Pediatric (Child) Dentistry

A child’s first dental check-up must begin soon after his/her first birthday. First visit to a dentist is short and demands little treatment. We ask either parent to sit in the dental chair holding their child while he/she is examined. The parent may be asked to wait at the reception so that a fear-free relationship can be built between the dentist and the child.

Apart from examining your child’s gum and teeth, we also check for decay & other likely problems, we teach you the ways to properly clean your child’s teeth everyday, evaluate undesirable habits such as sucking thumb, identify the his/her fluoride needs and teach you the ways to clean keep your baby’s gums and teeth clean.

Human Beings have 2 sets of teeth:

1. Deciduous or Milk Teeth: These teethare also known as baby teeth and they start coming out between six months and one year of age. They start falling off from six years till thirteen years of age. There are twenty deciduous teeth in a baby’s mouth.

2.Permanent Teeth: They start coming out after the child’s sixth birthday. There are thirty-two permanent teeth, and the last to come out are the wisdom teeth anywhere between 18 to 25 years of age.

Care for Deciduous Teeth

It starts soon with child birth. After feeding, wipe your baby’s gums with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. Start brushing your baby’s teeth with luke-warm water after the first tooth show up. Small amount of toothpaste is used once the baby learns to rinse. We recommend Fluoridated toothpaste because it helps to avert cavity formation.

Cavity in Deciduous Teeth

“Baby bottle teeth decay” is caused in young children due to prolong and frequent exposures of baby’s teeth to fluids containing sugar such as fruit juices, milk (including breast milk), and several carbonated drinks. This is usually noticed in babies that are fed with bottle while they are asleep. The milk forms a deep sugary layer on the teeth. Germs consume this and outset forming acids dissolving the structure of the tooth thus forming cavities.

Need for treating Deciduous Teeth

Early loss, over retained and decayed milk teeth not only affects the development but also the position of permanent teeth that erupts beneath thus causing irregularities in them. Unknowingly, the child becomes a dental patient in his/her future life. Therefore, deciduous are significant in healthy eruption of your permanent teeth.

Treatment

                    Children are different from adult dental patients. They must feel comfortable and safe prior to permitting anyone (including a doctor) to help them. Specialized instruments are utilized for treating children making the treatment faster, smoother, and safer.

 

Preventing Decay in Deciduous Teeth

  1. Fluoride Treatment: This is a special treatment whereby concentrated fluoride gel is applied on the teeth for reducing the probabilities of cavity. This fluoride reacts with enamel making it resistant to assail by cavity producing germs. This treatment is carried out once in six months.
  2. Cavity and Fissure Sealers: These are unique free flowing materials that fill the cavities and fissures on the teeth’s chewing surface. It prevents the food particles from getting clung in these regions thus reducing cavity formation. Moreover, it makes your teeth strong from within and cavity-resistant.

 Tips to Prevent Cavity

  • Limit incidence or frequency of snacks and meals
  • Encourage to brush, floss and rinse
  • Watch what your child drinks
  • Make treats part of the meal.
  • Avoid sticky food
  • Prefer nutritious and fibrous food
  • Use Fluoridated toothpaste only
  • Schedule periodic dental check-ups

These habits, if established at an initial age, prove to be significantly helpful in maintaining good and hygienic oral health throughout your child’s life.