Child (Pediatric) Dentistry


Timely Professional Dental Care in the Formative years can help in giving an Everlasting Smile to your Children!!
Child (Pediatric) Dentistry Most of us and our Children start life with strong, healthy Teeth. Lets help ourselves and our Children stay that way. Your newborn is totally dependent upon you as a parent, your decisions will have a everlasting effect on her future.
Preparing for your Child’s First Dental Visit  
Dental health experts say a lifetime of strong healthy Teeth begins with a Child’s first visit to the dentist. And they say it should be scheduled even when Children still have their baby Teeth.There are a number of problems that affect the oral health of Children, including tooth decay, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking, and early tooth loss. Even though baby Teeth are eventually replaced with permanent Teeth, keeping baby Teeth healthy is important to a Child’s overall health and well-being.
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Useful Tips to prepare your Child for his/her First Dental Visit:

1. Read a story and/or watch a movie with your Child about going to the dentist as Children can relate to characters in a book or on the screen.

2. Make a dental appointment for when your Child is well rested and is generally a good time of day for them.

3. Play “Dentist” with your Child.

Sit down with your Child and count his/her Teeth, check the gum tissues, and just get your Child comfortable with having fingers in his/her mouth.

Your Child’s Dental Health – FAQ


Should I clean my baby’s Teeth?

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Definitely. Even before the first tooth appears, use a soft, clean cloth to wipe your baby’s gums and cheeks after feeding. As soon as the first tooth appears, begin using a small, soft bristled tooth brush to clean the tooth after eating. Don’t cover the brush with toothpaste. Young Children tend to swallow most of the toothpaste, and swallowing too much fluoridated toothpaste can cause permanent spots on their Teeth called dental fluorosis.

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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Baby Bottle Syndrome, or Nursing Bottle Mouth are all terms used to describe a dental condition, which involves the rapid decay of many or all the baby Teeth of an infant or Child.

The Teeth most likely to be damaged are the upper front Teeth. They are some of the first Teeth to erupt and thus have the longest exposure time to the sugars in the bottle. The lower front Teeth tend to be protected by the tongue as the Child sucks on the nipple of the bottle or the breast.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is caused by frequent exposure of a Child’s Teeth for long periods of time to liquid containing sugars. When your baby falls asleep with:

  • a bottle containing formula, milk or juice
  • a pacifier dipped in honey
  • while breast feeding.

 

The liquid pools around the front Teeth. During sleep, the bacteria living in every baby’s mouth, turns the milk sugar or other sugars to acid, which causes the decay.

I find brushing my Child’s Teeth awkward. Any suggestions?

Try having your Child lie down. Put your Child on your lap or on the floor, keeping his/her head steady with your legs. If your Child is standing, have his/her back to you with their head tilted slightly and resting against your body. Have your Child hold a mirror while you brush and floss their Teeth so your Child can see what is being done.

Is it important to brush before bed?

Yes. If you have to miss a brushing, the bedtime one is probably the worst one to miss. If you don’t get rid of the bacteria and sugar that cause cavities, they have all night to do harm. While you are awake, saliva helps keep the mouth clean. When you are asleep, there is less saliva produced to clean the mouth. For this reason it is important to brush before bedtime.

How to brush your Child’s Teeth?

Every day plaque forms on the inner, outer, and chewing surface of Teeth and the gums. Tooth brushing is one of the most effective ways to remove the plaque. The best kind of toothbrush to use is one with soft, round-tipped bristles. A Child will need a smaller brush than an adult.

Young Children do not have the manual dexterity to brush properly. Your Child will need your supervision and help brushing until he or she is 8-10 years old to ensure a thorough brushing has been done. When the bristles become bent or frayed, a new brush is needed.

Start flossing your Child’s Teeth when the Teeth touch each other and you can no longer brush in between them.