Why are Primary (baby) teeth important?
Primary teeth are important for several reasons. Healthy teeth allow a child to eat and maintain good nutrition, speak clearly with correct pronunciation and develop speech habits. The self-image that healthy teeth give a child is immeasurable. Primary teeth also guide eruption of the permanent teeth.
Child's First Dental Visit
A child's first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with the dentist and his staff. A pleasant and a comfortable visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease for future dental visits. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fear or anxiety they might feel.
Early Dental Care (Teething)
Normally the first tooth erupts between the ages of 6-12 months. Gums tend to become sore, tender and irritable until the age of 3. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or using wet cold pieces of cloth helps soothe the gums. Teething rings work well but avoid teething biscuits - they contain sugar that is not good for baby teeth. While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor their teeth for signs of teeth decay.
How to prevent "Baby Bottle Tooth Decay"?
Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast feed or bottle feed with added sugars in milk. A bottle containing anything other than water and left in an infant's mouth while sleeping can cause decay. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water filled bottle or a pacifier.
Let our paediatric dentists in New Delhi know if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child's mouth.
Dental Sealants - Preventive Dental Treatment
Sealants are thin, clear, composite coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of back permanent teeth (1st and 2nd molars) to protect them from tooth decay. The sealants fill up the small grooves and fissures in children's teeth which are prone to cavities.
Applying sealants takes only a few minutes; is painless, safe, does not involve drilling and are non-dissolvable in the mouth. They last for many years and should be regularly checked by dentists on recall visits.
Plaque Disclosing Tablets - Preventive Dental Treatment
Dental plaque is almost invisible to the naked eye. Plaque disclosing tablets contain a non-toxic vegetable dye (erythrocine) that makes tartar easy to see. Many dental professionals use disclosing products during routine dental visits to teach children how to clean their mouths better. Dentists then prescribe these tablets for use at home. They are particularly effective for youngsters who haven't established the best brushing and flossing habits.
Dental Fillings in children
If you notice any brown or black discoloration in your child's teeth, get it checked. It could be the start of dental decay. The child may or may not complain of pain at this stage. Untreated cavity can spread further and reach the nerve.
What is Root Canal Treatment in children?
When the cavity has become large and involves the nerve, a simple filling is no longer possible. It becomes necessary to do a root canal treatment; else the infection can spread to the permanent tooth underneath. Consult us for kids root canal treatment in New Delhi.
Evaluation for Dental Braces in children
Visit an orthodontist early in age so that he can examine for any potential chances of teeth crowding, spacing or tooth-jaw discrepancies. Discuss with our orthodontists in New Delhi if your child has a habit of thumb sucking, nail biting or tongue thrusting since these can exert pressure on the front teeth. Such habits move the teeth into abnormal positions which may necessitate orthodontic treatment.
Oral Health Management in children
Since most dental conditions are painless at first, you may become unaware of some dental problems until they cause significant damage. For best results, schedule your regular dental check-up every six months.
Patient education and motivation is necessary to ensure a lifetime of dental health. By following the above simple preventive dental treatments in India and home care suggestions, one can always be assured of stress-free oral health. Visit our dental clinic in New Delhi for a complete examination by Dr. Shivani Gupta (DDS, BDS).