Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.

Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Today, early childhood dental caries—an infectious disease—is 5 times more common in children than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.

Are milk teeth important ?

Milk teeth serve an important function of helping the child to bite and chew their food, to smile and speak and sometimes defend themselves. They help in maintaining the space for the permanent teeth as they erupt. Milk teeth by their functions helps in the general nutrition and health of the child. Any decay or problems in the milk teeth can also affect the permanent teeth.

What do I do if my child’s permanent teeth erupts before milk teeth falls off?

Typically permanent front teeth in the lower jaw develop and erupt behind the milk teeth. As they erupt they will dissolve the root of the milk so that they fall off. However, only if the permanent teeth erupt completely and the milk teeth do not show signs of any mobility, they must be extracted.

When do I start brushing my child teeth?

Once the first tooth starts erupting in the baby mouth, cleaning using clean gauze or tissue or using even the finger brush is recommended. Once the upper and lower front teeth erupt, it is advised to start brushing with baby toothbrush with a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. By the age of 2 years, half a pea size of toothpaste is recommended. Brushing is always recommended to be done twice a day – morning and night. It is rightly said that toothbrush and paste are the last things your teeth come in contact before you sleep.

What to do if my child is not cooperating on the dental chair?

Behaviour of the child in the dental clinic is an important factor for efficient and effective dental treatment. However all children do not cooperate on the dental chair. Negative experience or pain with injections at the paediatrician offices, seeing parents or sibling undergoing painful treatment, parental use of dental treatment as a threat are some of the reasons for a child to refuse dental treatment. It is possible to manage older children in the dental operatory with parental support and encouragement. Younger children or pre-schoolers with extensive treatment often have to be admitted and oral rehabilitation to be done under general anaesthesia as a day-care procedure.

When should I bring my child to the dental clinic for the first time?

It is encouraged to bring the child as early as a baby if possible to the dental clinic to acquaint it with dental team and setup. A maintenance visit every 6 months is recommended for counselling regarding diet, oral hygiene and developmental milestones.

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