How do I help my children look after their teeth?
Teaching your child, good oral care at a young age is an investment in their health that will stay with them for life. You can start by setting an example, taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is very important and anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, encourages good oral care.
To help your children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, teach them to follow these simple steps:
What Brushing Techniques Can I Show My Child?
You may want to supervise your children until they get the hang of these simple steps:
How important is Diet to my child’s Oral Health?
A balanced diet is necessary for your child to develop strong, decay-resistant teeth. In addition to a full range of vitamins and minerals, a child’s diet should include plenty of calcium, phosphorous and proper levels of fluoride. If fluoride is your child’s greatest protection against tooth decay, then frequent snacking may be the biggest enemy. The sugars and starches found in many foods like biscuits, sweets, soft drinks and even some savoury snacks are food for bacteria in dental plaque and are converted to acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel and can lead to cavities.
Each “plaque attack” can last up to 20 minutes after a meal or snack has been finished. Even a little nibble can create plaque acids. So it’s best to limit snacking between meals.
For more info on diet and dental health please see Link to diet advice hyg section
What should I do if my child chips, breaks or knocks out a tooth?
With any injury to your child’s mouth, you should contact Our dentist immediately. Our dentist will want to examine the affected area and determine appropriate treatment.
If your child is in pain from a broken, cracked or chipped tooth, you should visit our dentist immediately. You may want to give an over-the-counter pain reliever to your child until his/her appointment. If possible, keep any part of the tooth that has broken off and take this with you to our dentist.
If a tooth is completely knocked out of the mouth by an injury, take the tooth to your dentist as soon as possible. Handle the tooth as little as possible-do not wipe or otherwise clean the tooth. Store the tooth in a cup of fresh milk (never ever store it in tap water or wash/wipe it clean) until you get to a dentist. It may be possible for the tooth to be placed back into your child’s mouth, a procedure called re-implantation.
What are dental Fissure Sealants and how do I know if my child needs them?
A dental sealant creates a highly effective barrier against decay. Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of a child’s permanent back teeth, where most cavities form. Applying a sealant is not painful and can be performed in one dental visit. Your dentist can tell you whether your child might benefit from a dental sealant.
For more info on fissure sealants visit Link to fissure sealants hyg page
At what age should my child start Orthodontic Treatment?
This has to be one of the most commonly asked questions by concerned parents. It can be very confusing as when dropping your child off at the school gates, some children are wearing braces and some are not.
The answer is that current studies indicate that there is NO benefit to starting Orthodontic treatment early on your child—all it seems to do is prolong the duration of treatment for them , and the finish date is still roughly the same age.
So, the current recommendations are that Orthodontic treatment should be started while the second baby molar is still present and before the second adult molar comes through–this is roughly around 11-12 years of age.
For more complex cases, where the upper teeth appear more prominent than the lower teeth (buck teeth), treatment is indicated before the pre-teen growth spurt (usually 11.5 yrs for a girl, and 12.5 yrs for a boy).
If your child does not appear to have canine (eye/fang) teeth erupting or palpable, then it has been shown that some benefit may be derived from your dentist electively extracting the baby canines around 10 years of age.
Once treatment starts, your child should have regular dental check-ups, and visits to the hygienist, as their orthodontist will primarily focus on the position of the teeth, and assume that the child is having regular dental examinations with their general dental practitioners.
Which toothpaste is best for children?
The current advice is that adult toothpastes should be used for children over 2 years of age, and NO toothpaste before then. This is down to the fluoride content in the toothpastes-proprietary childrens toothpastes do not contain high enough levels of Fluoride. From a taste perspective, this presents a challenge as most children complain of a burning sensation from the general adult toothpastes (the mint and eucalyptus flavours tend to burn their sensitive and tender gums and mucosa).
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What is Fluoride and how do I know if my child is getting the correct amount?
Fluoride is one of the best ways to help prevent against tooth decay. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride combines with the tooth’s enamel to strengthen it. For most children the proper use of fluoride toothpaste will be sufficient to help prevent decay. For children at high risk of dental decay and without access to fluoridated water, milk, or salt, your child’s dentist may suggest using fluoride drops or mouthrinse in addition to a fluoride toothpaste.
For more info on fluoride see put link to fluoride section on new hyg info
|New patient examination (what’s included) *From December 1st 2013 we will refund the cost of your consultation on all extensive treatment plans (all plans over €1000)||€60-€95|
|X-Rays (panoral – full mouth)||€65|
|Intensive hygienist appointment
(New patient package)
|Extensive hygienist appointment
(Treatment of periodontal disease)
|Implants (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)|
|Single implant (including crown, without bone graft)||from||€2090|
|Surgical placement of single titanium implant
|Restoration of implant / Placement of porcelain crown
|Multiple implants||from||€1750 per tooth|
|Intra Venous Sedation||€260|
(Eligible for Med 2 Tax Relief)
|€1700 per arch|
|Six Month Smiles
(Eligible for Med 2 Tax Relief) Note – fee includes all orthodontics, as well as additional treatment to the value of €625; including fixed and removable retainers, an extensive hygienist appointment, and free upper and lower teeth whitening.
|€2200 one arch
€2995 both arches
|Silver amalgam fillings||€75 – €99|
|White composite fillings||(front)||€88 – €165|
|(back)||€90 – €165|
|Root treatments (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)|
|Root canal treatment||(front) from||€360|
|(back)||€420 – €590|
|Airflow (Ideal for surface staining)||from||€42|
|Slow release tooth bleaching||€299|
|Crowns & Veneers (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)|
|All-porcelain cosmetic crown
(usually most suitable for front teeth)
|Tooth coloured crown, metal inside (the best combination of strength and appearance)||€748|
|Cerec one visit crowns and inlays||€748|
|Bridge (dependent on design)||from||€900|
|Da Vinci Porcelain Veneers||€850|
|There are still circumstances in which a removable plate is the best option. Newer materials make them stronger and less obtrusive. Sometimes they can be held in tightly by using a press stud technique to hold them to suitable remaining roots.|
|Complete set – upper and lower||from||€800|
|Chrome cobalt partial denture (upper or
|Partial acrylic denture||from||€280|
|Valplast flexible partial denture||from||€580|