth brushes, tooth paste and two fluoride varnish applications per year. Children attending nursery, and those in primary schools in deprived areas, are offered supervised daily brushing. To quote Public Health Minister Maureen Watt “it’s a tremendous example of spending to save”. In addition to free dental treatments, the scheme gives parents and adult carers dietary advice to help them prevent decay.

The program has been hugely successful in reducing the level of decay in young children. Oral health affects general health, so these improvements in oral health have had added overall health benefits also. It is estimated that the scheme is saving almost 5 million per year in treatment costs!

Here in Ireland, all children under the age of 16 are entitled to free treatment provided by the Public Dental Service in local HSE clinics.  However,due to cutbacks and staff embargos ,the reality is that most children are only offered a very limited emergency service, and the first visit for a full dental examination is now only available to 6th Class students. This is horrendous and has huge long term consequences both for oral and general health.

We were asked to visit a local play school last year, Little Friends in Raheen, Mullingar. When we arrived for our visit, we were completely gob-smacked by all the work done by the staff to educate the children and parents about oral health and visiting the dentist, prior to our visit. Tooth brushing charts had been sent home, games about healthy eating played, colouring done and all the books on dental care had been borrowed from Mullingar Library.  

This prompted us to think how this program could be easily replicated in all preschools in the Mullingar area.  Our two young dentists, Chloe Kelly and Grainne O’Rourke have helped us by visiting all the local preschools who agreed to provide a similar education program for their students. Sparkles, the tooth brushing puppet, has attended the visits also and is going down a treat with the little ones.  

If even one less child needs a general anaesthetic for dental decay as a result of our efforts, it will have been worthwhile.

We now need to ask why the HSE are not providing a service like Child Smile and parents need to ask their local politicians about the provision of dental care to their children. We urge you to write a letter/email to your local politicians and put pressure on them to provide better oral health care services for our children. Prevention is always better than cure! Even implementing a limited playschool initiative like ours on a nationwide basis would be a start.


Extractions – Don’t panic, we offer sedation.

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DONT PANICA dental extraction may be required for a number of reasons

  1.  It may be due to severe decay where there would not be enough of the sound tooth remaining to rebuild a tooth.
  2. If there is severe infection it may not be possible to save the tooth with root canal treatment.
  3. Unfortunately, in today’s economic climate, patients may not be able to afford to have root canal treatment. In this case, extraction may be the only option. However, this is always a short term saving, as the cost of replacing the tooth is always higher than the cost of the root canal treatment. Please ask about our payment plans if you find yourself in this situation. We can spread the costs of treatment and help you avoid extractions.
  4.  For orthodontic treatment to create space. With new treatments such as Fast Braces, extractions for orthodontics are becoming less and less common.
  5. The tooth may have lost all of it’s bone support because of gum disease, making the tooth very loose and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, when gum disease has progressed to this level, extractions become the only option. Bone loss caused by gum disease happens painlessly over time. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important to attend regular dental check-ups and allow your dentist to check for the early signs of gum disease. Prevention is better than cure and a few small steps can help you keep gum disease at bay.
  6.  Wisdom teeth start appearing from 18 years of age and often there is not enough space in the jaw for the teeth to come through properly. The wisdom teeth may even be angled in such a way that makes it impossible for them to come through. The gum around these wisdom teeth can get infected and cause swelling and pain. Again, these teeth won’t disappear, and your dentist will need to take x-rays and advise you about extractions. You may need to be referred to a Specialist Oral Surgeon for removal of these teeth. At Mullingar Dental, we have our own visiting Oral Surgeon, Dr. Justin Maloney, so we can take care of more complicated oral surgeries.

Why have the tooth extracted?

A tooth that requires extraction should be extracted as soon as possible to keep infection from spreading to other areas of your mouth. If you are considering travelling, please have your wisdom teeth checked before you head off, as it can be difficult and expensive to get treatment abroad. The last thing you want is to be running around Vietnam looking for a surgery that can extract your wisdom teeth!

What is the procedure for extractions ?

For teeth that are visible in the mouth and where the root formation is straightforward on xray, we would perform a routine extraction. We start by getting the tooth numb with the Wand, our pain free numbing device. You will feel a small amount of pressure as we ease the tooth out, but you should not feel pain.

