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Pediatric Dentistry / Kids

Develop a lifetime of good oral habits for your newborn by habitually cleaning gums after each feed with a soft, damp washcloth. Also, take your child to a dentist as soon as you welcome the first milk tooth or latest by first birthday. This initiative of yours will provide a better chance to the dentist to prevent any dental problems in your child. Keep in mind that the best time to visit a dentist is in the morning when your child is well rested throughout the night and is more cooperative to dental examination. Also, morning appointments will not pose conflicts on your child’s mealtimes or naps. Remember, children who enjoy their first trip to their dentists suggest a promising attitude towards their dental care, health and habits.

Pedodontists are Child Specialists Who Perform the Following Procedures :

  • Comprehensive Oral Evaluation and Assessments
  • Preventive Dental Care
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions
  • Dental Sealants
  • Painless Dentistry
  • Habit Counseling
  • Teeth Straightening
  • Care for Dental Injuries
  • Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Injuries to children's teeth are stressful for children and parents alike. It is best to contact your dentist immediately should your child need urgent dental treatment. Prompt treatment leads to better chances of treating and saving your child's teeth. Parents must keep the dentist’s emergency phone numbers always available and convenient for easy reference. Here are a few quick fix for dental emergencies before you visit your dentist.

Toothache : First, you should rinse your child's mouth with lukewarm water and gently apply cold compress to reduce any swelling. Never apply heat or aspirin directly on the tooth or gums. Aspirin is acidic and may cause burns or stings. Over the counter pain medications adjusted accordingly to your child's age and weight will help relieve pain and discomfort. If your child has something lodged in between his teeth, gently remove it using a dental floss. Do not use any sharp tool or metal to remove it.
Book an appointment with your dentist immediately.

Broken, Chipped or Knocked Out Tooth : Rinse the affected tooth with clean water and do not touch its root; handle it by the crown only. Do not use soap to clean it. For the knocked out tooth, try to place it back in its socket and gently hold it steady with a clean cloth. If you're unable to do it, place it in a clean container with cold water or milk. Do not wrap it in tissue or in a cloth. The tooth should not be allowed to dry.
Your child should visit the dentist at the earliest to save the tooth.

Loose Tooth : Loose tooth should be removed to avoid your child from swallowing or choking from it. You must ensure that your child only removes the loose tooth. Only your child knows how much discomfort can be withstood.
Visit the dentist at the earliest to examine any possibility of infection.

Broken Jaw : Use cold compress to reduce swelling. Your child might need immediate medical attention as severe blows to the head can be life-threatening.
Rush to a hospital / dentist, as need be, at the earliest.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQ

Are baby teeth important to be cared for?

Primary or 'baby' teeth play a vital role in your child's over-all development. Healthy and well-aligned teeth are essential for proper nutrition, speech and consequently, as well as self-esteem. Without good teeth formation, your child may have difficulty in forming words or speaking clearly. Baby teeth hold space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. Teeth next to a missing tooth may encroach into the space left by the missing tooth thereby resulting to permanent teeth forming in the wrong positions.

What dental problems can my child have at such an early age?

A child's diet is a major factor concerning tooth decay. Teeth are at risk for decay as soon as the first tooth erupts. An early examination evaluates your child's risk of developing an oral disease using a caries risk assessment.

Can my child get tooth decay from milk and other infant formula?

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD) or Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is attributed to prolonged duration of bottle feeding among children. Putting a child to sleep with a bottle of milk, juice or formula can lead to tooth decay. In addition, giving your child sweetened liquids over a long period of time means protracted contact between the bacteria on the susceptible tooth surface and the sugars present in the feeds or liquids. This increases the risk for dental caries.

How can I help my child avoid tooth decay?

You should never put your child to sleep with a bottle. Avoid sugary foods and drinks and maintain a healthy diet for your child. Do not flavor pacifiers with sweetened substances like honey or syrups. Also, brush your child’s teeth twice daily and clean them after giving medications that may contain high sugary content.

