New Associate Dentist at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge

Dr André CollinsWe’ve very happy to welcome Dr André Collins to Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. Dr Collins comes from South Africa, where he qualified at Stellenbosch University, via Australia and the UK where he has gained more than ten years of experience in private practice. He now lives in Dublin with his Irish wife and children.

André’s experience ranges from primary dental care to advanced restorative and full rehabilitative treatment. Here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge he offers general and cosmetic dentistry treatments. He has a particular interest in dental implants, minor oral surgery and digital dentistry, with experience in providing CAD/CAM restorations which we will shortly be introducing to Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge.

He will be offering both early morning and late evening dental appointments every week.  To book, please call 01 668 3242 or email

Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge are Irish Dentistry Awards finalists!

Irish Dentistry Awards Finalist LogoThe Irish Dentistry Awards 2017 shortlists have been announced and Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge has been included in two categories, the prestigious ‘Best Patient Care’ shortlist and the ‘Most Attractive Practice’ shortlist. The whole team is delighted to be recognised for the work we do, especially among such tough competition.

Our patients are our number one priority and we always aim to offer the best possible care. We offer a range of treatment options to give our patients the best choice. The materials we use are of the highest quality and we offer both early morning and late evening appointments for our patients’ convenience.

As Dr David Keenan says “we pride ourselves in offering a ‘concierge’ service to our patients and we do everything we can to make their experience of visiting the practice as comfortable and hassle-free as possible”.  This is why it means so much to us to be shortlisted in this category. It recognises the efforts we make to go above and beyond our patients’ expectations for care. “This year we have introduced oral surgery clinics with Dr Eimear McHugh which are very popular, and mean patients can have even more of their treatment needs met under one roof at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge,” adds Dr Keenan.

Little Christmas Tree and Candle at Pembroke Dental BallsbridgeWe’ve also been shortlisted in the ‘Most Attractive Practice’ category. Dr David Keenan and the team pay great attention to detail around the practice to make it as pleasant as possible to visit the dentist.

This weekend we’ve put up our Christmas decorations around the practice and we’re really getting into the festive spirit!

Dr David Keenan and the team would like to take this opportunity to thank our patients who have continued to support the practice over the years. We recognise that without our wonderful patients, we would not be able to do what we do. We’re looking forward to the announcement of the eventual winners at the Irish Dentistry Awards in February and wish all of our fellow finalists the very best of luck!

Caring for Your Children’s Dental Health – some advice for parents


Dr Jennifer Owens is visiting schools in the local Dublin 4 area to speak to children about taking good care of their teeth: brushing, visiting the dentist and snacking on healthy foods. Below, she shares some of the advice she has been giving mummies and daddies to help their children learn good dental habits, which will stand to them their whole lives.



Beginning to brush your child’s teeth is advised from the moment their teeth first appear. In the youngest patients brushing with just water will suffice, as most children around the age of two will most likely swallow any toothpaste. You can introduce a children’s toothpaste once your child is more able to spit the toothpaste out. This can vary from child to child. There is no need to worry about some of the toothpaste being swallowed, as the concentration of fluoride is much lower than adult toothpaste. Sometimes children are particularly unhappy about brushing their teeth. This is far more widespread than you would think. Usually this is a phase, and a change in toothpaste flavour can sometimes help, as can brushing “with” mummy or daddy. The most important time to brush is at night, after the last meal or drink (aside from water).

Dental Appointments

I would always encourage a visit to the dentist from whenever teeth are present in the mouth, firstly because the dentist can ensure there is a normal timeline of eruption of teeth and identify any oral issues that could cause future problems. Secondly, it allows your child to become familiar with the dentist, and not associate the dental surgery with pain or being frightened. Unfortunately I have seen some children whose first appointment coincides with trauma, where they have fallen and broken a tooth and are already quite upset when they first attend. This can set them up for a life-long dental phobia and poor oral health. A 3- or 4-year-old child only has their baby teeth, which of course will fall out, but ensuring they become comfortable visiting the dentist is very important


Added sugar is widespread and almost impossible to avoid. Combine this with a tight schedule and other children, and you have a recipe for disaster! One of the easiest ways to reduce sugar intake is to check the back of food packets – looking at the overall sugar composition (under carbohydrates, “of which sugars”) per 100g. You would be surprised to see how many “healthy” snack bars or fruit rolls contain almost 70g per 100g – 70% of sugar. Although sometimes this sugar is from fruit or other natural sources, it is still sugar – and teeth recognise it as such. Dried fruit is a common choice made by parents trying to pick the healthiest snack – unfortunately this can be one of the worst sources of sugar as it gets stuck in teeth for a few hours, prolonging the time teeth are under sugar attack. Snacks like natural peanut or almond butter on sliced apple, popcorn or cheese are much kinder to teeth. Juices and smoothies that are currently so popular are another large source of sugar. Even freshly squeezed orange juice can contain the same amount of sugar as a glass of Coca-Cola. Unfortunately milk and water are the only safe options for teeth so it is best to try to and keep consumption of anything else to birthday parties, etc.


If your children’s school or creche would like Dr Jennifer Owens to visit to talk to the children about taking care of their teeth, please call the office on 01 668 3242 to arrange it!

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Caring for your Retainer

Many of our patients here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge use retainers or bite splints. The main reasons for this are because patients have had orthodontic treatment or because of bruxism, teeth grinding or clenching.


There are four main types of retainers:

  1. Bonded retainers
  2. Removable retainers

Because your teeth will usually try to move back to where they were when you finish orthodontic treatment, most patients will need to use retainers to prevent relapse. Bonded retainers are fixed to the inside of your teeth after treatment such as the ‘train tracks’ your orthodontist may have fitted when you were a teenager or one of the adult, short-term braces we provide here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge, like Six Month Smiles, clear aligners, Inman aligners or ClearSmile braces. Bonded retainers generally last about five years or so.

