There are some foods that cause more damage to your teeth than others; it’s important to clean your teeth thoroughly at least half an hour after eating them, to prevent plaque becoming hardened tartar.

Key takeaways:

– Sweets and other sugary foods (e.g. dried fruit) and drinks (e.g. soda) provide the perfect environment for oral bacteria to harm the surface of your teeth

– Consider cutting down on alcohol as it can erode your protective tooth enamel

– Your dentist will be happy to advise if you are concerned

“When consuming candy, drink water to help reduce damage to your tooth enamel.”

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Dr. Gerald O'Connor B.D.S., N.U.I. (hons) (Principal Dentist & Owner)

Dr Gerald O’Connor qualified with honours from University College Cork in 1998, where he achieved his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and was awarded the Kerr Prize for Restorative Dentistry. Following his qualification, he spent 6 years gaining experience in a dental clinic in Essex before buying his own practice in 2004. Dr O’Connor quickly added a second location in 2006 and formed the Oak Dental Group.

After returning to Ireland in 2013, he set up Killiney Dental with his long-time partner Rosemarie. Gerald has a wealth of experience in dentistry with a vested interest in modern, evidence-based solutions. He enjoys implementing new dental treatments that are minimally invasive for patients without compromising their desire for an idealised smile. Dr O’Connor currently serves on the Irish Dental Association’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys films, music, fiction writing and being anywhere in sight of the sea.