Child is nature’s most beautiful creation. They need tender love and Care to blossom in a healthy way.When we talk about a child’s overall health , Dental health plays a very vital role. What your child eats in a day shapes his overall growth. For a healthy and balanced diet, it is extremely important that the child has a healthy Oral and dental environment.
Paediatric Dentistry is a specialised branch of dentistry, that deals specifically with Dental Care & Treatment for children from Birth to Adolescence.
We at our centre have a compassionate team of Pediatric Dentists, who believe that children should be dealt with utmost kindness and empathy during their dental visits.Our purpose is not only to relieve your child from the dental discomfort, but also to make sure that he/she leaves our premises with a Positive Attitude taking away pleasant memories and with a willingness to comeback with a smile in future.
In the older times, Children's Dental health was never taken seriously, as the parents and other elder family members believed that preservation and care of something that would eventually fall off in a few years is of no great value.
This was extremely sad , as children even if suffered from infections and abscesses were not taken to a dentist.There was a lack of dental awareness amongst common people and also a lot of myths surrounded dental treatment back then.
The current trend however has undergone tremendous transition as parents are now more vigilant and active when it comes to their child’s overall health, including his/her Oro-Dental Health. In the current scenario , it has become even more important that the parents and caretakers pay full attention to the child’s dental health as the dietary pattern and habits have undergone enormous change in the past few years.
There has been a deterioration in our Diet which now mainly comprises refined, sticky and non fibrous food items, unlike in the older times where the majority of the diet was highly fibrous and self cleansing. Also, kids nowadays snack junk food frequently between the meals.The current transition in our feeding habits demands a meticulous oral hygiene regimen to be followed along with frequent and regular visits to a Paediatric Dentist.So, the awareness for Dental care has increased but the dietary habits have deteriorated.
Parents and Caretakers usually think that active tooth brushing should be started only once all the teeth of the child have erupted in the oral cavity. A Child attains his complete set of baby teeth by the age of 2-3 yrs .
It's sad that in most of the parts of the world, the parents do practically nothing before that age group as far as oral and dental hygiene is concerned. They literally wait for all the teeth to appear and settle in before commencing tooth brushing and cleaning.
As we all know that an infant relies mostly on milk till the age of 8-9 months and posts that on semisolid not fibrous food items that are easy to chew with their newly erupted baby teeth. Adopting no oral hygiene at all from Birth to 3 yrs ,exposes these kids to an immense risk of Early Childhood Caries which can be extremely harmful affecting the child’s overall health and well being eventually.
A lot of parents are surprised to know that the Suitable age to start cleaning the child’s Oral Cavity is about Right after birth. We know that no teeth have erupted by that time, but when we talk about oral hygiene, teeth are not the only parts of the mouth that need cleaning.
When a child feeds exclusively on milk which has an active cariogenic sugar called lactose,a thin layer of this sugar keeps getting deposited on the gum pads of these infants which should ideally be cleaned at regular intervals , at least once a day with a wet soft piece of clean cloth or wet gauge piece wrapped around the forefinger of mother or the caregiver.
This however should be done in an extremely gentle manner without hurting or annoying the child at all.
Teething starts in 6-8 months of age in infants and in general this is the age when you can switch from Gauge cleaning to actually using a baby Toothbrush which again is in the form of a Finger toothbrush worn on the forefinger of the caretakers and gently done targeting only the erupted 1 or 2 teeth.
Every effort should be taken to avoid impinging the bristles of the newly introduced Fingerbrush on the child’s gum pad . Parents, sometimes in a tendency to rush up the whole procedure of brushing , accidently & unknowingly hurt the soft tissue of the child, making the overall experience extremely unpleasant for him. Use of a toothpaste can be avoided at this very initial stage as the child would swallow whatever is being introduced at this time.
We, at our centre, conduct Parents Counselling Sessions wherein the parents are taught to properly conduct oral hygiene practices for their kids as a routine.Our Pediatric Dentists answer all your doubts and queries related to your Child’s Dental Care.
A lot of parents are usually in a dilemma as to when they should first take their child to a Paediatric Dentist. Most people think and believe that they should wait for the entire tooth set to completely erupt. Even worse, that few think that they should only visit a Pediatric dentist in case the child complains of any dental pain or till they see a decayed tooth.
Unfortunately, Since time and ages,Dentistry has been closely associated with pain and discomfort. This is well established deep inside most of us and we somehow don’t want our children to be going through that experience.Dentistry has immensely evolved and surely for the better. Owing to the advancements in equipment and technology,it's no more a traumatic and painful experience.
Moreover, Paediatric Dentists are highly trained and skilled professionals, who are extremely efficient in dealing with your child’s oral and dental issues. They are trained to deal with child’s psychology and manage their fears accordingly inside a dental office.
The first Dental visit of your child should be immediately after his/her first tooth erupts in the oral cavity. It's important that you visit a paediatric dentist with your child because a specialist will not only check for caries or decays ( cavities as called by most of the parents), but also would examine the overall oral tissues like your child’s tissues of inner cheek area, tongue, palate , lips , uvula ( tonsillar area), floor of the mouth etc.
