Children’s Dentist

It can be a challenging task to find a reputable children’s dentist. Also, children can be understandably apprehensive because the whole experience can seem very daunting. We’ve seen many cases of this over the years here at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick.

Not to worry, our friendly team here at Shields Limerick take the stress out of it all. We provide advanced dental care, while ensuring a positive, enjoyable and educational experience for your child.

Benefits of Taking your Child to a Children’s Dentist

  • It helps to prevent the early onset of tooth decay
  • A child will get used to seeing their dentist from an early age when they see them regularly. This then reduces the likelihood of future dental anxiety. Many adults are nervous of the dentist and this is often due to a negative childhood experience. Thus, it can harm long term dental health to avoid the dentist in adult life.
  • Seeing a dentist at a young age can prevent Dental Fluorosis. This is a common condition caused by over exposure to fluoride in young children. The main consequence can be lifelong tooth staining. We are happy to give parental advice on this topic, specifically on what type of toothpaste, how often and how much to use each time.
  • We give advice on brushing technique which is dependent on the child’s age.  We always advise parents to help children brush their teeth until they are approximately six years of age. Also, the correct technique differs with the age of the child.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions of our children’s dentist at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic in Limerick.

Yes, we do! You can read more about our Children’s Ortodontist here.

Sealants are a safe, painless way to protect children’s teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. This prevents food and bacteria getting into the teeth’s tiny grooves, causing decay.

Sealants are applied to the back teeth—molars and premolars—which have pits and fissures on their biting surfaces. Some teeth naturally form with deep grooves, which need to be sealed. Those with shallow grooves which will not required sealing.

This quick, straightforward process takes only a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared and dried, before liquid sealant is applied and allowed to set. It is totally pain-free and the teeth will not feel different afterwards.

Sealants can last for years but should be checked regularly as they can wear over time. Your dentist may need to add or replace the sealant to prevent the onset of decay.

Sealants are applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through, usually from 6 to 7 years of age. The rest are sealed as soon as they appear. This usually happens from 11 to 14 years of age.

Yes, cleaning is vital. The smooth surface of a sealed tooth makes it much easier to keep the teeth healthy through normal toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

One of the best tips for teaching your children how to brush their teeth is to lead by example. Bring your child with you to the bathroom when you brush your teeth and talk it through with them.

Also, brush in front of a mirror because children are visual learners and will learn to replicate your actions while watching themselves  in the mirror.

Don’t Use Threats because they create a negative association with brushing and they also begin to associate the dentist with punishment.

Use a visual timer as it can help kids understand  the time frame that they have for brushing.

Finally, visit a Dentist Regularly and ensure that it treated as a positive, normal experience.

You can read more about this topic here.