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Dentistry is our profession, but children are our focus at Clove.
Every child deserves a healthy smile. At Clove Dental, Pediatric Dentists strive to ensure that your child receives outstanding oral care in a fun, relaxed and professional environment.
To prevent future dental problems of all kinds, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a baby’s first oral exam should be no later than his/her first birthday (6-12 months old).
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric Dentists specialises in child Dentistry. A Pediatric Dentist has three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and special Oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications.
Clove Dental Clinic offers a full range of dental services for children and adolescents (through age 18) including:
- Comprehensive oral evaluation and assessments
- Teeth cleaning
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Space maintainers (to save space for adult teeth)
- Interceptive Orthodontics (Myo functional appliances)
- Habit breaking appliances
- Preventive treatments like fluoride and sealants
Importance of milk teeth
As milk teeth fall out, it is a common misconception that they do not matter. The primary teeth have a number of important roles:
- Essential in the first step of digesting food: chewing, biting and grinding
- Allow good pronunciation and speech habits
- Encourage normal development of the jaw bones and muscles
- Ensure there is enough room for permanent teeth to erupt
- Help your child feel comfortable about the way he/she looks
- Guide the permanent teeth to erupt at the correct position in the dental arch since the permanent teeth grow under the primary teeth
- Also, your child’s general health can be affected if diseased baby teeth aren’t treated. Remember, some primary molars are not replaced until age ten to fourteen, so they must last for years
Root canal treatment in milk teeth
If you think your child is too young to need root canal treatment, think again — there is no age limit for this treatment. If his/her primary (baby) teeth have been injured, or if decay has advanced deep into the roots of your child’s teeth, a root canal treatment to stabilize teeth may be needed.
Root canal treatment removes infection from the pulp, the living tissue that is found inside the tooth’s roots. The pulp contains the tooth’s nerves, so tooth pain is often an indication that decay has moved into the pulp.
Root canal treatment is a simple procedure wherein instruments are used to clean the root canals of teeth followed by inserting a medication so as to maintain the teeth properly in the oral cavity.
Frequently children acquire certain habits that may either temporarily or permanently be harmful to teeth and tooth supporting structures. These habits are acquired as a result of repetition. In the initial stages there is a conscious effort to perform the act. Later the act becomes less conscious and if repeated often enough may enter the realms of unconsciousness.
Some common oral habits seen in children include thumb sucking, mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, lip biting, grinding of teeth and nail biting.
Certain reminding appliances called habit breaking appliances assist the child who is willing to quit the habit but is not able to do so as the habit has entered the subconscious level. They may be removable or fixed appliances.
Common Appliances in Pediatric Dentistry:
- Twin Block
- Habit Breaking appliances
- Space Maintainers
- Head Gear
A child’s teeth are more prone to decay due to lack of proper dexterity of brushing. Application of professional fluorides at regular intervals strengthens the tooth structure by incorporating fluoride ions into the structure making them more prone to acid dissolution. Not only do the permanent but also milk teeth benefit from fluoride treatment.
The chewing surfaces of teeth are never flat. They have in fact certain depressions called Pit and Fissures which serve as potential traps for food and bacteria making the teeth susceptible for decay. Therefore as a preventive measure certain pits and fissure sealants are placed.
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth — the molars and premolars — to help protect them from decay. The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves — “fissures” — that make them vulnerable to decay. With sealants, tooth brushing becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued. And anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, encourages proper oral care.
Oral care for children
To help your children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, teach them to follow these simple steps:
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque-the sticky film on teeth that’s the main cause of tooth decay
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning
- Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods, which produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay. When you do eat these foods, try to eat them with your meal instead of as a snack-the extra saliva produced during a meal helps rinse food from the mouth
- Take your child to the dentist for regular checkups
Before & After Picture Gallery
Decayed Front Teeth
Decayed Teeth filled by Composites
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