What are my PRSI Dental Entitlements?
Since October 2017, if you have paid PRSI or are dependant of someone who has paid PRSI, then you may be able to get access to a limited range of dental, eye and ear care at either no cost or a reduced cost. This benefit is provided by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, you can find more information on their website – Click Here.
What services are available to me under this scheme?
At Frederick Dental you can avail of a dental exam and a scale and polish once per year for only €15. If you provide us with your PPSN number we can instantly check your entitlements online, and then once approved we can book you in for your appointment.
Why is this dental treatment important?
Regular professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, combined with looking after your teeth and gums properly at home, will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.
Can a scale and polish help prevent dental disease?
We will carefully remove the hard deposits of tartar (or ‘calculus’) that build up on the teeth and teach you how to prevent them coming back. This will do a lot to slow the progress of gum disease.
By talking to you about your diet, and recommending other preventive measures, we can help you keep to a routine that will slow down tooth decay. Regular visits and advice will help build your confidence in keeping your mouth healthy.
What other help can be given to adults?
Adults who have a lot of decay can benefit from having fluoride applied. They can also have anti-bacterial gels and solutions applied under the gum to kill the bacteria causing gum disease.
Another very important part of the dentist’s work is showing you and telling you how to look after your mouth at home. The dentist may also suggest giving up smoking, as this will reduce staining and improve your general health.
Research has also shown that smokers have more gum disease and lose more teeth than non-smokers. Your dentist will be able to advise you on various ways of giving up smoking. They can also give you special advice for home care if you have dental implants or orthodontic appliances.
Will the treatment hurt?
Scaling and polishing is usually pain free. However, if you do have any discomfort the dentist can use anaesthetic creams, or give you some local anaesthetic. It is important that you let the dentist know at the time so they can help with your pain.
How often should I visit the dentist and get my teeth cleaned professionally?
Most adults and children should see their dentist for a regular cleaning and check up every six months. People with dental issues and those at a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental check-ups more often. Alcohol and tobacco use, diabetes, pregnancy, gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check-up.