Child Care Dentistry
Early dental care gets a child accustomed to a clean cavity free mouth. Because children become accustomed to clean teeth they will continue with the proper habits to ensure this clean feeling in the future as well. Child Care Dentistry takes care of your child. Pediatric Dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children
why should we worry about cavities in baby teeth when these teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth later ?
1. Healthy baby teeth are crucial in helping the baby learn how to speak properly
2. Healthy and nice looking teeth are important in building self-confidence and self-esteem. This is especially important at such an early age. Unfortunately small children can be cruel to one another, quick to tease peers about ugly looking or decayed teeth. Furthermore, bad breath resulting from poor dental hygiene can make your child an outcast among peers.
3. Baby teeth serve as spacers which maintain proper spacing and alignment of the teeth so that permanent teeth have enough room to come in.
4. Baby teeth are important in proper feeding and nutrition. A recent study has illustrated a potential link between the number of cavities a child has and the probability of the child being underweight.
It is crucial to note that proper care of baby teeth is not only important now but for the future as well.
When should my child first see a Dentist?
Reasons for an early visit:
Bringing a child when there is no emergency will make the visit a pleasant experience. Parents may not recognize a dental problem in its early stages.
Your Dentist can prevent problem like decay from occurring.
Advise on nutrition and home care can be provided.
Fear of the dental clinic is learned from personal experience or what a child hears from others. Be completely natural when you inform your child about this visit. Make it sound like a routine item. Allow your child to get familiar with the dental clinic. Most important – do not show any anxiety or fear yourself. Children pick-up non-verbal clues very quickly and tend ta mirror the emotions of their parents.
Anatomy of Children’s Teeth
A word of caution
Correcting the Alignment
Decay of the primary teeth indicates that the child is susceptible to tooth decay and requires proper attention to maintain a healthy dentition.An important factor in children responsible for causing tooth decay is the child being bottle-fed and put to bed. This type of decay is extensive and is called as nursing bottle caries.
Haw can the Dentist protect your child’s teeth?
Advise to Parents
The childs teeth should be brushed thoroughly twice daily using a fluoridated toothpaste. This brushing has to be done by the parentsi nitiallyt, ill the child has masteredt he necessary skills
Allow the child to eat what he/she likes, but with or immediately after meals. This should be followed by brushing or thorough rinsing of the mouth. These measures will ensure that the food particles are cleared from the mouth, thus reducing the incidence of tooth decay.
Sealants should be applied onto the biting surfaces of the permanent back teeth as soon as they erupt. This will prevent decay from occurring in the pits and fissures of these teeth
Fluoride treatment may be considered if your child has a high incidence of decay, or if the level of fluoride in your drinking water is inadequate.