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Good dental hygiene and oral care habits are important at any age. You might find yourself wondering if your dental routine needs some tweaking, or if certain life changes have also caused changes in your mouth. Whether you have all of your original teeth, some of them or a full set of dentures, diligently caring for your mouth is just as important when you get older as it was when you were a kid.

We have experienced dental hygienists in our dental team. They play a pivotal role in our practice, advising patients on oral hygiene and the prevention of dental problems. We recommend patients visit the dental hygienist every six months for oral care.


Gum Disease

Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the soft gum tissues supporting teeth attached to the jawbone. As the gingivitis progresses, periodontal disease develops in the underlying oral tissues.

Individuals may not notice symptoms of periodontal disease until it is quite advanced. Visits to the dental hygienist help identify gum inflammation and oral disease for treatment.

Bad breath

Bad breath is also called “halitosis” and is quite common. Those with bad breath may not realise they have the condition, but others they interact with may be aware of it. Our dental hygienists provide advice about bad breath, the causes and how to ensure fresh breath.

Poor Oral Care: Improper teeth cleaning, flossing or mouth rinsing may lead to excess bacterial growth, causing bad breath.

Smoking: Smoking causes dry mouth with tar and nicotine build-up in the mouth, which accentuates bad breath and discolours or stains teeth.

Diet: Certain food substances cause transient bad breath, such as garlic. Mouth rinses and mints help to remove the odour. Food debris trapped between teeth may cause smelly breath and be harmful to health.

Good dental hygiene

As an adult, you are not immune to dental problems. In addition to maintaining a good home care routine, the best thing you can do is to schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. You also have a variety of cosmetic options available, including orthodontics (braces), whitening (both in-office and at-home) and bonding (veneers).

Our Dental Care Tips


  • Schedule regular dental checkups
  • Proper brushing, flossing & rinsing
  • Regular professional cleanings
  • Limit sugary & acidic foods
  • Drink water after meals


I would like to congratulate Siobhan on having a first class Dentistry Practice in Donegal Town. My wife while out eating her lunch broke a crown at the front of her mouth. She phoned Blue Poppy right away & within two hours Siobhan and her team had the problem sorted. Its at times like this that we really appreciate such a fantastic service. We will certainly be recommending your Dental Practice.

Eddie McGaffery E&J Oil Services Ltd.

My daughter & I recently attented Blue Poppy Dentistry. Our patient experience was exceptional. From the aura of the scented candles as you climb the stairs, to the very warm & welcoming greetings from Pauline at reception. I felt relaxed. Coming from an era of the dreaded ‘School Dentist’, I had a certain apprehension of what was to come, however with Siobhan you not only get a competent Dentist and Orthodontist, but you also get a very caring, sensitive, and gentle person.

Aiobhinn & Micheal Boyd Boyd HR

I can’t recommend highly enough the experience of visiting the Blue Poppy Dental Practice. The level of care is second to none. With regards to my family’s dental health, it is the best decision we have made to become clients of the practice.


Ann Joyce

Your expertise and caring nature for patients meant a lot to my mother and she is so happy with the results. I am now pleased to be a patient of the Blue Poppy Dentistry & it’s rare that a dentist is so good that you actually start falling asleep during treatment as I did! I’ve no hesitation recommending Blue Poppy dental practice to anybody who needs dental treatment.

Roger White White & Associates

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