Dr. Raphaelle Cuisinier

Dr. Raphaelle Cuisinier

General Dentist



Where did you start your dentistry career ?



I started my career 4 years ago when I graduated from dental college in France. I worked in Strasbourg which is  my hometown initially. The city is situated along the Rhine River in the east part of France and is well known for its Franco-Germanic culture.

Born in a family of dentists, I knew what to expect from a working point of view by remaining in France and I was ready for some adventure.

So, I took the decision of getting out of my comfort zone and coming to Ireland, where everything was new even the language!

I have not regretted my decision.



What do you enjoy the most about dentistry and how do you spend your spare time ?



I love the opportunity to interact with people every working day.

I feel that in most encounters we have with patients, we are helping them, to some extent.

A successful root treatment or filling can help to remove pain; a denture may help people eat foods they may previously have struggled with. Even if it’s simply a clean, scale and polish at a routine dental visit, we are helping people’s health.


How I spend my spare time really depends on my mood and energy levels. On some days I feel

great and try to organize something with my friends, or go to the gym or just walk around enjoying

the sunshine.

On some other days, however, I am tired. That’s the time to just relax at home by reading a book

or watch a movie, or even take a nap.



What is the last thing you have done to improve your skills/knowledge ?



Last year I attended a course in France about dermal fillers.

It is always nice to mix up with my peers, to exchange about new skills and their vision of dentistry.

Dermal fillers are part of aesthetic medicine and very complementary to dental treatment.

We as dentists give injections all the time – this is just learning how to give another kind of injection that is outside the mouth but is in the same area of the face that we inject all the time.

We also have a distinct advantage over dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical aestheticians, and nurses who commonly provide these procedures in that we can deliver profound local anaesthesia in these areas before accomplishing these filler procedures, like we do every day for dental treatments.



Why should I floss ?



Flossing is an essential part of caring for your teeth and gums, and is the ideal tool for accessing all those difficult areas missed during tooth brushing.

Regardless of how often you brush your teeth, those hard-to-reach places in between your teeth will trap bacteria and microorganisms.


Flossing helps you remove debris that would otherwise build up and turn into harmful dental plaque which in turn hardens onto teeth and forms tartar.

The build-up of plaque and tartar can do serious damage to your teeth and gums. It can lead to gum disease, which is the infection and inflammation of your gums, eventually leading to erosion of the supporting bone around teeth.


There is no arguing that flossing can help reduce the risk of gingivitis, gum disease and the risk of tooth decay. It is a recommended part of a daily oral healthcare regime.



Why are my gums bleeding ?



Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs that something is wrong in your mouth.

There are few different reasons that your gums may be bleeding.

First of all, if you’re brushing too hard or you’re using a toothbrush that’s is too strong for your gums, try to ease up on the brushing or consider choosing a softer toothbrush and see if the bleeding stops.

If you gums are still bleeding, there are other issues to consider.


Gingivitis causes your gum to bleed because plaque and bacteria cause swelling and infection in the gums. It is one of the most common reasons for bleeding gums. Gingivitis is the first reversible stage of gum disease.


Certain medications thin your blood, causing you to bleed easier.  If you’ve noticed that your gums started bleeding around the same time you started a new mediation, the new drug may be at fault. Check with your doctor or dentist to see if your medication has this side effect.


Many women experience bleeding gums while they are pregnant because of the change in hormones. during your pregnancy, you may need to take additional steps to maintain proper oral hygiene. Normally, this increased bleeding settles after a few months post-partum but if the bleeding is excessive or worrisome any stage in pregnancy, come and visit your dentist. Dentistry is perfectly safe during pregnancy!