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Treatments > Children

We know that almost all gum disease and tooth decay is preventable. Therefore, it is possible for children to grow up to expect no dental disease, and no need for fillings throughout life.

But to do this, we need to instill good dental care skills and dietary habits from an early age.

We're particularly keen to see children between the ages of 10 and 17 so we can:

  • Screen them for any hint of early dental problems and risks of future problems so we can take immediate corrective action hopefully reversing any risks or halting any problems.
  • Screen them for the need for orthodontic intervention at the right age
  • And most importantly

  • Provide them and their parents with the knowledge, skills and habits they need to adopt to avoid any dental problems throughout life.

We recommend regular dental health checks, and regular hygiene visits 'for skills and habits' development throughout the teenage years.

Recently, we have seen far too many adolescents visiting us for the first time, who need multiple fillings, and a huge amount of change to their homecare routines in order to return them to full health, and to avoid a repeat of the damage done throughout the school years. Please do give your children a better chance, by bringing them to see us as early and regularly as possible.

Fissure Sealants

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Dental sealants are recognised as a key means of cavity prevention.

Molar and premolar teeth have deep pits and grooves in their teeth where bacteria and food particles can hide and cause decay. Children with poor brushing habits often develop decay on hard-to-reach molars. Fissure sealants offer a means of protecting molar and premolar chewing surfaces from decay. Fissure sealants are a thin plastic film that are applied to the teeth. These sealants create an impenetrable physical barrier for small food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making them highly effective in preventing tooth surface decay.

Sports Guards

Young patients often attend dental surgeries with chips, fractures and dislodged or even lost teeth, caused by sports injury or accidental damage. It is very important to protect your teeth from damage caused by sports injury. This is easily achieved by wearing a sports guard.

A sports guard covers the teeth and gums and provides protection against knocks and blows to the face. Sports guards help to prevent trauma caused by sports such as soccer, gaelic, hurling, rugby, and boxing.

The guard is made by your dentist and is available in a variety of shades and designs in order to suit your preference or team colours.