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General and Preventive Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry

Did you know this about your child’s milk teeth?

The most common myth about baby teeth is that, they need not be treated as they will fall off and will be replaced by permanent teeth! But the fact is that baby teeth are equally important as permanent teeth and require appropriate oral care. Let’s look at some of the primary reasons why your baby’s teeth should be tended to, and what is the Importance of Baby/Primary/Milk Teeth.

  1. Mastication (Chewing)

Function of baby teeth is to help in chewing food and to function till the eruption of permanent teeth. If proper oral hygiene is not maintained, allowing milk tooth to decay leads to pain, discomfort and abscess. Because of this children can resist eating, affecting their overall growth

  1. Smile and psychology

Children upwards of age 4years, are also esthetically concerned when it comes to the appearance of teeth. Thus any discoloration of teeth is likely affect them psychologically. Milk teeth are important to maintain child’s psycho-social well-being as well. Healthy baby teeth are an immense boost to a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

  1. Facial Development

Milk teeth are an important factor affecting normal growth of jaw bone and helps in molding shape to face. They help in appropriate development of adjacent structures thus allowing enough space for the permanent teeth to erupt. Either loss or extra primary tooth affect the occlusion of future permanent teeth indirectly affecting the facial profile of an individual.

  1. Prevention of abnormal growth

Milk teeth are space saver holding spaces! Lets look at another important issue which is the prevention of abnormal growth of teeth and how to maintain natural space for permanent teeth. When permanent teeth are developed enough, they can erupt into the oral cavity, where the milk teeth were holding space for permanent teeth. This prevents malocclusion. Premature removal of primary teeth because of decay or ill-maintained space may cause permanent teeth to erupt in improper positions. This results in crooked teeth, chewing difficulties, facial asymmetries, TMJ problems, and last and most important, decaying of teeth.

  1. Speech

Milk teeth help in the development of speech, especially front teeth. Certain sounds are produced when tongue contacts the upper front teeth and certain sounds are produced when tip of upper front teeth comes in contact with lower. In absence of front teeth children find difficult to pronounce sounds like “th” and “f”. Without healthy, properly-aligned teeth, the child may face problems of articulating words and clarity in speech.

  1. Prevention of fear of Dentist

As long as milk teeth are healthy no painful treatment is required to save tooth from decay. Once the tooth becomes badly infected, it leaves the dentist with only extraction or pulpectomy as an option which has to be done under local anesthesia. At this stage child will be more anxious due to painful and long procedures.

So, visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth comes in the oral cavity and build the habit of visiting the dentist once in every 6 months right from childhood.

It would doubtlessly help in avoiding and reducing not only dental problems but general growth-related problems as well. Healthy milk teeth can also lower the financial burden for parents in future for complicated procedures.

Our dentists are dedicated to providing exceptional oral healthcare so that the little ones’ dental appointments will be non-traumatic and stress-free. Our Pedodontists make sure the child is comforted and ready for treatment by communicating in a kind and compassionate manner.

Call us at +91-9141160212 to book an appointment with our Pediatric dentistry Specialist.

Cosmetic Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry

Does thumb sucking and pacifier affect my child’s teeth?

Thumb sucking, finger sucking or pacifier use is one of the most common infant’s natural reflexes. They begin to suck on their thumb or other fingers while they are in the womb! Infants and young children have a tendency to continue the habit from within the womb and may suck on pacifier and other objects.

The habit provides some children with a sense of security during difficult periods, such as when they are separated from their parents, surrounded by strangers or in an unfamiliar environment. Young children may also thumb-suck to help fall asleep or to soothe themselves.

What is the inherent difference between thumb sucking versus pacifier use?

It is observed that allowing thumb-sucking or soothing with a pacifier could mean fewer sleepless nights for already exhausted parents. Once your toddler reaches age of two or four years, but still continues the use of pacifier or the habit of thumb sucking, then it can prove to be harmful for their teeth. Thumb sucking may be a harder habit to break than pacifier use as it is always available. The advantage of using a pacifier includes being able to take it away when it is no longer appropriate. It’s a concern with children using it throughout the day. They can cause dental imperfection, increased ear infections and sometimes interfere with speech development, depending on use.

What is Pacifier Teeth? What are the effects of Pacifier Teeth?

The term coined ‘pacifier teeth’ specifically refers to the damage brought about by a pacifier. If your growing baby continues using pacifier or sucking thumb:

  • Teeth might end up growing-in crooked
  • Position of the teeth might change
  • Jaw might not be properly aligned
  • There might be bite problems
  • Upper teeth might protrude forward

So what should I do to Break the habit

Thumbsucking or pacifier use can be harmful to your child. It is better to restrain your child from cultivating the habit, as it can often prove difficult to weaning your child from the use of pacifier. Here are some ways in which you can break the habit of thumbsucking or stop the use of pacifier:

  • Instead of chiding your child for thumb sucking, offer praise or a treat for not doing so
  • It is often observed that children suck their fingers when feeling insecure. Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and comfort the child.
  • Keep their hands and mind occupied with activities like arts and crafts or place a toy to play with. Sometimes they thumb-suck because they’re bored.
  • For an older child, your dentist can offer encouragement to your child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking.

Children usually stop sucking between the ages of two and four years old, or by the time the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. If you notice abnormal changes in your child’s primary teeth, or are concerned about your child’s thumb sucking habit consult your dentist.

