Dr Elizabeth Melvin, Dentist

Macroom Dental Surgery (Middle Square)

Macroom Dental Surgery
Middle Square, Macroom
Co. Cork
T:026 41052
E: dentist@macroomdental.ie

Opening hours
9.00am – 8.00pm

9.00am – 5.30pm

8.00am –5.30pm

9.00am – 4.00pm

Emergencies are also catered for at Macroom Dental.

New patients are always welcome (medical card, PRSI, and private).


News - September 2018

Choosing the right toothpaste

dfdfdHere are ten tips for choosing the right toothpaste for you:

1. Look at the fluoride content Fluoride protects tooth enamel and fights cavities. Numerous studies have confirmed that fluoride is safe and effective.

2. Read the label Not all types of toothpaste are suitable for everyone, for example, some products are unsuitable for younger children.

3. Choose based on specific dental problems Individuals with dental problems should choose a toothpaste that meets their specific needs.

4. Decide if you want a whitening toothpaste Many people want a whiter smile, and whitening toothpaste can provide a safe and effective remedy for off-white teeth.

5. Ask for a prescription toothpaste for very sensitive teeth Some people may not get enough relief from over-the-counter sensitivity toothpastes. A dentist can prescribe a stronger product.

6. Check the RDA level Toothpaste contains abrasive agents to clean and whiten the teeth. The level of abrasiveness is known as relative dentin abrasivity (RDA) and it varies.

7. Consider tartar control People who already have tartar on their teeth should consider using a tartar-control toothpaste.

8. Understand natural options People who are considering using natural toothpaste should check the ingredients carefully and weigh up the pros and cons.

9. Avoid sugary toothpaste Sugar contributes to tooth decay, so using sugary toothpaste is not advisable.

10. Base your choice on your individual needs and preferences Important factors to consider include any sensitivities and how well a product meets dental needs.

From: www.medicalnewstoday.com


Research links processed starch to dental decay

dfdfdA recent review commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown that a diet rich in wholegrain carbohydrates is less likely to negatively impact oral health than a diet high in processed carbohydrates.
The findings come from a review of 33 papers on starch and oral health, conducted by researchers at Newcastle University, UK. The analysed papers were studies of foods containing rapidly digestible starches, such as white bread, or slowly digestible starches, such as whole grains, and these foods’ relationships with dental decay, oral cancer and gum disease.
The researchers found that there was no evidence to suggest an association between the amount of starch eaten and dental decay. However, rapidly digestible starches were linked to an increased risk of dental cavities, since amylase, a component of saliva, is able to break these starches down into sugars. Further findings from the review suggest that slowly digestible starches might offer protection against gum disease and lead to a lower risk of oral cancer. However, these findings are based on fewer available studies and weaker data.
Lead researcher Dr Paula Moynihan, Professor of Nutrition and Oral Health at Newcastle University said: “Despite an ill-advised fashion for eliminating carbohydrates from the diet, a carbohydrate-rich diet is shown to be fine for oral health so long as it is low in sugars and is based on wholegrain varieties of carbs such as pasta, couscous and wholemeal bread”.
The WHO is in the process of updating its guidance regarding carbohydrate consumption.

From: www.dental-tribune.com


Researchers sequence rare bacterium that causes rampant dental decay

dfdfdUp until now, little was known about the bacterium Streptococcus sobrinus, which can accelerate dental decay. A research team from the University of Illinois has now sequenced the genomes of three strains of S. sobrinus. S. sobrinus is difficult to work with in the laboratory and is not present in all people, so researchers instead focused on understanding the more stable and prevalent Streptococcus mutans.
Author Dr Paul Jensen said: “Although it is rare, S. sobrinus produces acid more quickly and is associated with the poorest clinical outcomes, especially among children. If S. sobrinus is present along with S. mutans, you’re at risk for rampant tooth decay, which means there’s some level of communication or synergy between the two that we don’t understand yet”.
Now that the S. sobrinus sequencing is complete, the research team is building computational models to better understand how the two bacteria interact and why S. sobrinus can cause such potent decay in combination with S. mutans. They have already confirmed that S. sobrinus lacks the ability to sense and react to nearby bacteria, and ultimately proliferate: “S. sobrinus doesn’t have a complete system to do this. We’re really curious to explore this further and find out what is missing and why”.
Dr Jensen concluded: “For the S. sobrinus field, this is ground-breaking work because the field was plagued by a lack of information. In 2018, it is surprising that we had a whole species [of bacteria] that causes disease and no complete genome of it”.

From: www.dental-tribune.com