Child Dental Care
We recommend a first checkup by 12 months old to make certain that teeth and jaw development are normal, and even more importantly so that parents and guardians know how to help their children be healthy from the start. Guidelines for working with children.
- Parents/guardians are always welcome in the room.
- Comfort is always our concern.
- Parent / guardian consent and guidance are vital, before any procedure.
First Visit: We recommend a first checkup by 12 months. A simple guide for when to schedule the first visit: no longer than 6 months after the first tooth is erupted at least by 12 months old as soon as possible if you have any queries
There is a significant value for early well-baby dental checkups. In particular, checkups for very young children address many concerns including teaching adults how to care for their child’s teeth and gums, how to help their children learn to care for themselves, answering parents questions and concerns, and planning for future dental health.
- Braces/bite evaluation
- Cavity check
- Check health of gums
- Habit evaluation
- Homecare / prevention
- Fluoride use
- Review diet
- Address adult’s concerns
- Teach adults how to care for child’s teeth
Home Dental Care Tips
It is often difficult initially to brush your child’s teeth. They can really put up a struggle, screaming, kicking, crying, running away, not opening their mouths – every kid is different.
Healthy teeth and gums are so important to start out life with. We’ve often heard the value of choosing your battles with your children, and this is one to choose.
Remember that the initial challenge you face is actually more taxing on you than it ultimately is for your child.
1. Pit And Fissure Sealants
What Are Pit and Fissure Sealants?
A sealant is a resin material that is applied to the pits and fissures of back teeth.
A sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the enamel from bacterial plaque in cavity prone areas.
Children are much more susceptible to tooth decay than adults and should have their back teeth sealed as soon as the teeth grow in fully.
Applying sealants is a quick, easy and painless procedure.
They are painted on and bonded in place.
How Does the Pit and Fissure Sealants Work?
Most often, chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth prone to more amount of decay.
This is because these teeth have numerous pits and grooves on it. Even if a child brushes carefully, it is difficult to clean the small grooves and pits, which is present on these teeth.
Food debris and bacterial products tend to accumulate on these surfaces making them more prone to decay.
Pit and fissure sealants are material introduced to fill these grooves so as to resists the accumulation of food debris within it.
For How Long Do the Sealants Last?
Research shows that sealants can last for many years. If a child is capable of maintaining good oral hygiene and can avoid biting hard objects it can retain the sealants for a substantial amount of time.
2. Space Maintainer
What Are Space Maintainers?
Space maintainers are small appliances which are either fixed or removable type, used to maintain space in the jaws if a milk tooth is lost or removed prematurely.
What Are the Advantages of Having Space Maintainers?
Once Space maintainers are placed, they prevent the adjacent tooth from moving into the space created by the premature loss of milk tooth.
This, in turn, preserves the space for the permanent tooth as well as prevent malocclusions from developing.
It has been estimated that 60% of malocclusion is because of premature loss of milk tooth and lack of space maintenance.
4. Pulpectomy or Root Canal
Also known as a “baby root canal.” This is a treatment done on a living baby tooth that has a cavity that extends to the inside of the tooth.
Once a cavity reaches the inside of the tooth, the living part, the inside of the tooth becomes infected with bacteria and needs to be cleaned out.
When we do this, we clean (or the drill) out the cavity and make a hole into the inside of the tooth.
All of the infected living tissue inside the tooth is then removed.
The inside of the tooth is completely cleaned out and is now hollow.
Medicine is then placed inside the tooth to help prevent infection and fill the empty space.
A crown will then be placed on top of the tooth to help prevent further infection and to replace the tooth removed due to the cavities.
5. Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride Treatment is a safe and effective treatment for the prevention of cavities in children.
Fluoride is a mineral that fortifies teeth and makes the teeth less susceptible to decay.
Although we receive fluoride from food and water, professional fluoride treatments are sometimes necessary if there are pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth or if the root surfaces are exposed or sensitive.
Frequent intake of sugar and carbohydrate, inadequate saliva production and insufficient fluoride intake also call for a professional fluoride treatment.