If the tooth is very badly broken, or the roots are very long and curved, or it is a wisdom tooth, we will need to do a surgical extraction . You may be referred to the oral surgeon for this. While this makes it sound more serious, you absolutely shouldn’t feel worried. We just want to make sure you get the best care, so we would send you to Dr. Maloney to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible for you. Generally it should feel similar to a routine extraction, but if we feel it will be difficult for you we will suggest having the procedure done under sedation.

What to do to speed recovery?

Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist.

After 24 hours rinse your mouth gently with salt and warm water several times a day to reduce swelling and pain.

Change gauge pads before they become soaked in blood.

Relax and rest after surgery – avoid physical activity.

Avoid smoking.

Eat soft foods.

Do not lie flat- use extra pillows to prop your head up.

Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.

Carefully brush your teeth and tongue.

If pain persists, it may mean that you have a dry socket. Please contact us on 0449340370 for advice.

How much sugar are you really eating?

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Top image by Flickr user Tom Page used underCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

MODERN DENTISTRY, fluoride treatments, and preventive care alone can’t stop tooth decay when our diets are filled with sugar!

Sugary Foods Cling To Our Teeth And Cause Cavities

When sugar clings to teeth, bacteria feeds off of those sugars, producing an acid byproduct that wears away tooth enamel.

Studies repeatedly find that as sugar consumption increases, so do cavities.The World Health Organization’s 2014 study found that in one population, when daily calorific intake of sugar increased from 0% to 5%, the amount of tooth decay doubled.

Cut Sugar Intake In Half

After the study, The World Health Organization cut their recommendations for sugar consumption in half, from 10% of our daily calorific intake, to 5% (and ideally, less). Currently, the average Irish person gets 12-15% of his or her daily calories from sugar—and Ireland isn’t even the highest consumer of sugar worldwide!

Beware Of Hidden Sugars

How do you cut back on sugar? In addition to cutting back on sweets, it’s important to be aware of hidden sugars in our diets. Even a “nutritional” food can be packed with sugar! On our food labels, sugar goes by numerous aliases, including:

  • Molasses & Maltose
  • Corn syrup, Malt & Dextrose
  • Sorghum syrup

This list is only a sampling. Keep an eye out for anything ending in “-ose,” “sugar,” or “syrup,” and educate yourself on more alternate names here.

3 More Tips For Cutting Back On Sugar

  1. Read labels, and check for hidden sugars.
  2. Cook more at home so you know exactly what’s going into your food.
  3. Cut back on soft drinks, fruit juices, granola bars, yogurt, and sugary cereal in addition to regular sweets.

A Healthier Diet = A Healthier Mouth

You don’t need to cut out sugar entirely to have healthy teeth. That’s why brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are so important! Let us know if you ever have any questions about your oral health. We’re passionate about helping you have a healthier, happier lifestyle!

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

Feel Inspired By Mouth Painter, Mariam Paré

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HOW OFTEN DO WE PAUSE to appreciate our own amazing gifts and abilities? It’s easy to take things that come easiest for granted. Mariam Paré’s inspiring story not only gives us courage and motivation to be our best, but it helps put life into perspective.

Paralyzed By A Bullet Wound, Mariam’s Life Changed In An Instant

Mariam, a promising 20 year old painter, dreamed about all the things her artistic future held. Today, 18 years after a tragic event that changed her life, she’s painting just as she dreamed—but she’s doing it a little differently than she imagined.

Mariam paints with her teeth, patiently and precisely clenching brushes between them as she continues to express her remarkable artistic gift.

We Can All Take Lessons In Showing Gratitude

First, let’s all be grateful for our healthy mouths and teeth. For all the things they do for us… Speaking, chewing, nourishing, smiling, and in Mariam’s case, even painting—let’s be grateful for our healthy smiles and show our appreciation by taking great care of them. Don’t wait until its too late !

Second, we are grateful for you—our valued patients. And its great to see so many of our patients recommending us to family and friends . It is great to know our efforts to make your visit as comfortable as possible are appreciated . Always let us know how we can improve our service . 

Were you also inspired by Mariam’s story? Please share your stories with us below. Thanks.