dental health is established early in life. Oral
care should begin soon after the baby's birth.
Because we care for children from the time their
first tooth appears until he or she has all their
adult teeth, pedodontics focuses heavily on preventative
oral care to reduce the risk of future complications.
you have to keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy
Good oral hygiene is the proper care of teeth
and gums so they can be their healthiest during
childhood and afterwards. Pediatricians recommend
starting cleaning baby's teeth and gums as soon
as the first tooth comes in. When teeth appear
in the mouth, decay can occur. If a deciduous
tooth is lost too early, the teeth on either side
may drift into the empty space thereby eliminating
the necessary room for the succeeding permanent
tooth to erupt into its proper position. This
problem could cause a malocclusion (crooked
teeth), and may contribute to decay and periodontal disease.
like adults, need their deciduous (baby) teeth
for chewing, appearance,
and speaking, they also need
a full set of healthy teeth to hold space in their
jaws for the permanent teeth. Milk teeth play
an important role in the alignment and spacing
of permanent teeth.If milk teeth are lost too
early, the position of the other teeth may be
affected and this can lead to a bad bite
and jaw pain in later life.
Habits such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing and tongue thrusting are very often observed in growing children. They
are usually due to a variety of reasons, including
psychological. These habits can cause mal-alignment
of teeth. Attempts must be made to pin-point
the cause and treat it to break the habit, certain
habit-breaking appliances can be constructed by
the dentist to be worn by the child to get rid
of the habit.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and
the American Dental Association recommend a first
checkup before your child turns one. The purpose
of this visit is for a preventive exam only. Your
child's clean, healthy teeth are important in so
many ways. The earlier the first dental
visit, the better chance of preventing dental problems.
children's first visit
is a piece of advice how to maintain your childs
A balanced diet
Discourage sugary or starchy snacks.
Seek early dental care for your young one.
Encourage good oral health and hygiene habits
Have children brush frequently with fluoride
- Examination and diagnosis,
check for tooth decay or other dental problems.
- Scaling and polishing of
teeth, fluoride application and sealant for
prevention of caries.
- Advise the parents about
the child's dental hygiene and problems like
thumbsucking, mouth breathing ,tongue thrusting
and nursing bottle decay....
- Identify your child's fluoride
- Get the child used with
the dental office environment and the dentist.
treatment provided in our clinic Filling
of the decayed tooth.
Decay in baby
teeth can occur very quickly due to the characteristics
of milk teeth tissues. Cavities can reach the
nerve space very fast, and no one likes to see
youngsters suffer with tooth pains. And that is
also dangerous that a permanent tooth source can
be infected and this influence it structure and
Bottle Tooth Decay:
form of decay among young children is Nursing
Bottle Tooth Decay and most often occurs in the
upper front teeth. Babies shouldn't fall asleep
with bottles in their mouths the sugar in juices
or milk formulas can cause tooth decay, leading
to cavities and even tooth loss. Severely decayed
front teeth can be saved and restored by placement
of laboratory bonded stainless steel crowns.
What else can
parents do to prevent cavities?
- Encourage your child to brush,
use fluoride toothpaste and floss every day.
- Take your child to the dentist for regular
- Give your child healthy foods and avoid candy and foods with lots of sugar.
- Fluoride application is a single sitting
procedure done once every six months. Fluoride
makes the tooth structure stronger, so teeth
are more resistant to acid attacks. It also
helps repair the early stages of tooth decay
(before the formation of a cavity).
Sealants are an excellent way to protect normal
pits and grooves on chewing surfaces of molars
and premolars from decay. They are a safe, painless,
require no drilling. and low-cost way, much better
financial investment than treating decay after
it has started.
||The tooth is etched with
a mild acid to create retention for the sealant,
then rinsed and air dried.
||The liquid sealant is painted into the
grooves of the teeth.
||A high intensity light is used to activate
the liquid plastic to harden.
Sealants are not permanent., while they may last
up to 10 years, 2 to 4 years is a more reasonable
estimate. They can wear off or chip off earlier
in certain instances, provided the sealant is
continuously monitored by a dentist.
There are no
appropriate alternatives to sealants. If a tooth
has decay, it will need a filling or other restoration.
Extraction of badly broken down teeth, mobile
teeth and timely extraction of few deciduous teeth
to allow normal eruption of permanent teeth.
Injuries to teeth are very often seen in kids
indulging in sporting activities. If it is only
a small shift or crack we can fill it with resin
composite. In case a tooth is fractured or is
knocked out of its socket, the child should be
immediately taken to the dentist. A knocked out
tooth may be preserved and transported to the
dental clinic in a wet medium, or milk. The dentist
may be able to put the tooth back into its original
place, making it possible for the tooth to last
its intended life-span.
orthodontic correction of teeth.
The Space Maintainer is a special appliance
recommended to preserve the space when baby
teeth have been removed or lost prematurely.
The appliance can also serve as an anchor to
prevent adult teeth from drifting into space
reserved for unerputed or additional teeth.
Thumb sucking is a common habit among many children.
It is common with children under two and is associated
with the need to seek food. In some infants it
can signal fatigue, sleep, hunger, teething and
When it becomes a problem
The problem gets serious if it continues after
the age of six, when the permanent teeth are
about to appear. In some cases thumb sucking
is substituted by another dangerous habit as
placing pencils between the teeth or biting
the lips. If the child doesn't stop thumb sucking
in time, it is possible some teeth to get misplaced
and require orthodontic treatment. Long-term
thumb sucking may also affect the growth of
the child's palate, which can lead to poor tongue
placement and problems with chewing, swallowing
How to stop
Usually children stop the habit on their own.
Don't put the children in a state of anxiety
or fear. Avoid punishing the children. That
might have the opposite result.
If they don't, ask the advice
of a pediatric dentist for further support. Your
dentist may have other suggestions such as a reminder
bar that is placed in the upper mouth.