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 - October 2018

Should you brush or floss first?

dfdfdResearchers have found that flossing before brushing may be the ideal sequence for the most thorough removal of dental plaque. The report is featured in the Journal of Periodontology, which is published by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). The study assessed 25 participants, who were asked to brush their teeth first, then use dental floss (brush-floss). In a second phase, the same group was asked to use floss, then brush their teeth (floss-brush). Researchers found that the amount of plaque between the teeth and in the mouth overall was significantly reduced when participants used the floss-brush approach.
The researchers contend that as flossing loosens bacteria and debris from between the teeth, brushing afterward further clears the mouth of these particles.
Dr Steven R. Daniel president of the AAP said: “Patients often ask which step should come first in their daily oral hygiene routine. While this study finds that flossing before brushing may result in the reduction of plaque, it’s important for everyone to remember to do both every day to maintain the health of their smiles”.
The study also found that fluoride, which aids in the prevention of tooth decay, remained in the mouth at higher levels when participants flossed before brushing. Study subjects used a fluoride toothpaste during both phases of the investigation.
The AAP recommends flossing regularly, brushing twice a day and undergoing yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluations for the prevention of gum disease, which is treatable and often reversible with proper and timely care from a periodontist.

From: www.dental-tribune.com


Newly released denture guidelines shed light on correct maintenance and cleaning

dfdfdAs populations age, the number of people who will need advice on best denture care will rise. New global guidelines have been developed and were announced at the World Dental Federation (FDI) World Dental Congress on September 7 to address the multitude of inconsistent and contradictory advice on the maintenance of complete dentures.
The guidelines were developed by a global task force that included representatives from the Oral Health Foundation and King’s College London in the UK, and leading experts from Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Based on a comprehensive review and evaluation of the existing evidence and current guidance, the panel found a severe lack of clear or reliable recommendations for denture wearers. To give oral healthcare professionals, caregivers and patients well-researched advice on the best denture care, the guidelines were compiled.
They include daily cleaning of dentures through brushing with a toothbrush or denture brush and an effective, non-abrasive denture cleanser (no dentifrice). Daily soaking in a denture-cleaning solution outside of the mouth offers extra chemical breakdown of remaining plaque and some level of disinfection. Lastly, all patients who wear removable dentures are advised not to keep their dentures in their mouths overnight, unless there are specific reasons for doing so. Overall, it is recommended that all denture wearers be enrolled in a regular recall and maintenance programme with their dental professionals.
The project found that recommendations to both dental professionals and denture wearers varies between and within countries. The new guidelines can be obtained here.

From: www.dental-tribune.com


Gum disease treatment may improve symptoms in cirrhosis patients

dfdfdRoutine oral care to treat gum disease may play a role in reducing inflammation and toxins in the blood and improving cognitive function in people with liver cirrhosis. This is according to a study published in the American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. Cirrhosis is the presence of scar tissue on the liver and can lead to liver failure. Complications of cirrhosis include infections and a build up of toxins in the brain. Previous research shows that people with cirrhosis have changes in gut and salivary bacteria, which can lead to gum disease and a higher risk of cirrhosis-related complications. Researchers studied two groups of volunteers that had cirrhosis and mild to moderate gum disease. One group received gum disease care and the other did not. The researchers collected samples before and 30 days after treatment. Each volunteer took standardised tests to measure cognitive function before and after treatment. The treated group had increased levels of beneficial gut bacteria that could reduce inflammation, as well as lower levels of endotoxin-producing bacteria in the saliva, when compared to the untreated group. The untreated group demonstrated an increase in endotoxin levels in the blood over the same time period. Cognitive function also improved in the treated group. This finding is relevant because there are limited other therapies available to alleviate cognition problems in this population, the researchers said: "The oral cavity could represent a treatment target to reduce inflammation and endotoxemia in patients with cirrhosis to improve clinical outcomes".

From: www.sciencedaily.com