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. Pediatric Dentist are specifically trained for children. They dedicate three years of their learning towards treating children. They are trained to take care of the Oral Health needs of infants and adolescence, including the ones who have special health needs or have to be handled with extra care and effort.
The milk teeth starts erupting in kids during the first 6 months of life. By the time they turn 6 or 7 years in age, their first set of teeth start falling which are then replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. It is important to take proper care of your child’s Oral Health as if not taken care, it can lead to decay and diseases which can then cause lifetime 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
Before & After Picture Gallery
Decayed Front Teeth
Decayed Teeth filled by Composites
Importance of milk teeth
- Essential in the first step of digesting food: chewing, biting and grinding
- Improves speech habits and pronunciation
- It is the basis for development of jaw bones and muscles
- They create room for permanent teeth to erupt
- Help your child feel comfortable about the way he/she looks
- 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
RCT 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 common problem for which parents usually take their children to the dentist is decay. This is because there is a lack of proper dexterity of brushing in children. To avoid the problem of decay parents should get the Fluoride application treatment in children at regular intervals. Fluoride helps to fight plaque and bacteria which can cause enamel loss which further causes cavities. Fluoride also strengthens the tooth structure & helps in bone growth. Under this treatment the dentist incorporate fluoride ions into the tooth structure making them more prone to acid dissolution. This treatment is equally useful for both milk & permanent teeth.
The main reason of decay is the food and bacteria that is trapped in the pits & fissures of teeth. We chew food from the back teeth like molars and premolars which are never flat. The pits & fissures as discussed above are the depressions on these back teeth. They function as potential traps for bacteria & food and make it susceptible for decay. Therefore as a preventive measure certain pits and fissure sealants are placed.
Dental sealants then come to the rescue. Sealants are plastic coatings placed on the chewing surface of the permanent tooth. They protects the tooth from decay. Because of fissures the permanent back teeth, molars and premolars are vulnerable to decay.
As we talked about the habits, it is important to inculcate the habit of maintaining good oral health at very initial stage. This is an investment which will pay lifelong dividends in the form of healthy teeth and healthy lifestyle. Parents should take initiatives to teach their children the correct technique of brushing and for that it is highly important that they themselves should know the correct way of brushing. Make brushing a fun-filled activity for your child, brush along with them and encourage them to take preventive actions.
Oral care for children
Make your child follow these simple steps to protect teeth and cavities which will ultimately reduce the risk of getting cavities:
- Brush twice a day as directed by your dentist with a fluoridated toothpaste.
- As parents, if your child is younger than 3 years in age then make sure you brush their teeth as soon as they start to appear in their mouth using a fluoride toothpaste of size not more than grain of rice.
- For children 3 to 6 years old, use no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- Develop a habit of flossing. This helps to remove plaque between your teeth.
- A well balanced diet is also important. Try avoiding starchy or sugary food as it causes tooth decay. If required eat them with your meal instead of snacking in between.
- Always supervise your child’s brushing to make sure they get right amount of fluoride and spit out instead of consuming it.
- Take your child for dental visits after every 6 months
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