Children’s Dentistry in Leixlip

The importance of maintaining the cleanliness of children’s teeth is cruicial but often challenging.

Riverforest Dental was established more than 40 years ago and is now treating three generations of the same families. We welcome children from an early age, ideally 18 months old, so they have plenty of time to get used to a trip to the dentist, making any future treatments stress free.

When treating children, the ability of the clinician to build rapport quickly and develop trust is particularly important. Our team at Riverforest Dental has the experience to enable you to relax and feel sure your child is in safe hands.

For children with decay in their primary teeth, gentle treatment by hand is often the best approach. Teeth can be restored with either glass ionomer material or composite material. Glass ionomer is a useful material when it is not possible to keep a tooth dry for as long as necessary to place a composite filling. Composite material is tooth coloured and is usually the material of choice, but can only be used when co-operation is good and the tooth can be kept dry during the whole treatment.

For larger cavities, stainless steel crowns can be used to cover the tooth and give extra protection — and most children are delighted to have a shiny new silver tooth. We can also treat teeth damaged in an accident, where we will initially take an x-ray to assess the damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

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This is a safe and painless way of protecting your child’s teeth from decay. The process is simple involving the application of a plastic coating to the biting areas of the back teeth which results in the prevention of any food or bacteria attacking the teeth’s grooves and preventing decay.

The sealant is applied to the molars and premolars at the back of the mouth. These teeth have pits and fissures on the biting surfaces some of which are deep and should be sealed.
The process of sealing teeth is quick and easy and should only take a few minutes per tooth. The teeth are individually cleaned and dried and then a liquid sealant is applied which then sets quickly. This is pain-free experience that will cause no discomfort of feeling of difference in the mouth once completed.
With good care sealants can last for many years but may occasionally need to be reapplied.
We recommend doing this as soon as permanent teeth become present. This tends to be around the age of 6 to 7 years. The rest of the teeth can then be sealed as they appear up to the ages of 14 years.
Yes. The maintenance of good cleaning habits and dental hygiene is crucial. Sealing the teeth can result in the creation of a surface that is much smoother and therefore easier to clean using a normal toothbrush and toothpaste.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in water and other natural sources. It is also added to drinking water and the amount present can vary depending on certain areas. You can identify the levels of fluoride in your particular area by contacting your local authority. Should your dentist inform you that you require extra protection from decay then fluoride supplements are available on the market.
Research shows the presence of fluoride in water can strengthen enamel and prevent decay. A level of one-part fluoride to 1m parts water (1ppm) is considered enough.
Fluoride toothpaste gives added protection to those who live in areas where fluoride is also present in water. Children under 7 years should avail of toothpaste with lower fluoride.
Fluoride supplements are available but should only be prescribed by a dentist. If the level in the water supply is low, it may be necessary for children to take extra fluoride in the form of a supplement.
There are some campaigners who claim that an overdose of fluoride can cause ‘brittle bone’ disease and digestive disorders, but is not scientifically proven. Dental fluorosis can occur in some patients who have been overexposed to fluoride. In its mildest form, this can manifest in fine, pearly lines appearing on teeth and will only be identifiable by a dentist. Severe fluorosis can lead to discolouration but is rarely seen in Ireland.
Despite some concerns it is generally accepted that fluoride is of benefit to our dental hygiene and will greatly help tooth decay without causing us any health damage.

If you have any other questions, please contact us