Clear aligner

Retainers provided by Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge are guaranteed for a year, so if your plastic retainer cracks or your bonded retainer comes away from a tooth, you can pop back in to us to have it repaired.


  1. Hard bite splint
  2. Soft bite splint

Even if you’ve never worn a brace you may need to use a bite splint or night guard to prevent grinding or clenching in your sleep, which can otherwise result in damage to your teeth. Depending on the severity of the bruxism and what you find more comfortable, you may be given a hard or soft bite splint. (There are also other treatments available for bruxism, including therapeutic Botox and Cerezen devices – ask Dr Keenan or Dr Owens at your next appointment if you would like more information or read more on our website).

Alas, nothing lasts forever! An essix retainer will normally last one to two years and a bonded retainer should last five, but all retainers will all eventually break or wear out. However, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of yours:

  • Remember to store and care for your retainer correctly. Don’t leave it where it can get sat or stood on, or even squashed by a chair or car (it has happened!) and remember to bring them home with you if you are on holidays. Many patients leave them in hotel rooms only to find they have been thrown out by the housekeeping staff when the room was cleaned after they checked out.
  • Don’t immerse your retainer in boiling water or leave it exposed to heat or direct sunshine – it will become misshapen and if it doesn’t fit correctly, it doesn’t work correctly. Keep your retainer clean and odour-free using appropriate products such as Retainer Brite (which we stock at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge) and a toothbrush.
  • A plastic retainer may crack or chip, especially if you’re grinding. Come back to the dentist to see if it should be replaced or whether you need a different type of retainer instead.Dog ate retainer
  • Beware of the dog! Joking aside, Fido loves retainers and will treat yours exactly the same way as his squeaky toys if he gets his paws on it. Dogs have been known to take retainers off night stands and bury them in the garden, so consider yourself warned!


For an appointment with the dentist to discuss bonded retainers, removable retainers or bite splints, please call the office on 01 668 3242 or email

Dog Braces

Pembroke Dental is Expanding!

We’re delighted to be able to provide more services than ever to our patients all under one roof here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. We’d like to introduce the new faces you’ll be seeing at your next visit and tell you about the new clinics and new treatments we can now offer.


New Oral Surgeon offering IV Sedation


We’re delighted to welcome Specialist Oral Surgeon Dr Eimear McHugh to the practice. She provides a full range of services in oral surgery and implant dentistry, including wisdom tooth extraction and treatment under IV sedation. This is great news for nervous patients who may be putting off dealing with grumbling wisdom teeth because of nerves and patients looking into their options for replacing missing teeth. Many of the procedures that Dr McHugh does will be covered by patients’ medical insurance policies as well.

Dr McHugh’s clinics have already begun on Friday afternoons in Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge and will be becoming more frequent as the year advances.


New Dentist offering Facial Aesthetics Clinic


Many of you will already have met Dr Jennifer Owens who joined us in February from another corner of Dublin 4, where she worked as Google’s first ever in-house dentist. Dr Owens graduated with honours from UCC in 2011 and worked in private practice in rural Australia for a couple of years, gaining extensive experience in general dentistry, orthodontics and oral surgery. With a background in skincare and make-up, Jennifer has a special interest in facial aesthetics and is fully certified in the administration of Botox and Dermal Fillers, and she is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Owens will be offering both early morning and late evening dental appointments every week.

Dr Owens will also be holding regular facial aesthetics clinics, providing Botox and dermal filler injections. Have a look at her website for more information on the types of treatment she offers.


New Hygiene Clinic


We’re delighted to be able to offer more time slots than ever before with our popular dental hygienist Lorraine Doyle, who has added another day of appointments here at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge. Lorraine is now available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with early morning appointments on Mondays, and late evening appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


New Options for Treating Teeth Grinding

Are you someone who clenches their jaw or grinds their teeth? Maybe your partner has told you that you’re grinding your teeth in your sleep and you’ve woken with a sore jaw, headache or facial pain! Or perhaps you’ve worn or broken some teeth due to bruxism. It’s a very common issue among patients. In the past, dentists have mostly provided hard or soft bite splints (night guards) for patients to wear to protect their teeth while sleeping. At Pembroke Dental we are now also offering two additional options for treatment.

Botox injections can be used to prevent the jaw muscles from contracting which are active when patients are clenching or grinding. It takes effect in a few days and can last 3-4 months before normal function returns.


Cerezen devices are a pair of small hearing-aid size appliances that fit discretely inside the ear and interrupt the subconscious mechanics of the jaw associated with bruxism and TMJD. They can be worn at night and during the day, without interfering with hearing. You can read more about these new devices on the Cerezen website.


New Orthodontic System


Dr David Keenan is now delighted to be able to offer patients the ClearSmile Brace system, in addition to Six Month Smiles braces, Inman aligners and clear aligners. This means at Pembroke Dental Ballsbridge we can offer you the best adult orthodontic system to suit your needs. Whereas in other clinics you will simply be offered the only system provided there.

ClearSmile Brace is mainly used to straighten the front 10 teeth for aesthetic reasons. It uses traditional techniques with new technology to reduce orthodontic treatment times and improve the appearance of the braces.

ClearSmile Brace uses clear brackets, as opposed to metal brackets. The wire used in a ClearSmile Brace is also coated with a tooth coloured material. As a result, ClearSmile Brace is less visible than traditional fixed braces.


To discuss any of these treatments or schedule an appointment with the dentist or hygienist, or a free orthodontic consultation, please call 01 668 3242 or email