Children dentistry is dental care for the children from infancy to teen years.
In Confydentz , we have specialists to take care of dental health in children. We do following treatments:
- Oral health examination
- Preventive teeth cleaning and fluoride applications
- Habit counselling
- Early assessment of irregular teeth
- Management of gum diseases like ulcers, mucocelesetc
- Care of dental injuries like fractures or displaced teeth
It’s just a baby tooth, any way it will fall off. Why should I get it treated?
Baby teeth or milk teeth or primary teeth start to erupt at the age of six to twelve months. All these Baby teeth shed out in few years and permanent teeth take their place. However they have really important functions and proper care should be taken for good oral health.
If they are not treated properly the child eventually
- Can’t speak clearly
- Can’t Chew properly
- The child will end up with crowded/crooked permanent teeth
- Suffer from malnutrition
- They have Psychological effect on the child
What is a dental implant?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday. Your child should be taken to a dentist when the first tooth starts erupting or before his/her first birthday in order to prevent dental problems.
Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child’s teeth?
By the age of 5yrs to 6yrs most children stop these habits. Thumb sucking and pacifier habits become a problem only when they are prolonged for longer period. If the child uses a pacifier constantly and aggressively it can become oral health problem which needs to be addressed as early as possible, and a habit breaking appliance may be recommended We at Confydentz have a well-qualified Pediatric dentist who treats our children with all dental needs.
What are dental sealants and fluoride gels?
Sealants are thin layer of coatings placed on the teeth with deep fissures(grooves) mostly back teeth, on their upper or chewing surfaces. In the depressions and grooves they are bonded immediately and they help in protecting the enamel of each tooth. They will not allow the tooth to form caries by forming a barrier between tooth surface and bacteria. Sealants with fluoride combination have more potential of driving away caries in children.
What should I do if my child falls and knocks out his/her tooth?
The American academy of pediatric dentistry has developed this brief guide to help parents and caregivers be prepared for the most common types of childhood injuries.
WHAT TO DO IF…
1) A BABY TOOTH/MILK TOOTH IS KNOCKED OUT
- Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. QUICK ACTION can lessen the child’s discomfort and PREVENT INFECTION.
- Rinse the mouth with water AND APPLY COLD COMPRESSES to reduce swelling.
- Spend time COMFORTING THE CHILD rather than looking for the tooth. Remember baby teeth should not be replanted because of potential damage to the developing permanent teeth.
2) A TOOTH IS CHIPPED OR BROKEN
- Contact your pediatric children dentist IMMEDIATELY. Fast action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment.
- Rinse the mouth with WATER AND APPLY COLD COMPRESSES to reduce swelling.
- If a patient can find the broken tooth fragment, it is important to TAKE IT TO THE DENTIST.
3) A PERMANENT TOOTH IS KNOCKED OUT
- Find the tooth, rinse it gently in cool water.
- Never hold the tooth by the root surface
- Do not scrub it or use soap.
- REPLACE THE TOOTH in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or wash cloth.
- If you cannot put the tooth in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container preferably with cold milk. If milk is not available put it in a container with child’s saliva but NOT IN WATER.
- Take the child and the tooth to our hospital IMMEDIATELY or call on our number.
4) AN ACTIVITY INVOLVES RISK OR FALLS OR COLLISIONS
- Wear a mouth guard when activity involves the risk of falls, collisions, or contact with hard surfaces or equipment.
- Pre- formed mouth guards can be purchased in sporting goods stores or customized mouth guards can be prepared by our pediatric dentist.
How safe are dental X-rays for children?
Risk with dental x-rays is very little. The radiation to which the children are exposed is carefully limited and monitored by the pediatric dentist. For the safety and minimized radiation lead aprons and high speed films are used. It has been proved that the radiation exposure is almost equal to that from short airplane flight.
Why is early orthodontic care important?
Treatment in young children is called as early orthodontics or interceptive orthodontics. Early orthodontics can enhance your child’s smile, but the benefits far surpass appearance. It can be started as early as 6-7 years of age. Teeth are not yet erupted fully and jaw is in growing stage.
It is done to:
- Straighten the inclined teeth,
- Helps in guiding path of permanent teeth,
- correcting bite problems,
- Minimize the need for tooth removal,
- Makes brushing more effective
- Makes teeth and gums less prone to caries and infection
When should you start using toothpaste for children and how much?
When teeth begin to appear start brushing twice daily. Before three years child’s teeth are cleaned with water and tooth brush or with soft bristles or finger brush. Brushing by children after 3 years should be supervised by the parents. Toothpaste used should be pea-sized amount and children should not swallow excessive toothpaste. Fluoridated toothpaste should not be used until age 3yrs as they cannot spit it out and excess fluoride is not good for children at that age.