At what age should I take my child for his first dental checkup?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that a child should visit the dentist no later than his first birthday. A child should be examined by the dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts, usually between six to twelve months.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Ideally, your child should visit a dentist for checkups once every six months. However, your dentist may recommend more or less visits depending on your child's personal oral health.

What happens on your child’s first visit?

Your child’s teeth and gums will be checked for signs of tooth decay or other problems. X-rays may also be taken to evaluate whether the facial bones and teeth are developing properly, or if there are hidden decay. Depending upon the requirement, your child’s teeth will be cleaned and oral habits, such as thumb-sucking, assessed. It’s important that parents talk about the first appointment in a positive way and not use or portray dental visits as punishments. Never let anyone tell your child scary stories about seeing the dentist. Also, never bribe your child into going for the first dental visit; this may appear to children as ways of making them do something that may hurt or disadvantage them. Instead, make your child understand the advantages of having teeth and gums examined while portraying it as a fun activity.

Is it necessary for my child to have dental X-rays taken?

X-ray is a safe procedure for children as well. X-rays help determine whether your child's teeth and jaw are healthy and aligned. It is recommended that X-rays are taken at an early age for your child so that the dentist is able to examine and devise ways to prevent future dental problems.

Does my child need sealants?

Dental sealants are coatings that are used to fill the crevices or pits on the chewing surfaces of teeth to avoid tooth damage. They prevent food particles from being stuck in your child's teeth. It is recommended that a child visits the dentist for his sealants as soon as his permanent teeth set in.

How do I know that my baby has started to teeth? What can I do to help ease the discomfort?

Symptoms of a teething baby include restlessness and irritability, gum swelling, sleeping problems, loss of appetite, increased saliva or drooling, rashes or redness in the cheeks and frequent biting of fingers and other objects into the mouth. You should comfort the baby by giving something to chew on, such as a cold teeth ring or a cold clean washcloth. The child needs to be soothed by regular and gentle massaging and rubbing of the gums. If none of this works, your doctor may suggest giving your baby acetaminophen to relieve the pain.

When should I start cleaning my baby's teeth?

Good oral hygiene should begin even before your baby's first tooth erupts. Get into the habit of wiping the gums with a clean, soft washcloth after each feedings and before you put your baby to sleep. There's no need for toothpaste just yet and you should simply wrap the cloth around your finger and gently rub it along the lower and upper gums. Getting your baby used to having the gums cleaned is a good preparation for tooth brushing later on.

When should I begin brushing my baby’s teeth?

Start using a toothbrush as soon as the first tooth erupts. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and commercially available toothpaste made especially for young children. Teething generally starts at about six months and it causes irritability and discomfort for most babies. You should brush the baby’s tongue gently to avoid buildup of bacteria that causes infections and bad breath. Replace toothbrushes every two to three months.

Does my child require a fluoridated toothpaste? Am I giving my baby just the right amount of toothpaste?

Fluoride strengthens the protective structure of the teeth (enamel). This mineral makes the teeth more resistant to acids and bacteria that break down and damage the tooth enamel. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, use a 'smear' of toothpaste for children less than two years of age and a 'pea-sized' amount for children aged two to five. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis. Fluorosis causes white spots that stain the teeth. Remember to teach your child to spit out toothpaste after brushing.

Is thumb-sucking harmful for my child's teeth?

Thumb-sucking is common among children. It is a natural urge for babies to soothe themselves whenever they feel hungry, restless or sleepy. It is best to put a stop to thumb-sucking before permanent teeth come in. This may not only trigger problems with proper chewing and swallowing, it may also cause teeth to grow out of alignment (malocclusion) and position.

How Can I Help My Child Quit Thumb-sucking?

This is a three-pronged process Constantly remind your child the disadvantages of thumb sucking by being open and talking about it. Nagging will most likely lead to worse results. A positive reminder is useful for children who are ready to stop the habit. Distract your child by offering other comfort objects like toys or even pacifiers. Pacifiers make less damage to the oral makeup and structure than thumb-sucking. There are over the counter non-toxic bitter paints that you can apply on the fingernails that may help keep the thumb off your child’s mouth. Start a progress chart and reward your child each day for not sucking the thumb.

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