The ambience of our Centre is designed to provide your child with a soothing visual experience.Our Pediatric Dentists generally don’t initiate the treatment in the 1st visit itself,but this visit is just to :
Nursing bottle caries is a form of tooth decay which is caused by children sleeping with bottles in their mouth overnight or for a few hours at a stretch.
This is also called Baby bottle or Nursing bottle Syndrome. It is caused when a child goes to bed with a bottle filled with milk or juice--anything except water. It usually affects children between the ages of one and two years. Breastfed infants who fall asleep while breastfeeding are also at risk.
The following are the most common signs and symptoms of nursing caries:
Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth).
Keep in mind that fluoride varnish treatments cannot completely prevent cavities. Fluoride varnish treatments can best help prevent decay when a child is also brushing using the right amount of toothpaste with fluoride, flossing regularly, getting regular dental care, and eating a healthy diet.
Fluoride varnish is safe and used by Paediatric dentists all over the world to help prevent tooth decay in children. Only a small amount is used, and hardly any fluoride is swallowed. It is quickly applied and hardens. Then it is brushed off after 4 to 12 hours.
It does not hurt when the varnish is applied. However, young children may still cry before or during the procedure. Fortunately, brushing on the varnish takes only a few minutes. Also, applying the varnish may be easier when a child is crying because his mouth will be slightly open. You may be asked to hold your child in your lap while you are placed knee-to-knee with the person applying the varnish.
As a parent, you might not even be able to know all by yourself regarding whether your child needs fluoride treatment or not. Fluoride strengthens your teeth enamel so ideally most children are suitable candidates for active in office fluoride therapy, however a lot of parts in india have high fluoride content in water and this may reflect in your child's teeth as fluoride stains , so your paediatric dentist will best tell you whether your child actually needs fluoride or not. Which implies that a visit to a pediatric dentist is a must to know this.
Every preventive measure is taken to cease the process of rapid tooth structure damage caused due to nursing bottle caries , but still if that happens, it leads to mass destruction of walls of teeth . Restorations and fillings can then no longer provide a stable long term solution to the child patient and more often we have to go for full coverage restorations also known as Strip Crowns.
Strip Crowns are transparent plastic moulds that are used to restore the shape of the primary tooth back to its original form. Our Paediatric Dentists provide you with this Esthetic and Long Lasting treatment option that offers painless restoration of the lost tooth structure in kids.
Another option for Aesthetic anterior crowns is Zirconia Crowns , which are again tooth coloured crowns which cover the tooth surface as a whole. These crowns shed off along with the primary tooth they are cemented on, not affecting the eruption of the underlying permanent tooth .
In case of deep decays in primary teeth, pain and swelling causes great discomfort to the child. We advise Pulpectomy (RCT) of the Primary tooth.
It is important to save the baby tooth with RCT as this persistent infection would otherwise travel down and infect the underlying permanent tooth bud causing damage to it as well.
Also if we plan to prematurely extract the primary tooth in order to avoid pulpectomy (RCT),it would cause the adjacent teeth to migrate or tilt in the extraction space,leading to loss of space that was retained for the underlying permanent successor.
Rct In Children , just like adults, are followed by a crown, which can either be a pre-formed stainless steel crown or a preformed Zirconia crown.
A lot of children since birth acquire oral habits that have deleterious effects on dentition and oral structures. These could be :
Several oral appliances can be given to intervene these habits and stop their consequences. These appliances can be fixed or removable depending upon the patient's cooperation.
Apart from giving appliances and monitoring them from time to time, Our paediatric Dentist would also counsell your child in a positive manner , motivate them to wear the appliances and explain to them how it would help them in the long run.
Dental fear and anxiety is a common problem in pediatric patients. Children are not little adults; they differ physically, psychologically, and emotionally.
As parents we agree, it's not a pleasant experience to see your child crying on the dental chair and struggling every minute to escape the dental procedure. Also you know the procedure is inevitable and is for his own good. What is the solution then ?
The Answer is Sedation. Your child can be sedated orally by administering some sedative agent through Drinks or Through Nitrous Oxide Gas( also known as the Laughing Gas) using a gas mask on the nose. Our Pediatric dentists are well trained and certified to carry out sedation procedures . These procedures are relatively safe and are carried out for short duration treatment procedures like a single filling, RCT or a tooth extraction.
Sedation does not completely put your child to sleep, which means the child will be well aware of his surroundings but still more relaxed, calm and inactive to interfere in the procedure.
All the vitals are monitored during the entire sedation procedure and the child can be discharged immediately as soon as the procedure ends and the effects of sedation wears off which usually takes an hour. You can talk to our Pediatric Dental team to know more about the sedation.
Kids are the future of tomorrow, and a nation with healthy kids is surely a developing nation. Until the time Kids attain maturity and take charge of their own well being, the oral & Dental health of kids is the combined responsibility of the parents as well as their Paediatric Dentists.
Do not self diagnose or cure the dental ailments of your kids at home. A child’s Oral cavity is highly exposed to all kinds of foods and ph challenges and thus it needs constant monitoring, screening and follow-ups. Any disease or pathology that is in its initial stages today , if unattended can reach dangerous potentials in the coming future. A combined effort from parents and the Paediatric Dentists can instill positive behaviour within the child in regards to his dental hygiene. Let's help them become healthy and responsible citizens .Let's prepare them for a better tomorrow !!