Lucan Dental Care
2 Finnstown Centre
Newcastle Road, Lucan, Dublin

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Text Messages Services

At Lucan Dental Care, We now provide a text messaging service which will give the Patient 24 hours notice of their following appointments. Texts are also sent out to all Patients reminding them of their 6 monthly dental check ups. This is most effective for patients who want to maintain a healthy oral/dental routine.

Nervous Patients/First Appointments

The whole family are welcome to attend Lucan Dental Care, both young and old. For the more nervous patient, we take time to assure that their initial dental consultation is a pleasant one, and to asure them that we recognise their fear, and to help them manage it with a full explanation of each procedure. On your first visit, after a full oral examination, including any necessary radiographs, a full treatment plan will be advised and explained/discussed to fulfill your requirements.

Emergency/After Hours

Evening Services:

When Lucan Dental Care is closed we always have an answering machine on where you can leave a message and we will contact you on our return to the office.

For emergency treatment after hours:

VHI Swiftcare in Dundrum is open to 9pm (Mon-Fri).  Click here for further details.

Weekend Services:

The Dublin Dental Hospital also provide an accident and emergency serivce on weekends and Public Holidays for severe dental emergencies (9am-11pm).  Click here for further details.

Breakfast Cereal

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

  • Porridge (Add Chopped Banana / Rice Crispies to “Sweeten”)
  • Eggs & wholegrain toast
  • Cheese & toast

Honey, while “Healthy” is very sticky / high in sugar including similar syrups eg.  Maple Syrup, Golden Syrup – should only be eaten rarely!


Cereals - Lowest Sugar

(10g or less / 100g cereal)

  • Porridge (sugar free)
  • Shredded Wheat (sugar free)
  • Weetabix (4.4g sugar / 100g cereal)
  • Cornflakes (8g / 100g)
  • Rice Crispies (10g/100g)


Cereals - High Sugar - Avoid or reduce!

(More than 20g sugar / 100g)

  • Special K Sustain (21g)
  • Cheerios (21.6g)
  • Bran Flakes (22g)
  • Alpen (original) 23.1g
  • Kelkin Tropical Oat Granola (24.1g)
  • Crunchy Nut Feast (31g)
  • Coco Pops (34g)

Any cereal that has “honey” or is “frosted” is very high in sugar and damaging to teeth (e.g. Frosties, Honey Nut loops)



Fruit juices can be high in acid and sugar and best used sparingly & very well diluted.


The Safest Drinks for Healthy Teeth are Water & Milk

Lucan Dental Care,
2 Finnstown Centre
Newcastle Road,
Lucan, Dublin

(01) 628-1201

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Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. Infection leads to a red, swollen and tender area. This area often bleeds when the teeth are brushed or the tender area is touched. This is particularly important as bleeding gums have been linked with a number of health risks including heart disease and diabetes.


How does gum disease occur?

  • Gum disease occurs when large amounts of bacteria stick together to form a sticky substance called dental plaque.
  • This plaque lives where the gum and the teeth meet and causes extreme irritation leading to a red, swollen and tender area.
  • As the area becomes more swollen the gums separate from the teeth leading to the development of a pocket where more dental plaque lives and eventually damages the gum and kills the bone around the tooth.


How common is gum disease?

  • Gum disease is the most common infectious disease affecting more than 80% of people worldwide.
  • In Ireland it is estimated that 4 out of 5 people have got some degree of gum disease. The level of gum disease worsens as we get older.
  • Oral Health costs the Irish state an estimated €300 million per year in health related bills.


How do I know if I have gum disease?

There are a number of signs and symptoms that may indicate you may have gum disease including;

  • Dark red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Pain when you bite on food
  • Gums that look like they are low down on the teeth
  • Sensitive or loose teeth
  • Smelly breath


What should I do if I think I might have gum disease?

The best way to know if you have gum disease is to have a check up with your dentist or dental hygienist to find out the state of your gums, and oral health in general. If it is discovered that you do have gum disease, treatment can be started immediately which will have positive effects on both your oral and general health.


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Sugar Content

DrinksSpoons/cubes of Sugar
Mi-Wadi Squash - No Added Sugar 1
Apple & Blackcurrant Baby Juice (C&G) 2
Capri Sun 4
Actimel 5
Smoothies (eg. Innocent ~the same if made at home) 5
Ribena (Carton) 7
Orange Juice 8
Cranberry Juice 9
Apple Juice 10
Can of Coke 10
Bottle of Coke 12
Lucozade 14
Summer Fruits Concentrated Baby Juice (C&G) 19


Sweets/BarsSpoons/cubes of Sugar
Chocolate Buttons 3.5
Tube of Fruit Gums 4.5
Mini Bearables – Natural Confectionery Co. 4.5
Guzzle Puzzles – Natural Confectionery Co. 6.5
Tube of Fruit Pastilles 7
Polo Mints 7
Muesli Bars 7
Mars Bar 8
Wine Gums 9
Bar of Milk Chocolate 11
Skittles 11.5
Toffee Sweets 14
Liquorice Allsorts 27
Jelly Babies 32
Dolly Mixtures 33


Sweets/BarsSpoons/cubes of Sugar
Scoop of Ice Cream 2.5
Chocolate Snack Bar 3
Burbon Creams x 3 Biscuits 5
Oreos x 4 pack 6
Raisins 7.5
Jaffa Cakes x 8 8
Chocolate Cake / Muffin 10.5
Custard Creams x 2 11.5

Lucan Dental Care,
2 Finnstown Centre
Newcastle Road,
Lucan, Dublin

(01) 628-1201

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