Call us at +91-9141160212 to book an appointment with our Pediatric Dental Specialist

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry – Helping Little Smiles grow into Big Smiles!

As Pediatric Dentists, we believe that ‘smiles can start as early as age one’ and the newborn babies have the most charming innocent smiles.

As we have read here, most babies start teething as early as 6-8 months of age and some after they turn 12 months old. That is exactly when our role as a pediatric dental doctor sets in!

Do you know the type of Treatments Pediatric Dentists Provide?

Pediatric dentists use their extensive expert knowledge to evaluate some of the comprehensive oral and dental health care conditions such as:

  1. Delayed teething issues in babies or toddlers: For an infant to be suitably weaned onto solids, it’s imperative that the child hits the developmental milestones at the right time, and teething in babies is one of the important milestones. If the teeth or jaw fails to form, this often manifests as late teething which may occur in many babies and needs to be addressed immediately. An untimely tooth eruption can hinder a child’s speech development so the issue needs to be reviewed and treated promptly.
  2. Tooth decay and dental caries: It is a less known fact that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Baby teeth are more prone to decay compared to permanent teeth as the milk teeth have lesser mineral content than the permanent teeth. Baby teeth are going to fall out eventually but they matter a lot and when the cavities are left untreated, it may cause infections and dental abscesses around the root. This will affect and harm the eruption, growth, and development of the permanent teeth, which develops right below the milk tooth. Untreated cavities can also impair the chewing/masticatory abilities of the child which greatly influences the overall wellbeing and the development of the child.
  3. Misaligned teeth (Malocclusion): Malocclusion due to developmental issues can be addressed by the pedodontist.

 

Pedodontists also specialize in various other tasks like:

  • Child’s special oral care needs and dental health exams
  • Preventive dental care like teeth cleaning and fluoride applications, application of sealants and special counseling and recommendations on child’s nutrition and diet
  • Toothaches due to an abscess or broken, cracked tooth are considered dental emergencies
  • Breaking the child’s habit by discouraging thumb sucking, pacifier use, and finger sucking habits through different devices and methods as a part of oral habit counseling
  • Focusing on long term space changes and management if the primary tooth is lost in case there is a premature loss of teeth
  • Early assessments for correcting an improper bite (orthodontic treatment) and straightening teeth that are misaligned
  • Dental injuries like a displaced or fractured tooth that needs to be repaired or cared for
  • Diagnosis of oral conditions that are associated with some of the diseases like a congenital heart defect, asthma, diabetes, hay fever, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, etc.
  • Ulcers, mucoceles, pediatric periodontal diseases, and other gum disease management.

 

Our pediatric dentists encourage parents to start timely and preventive dental check-ups for their child. Following are some of the guidelines our pediatric dental specialist suggests for Infant Oral Health Care:

  • Brush and Floss teeth every day: To maintain a healthy set of teeth for life, brush your teeth at least twice a day and flossing it right after eating to eliminate harmful bacteria from the mouth is a good practice and the most effective way to remove plaque and debris from a child’s teeth.
  • Using toothpaste that contains fluoride: Dentists recommend that fluoride toothpaste should be a part of your child’s dental routine as fluoride makes the teeth strong and helps prevent cavities but just make sure that your child uses a very little amount of toothpaste because swallowing fluoride products increase the risk of fluorosis, a condition that causes changes in the appearance of tooth enamel in little kids.
  • Frequent and regular dental appointments: The dentists will provide strategies to decrease the risk of tooth decay by evaluating the general conditions of your child’s mouth.
  • Nutritional Assessment & Diet evaluation: Diet and nutrition play a key role in a child’s overall dental health as the food that they eat has a lasting effect on their teeth which could do some crucial damage. The risk of cavities and decay is greater when the child’s teeth are exposed to sugary food items more frequently.

 

At Credence Dental, as a pediatric doctor, our primary goal is to use our professional expertise, and retain a child’s healthy radiant picture-perfect smile and assure that our little patients feel safe and relaxed when undergoing dental treatments. We ensure that a child’s pediatric dental experience turns out to be a positive one and they would be happy to return.

Our dentists are dedicated to providing exceptional oral healthcare so that the little ones’ dental appointments will be non-traumatic and stress-free. Our Pedodontists make sure the child is comforted and ready for treatment by communicating in a kind and compassionate manner. Based upon a child’s dental health history, severity, special health care needs, and parental preferences, suggestions on dental treatments are provided by our dentists for the emotional, intellectual development, and the well-being of a child.

Call us at +91-9141160212 to book an appointment with our Pediatric dentistry Specialist.

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry – A Healthy Smile begins with a Child

A happy and smiling child is worth more than all the money in the world!

All parents would definitely agree with the above statement. As parents, we know that the health of our little ones is extremely precarious, and utmost attention is required. It is a less known fact that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. It is imperative that parents inculcate good practices from childhood to ensure optimum dental hygiene, which would continue into teenage and spill over into adulthood.

Let’s start with what exactly is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric Dentistry, also known as Pedodontics, is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with preventive and therapeutic oral health in children of all ages, from toddlers to teens.

Pediatric Dentists or Pedodontists are the specialty oral care providers who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems for infants and children through adolescence. They have the qualifications and experience to care for a child’s teeth, mouth, and gums throughout the various stages of childhood.

Taking your child for routine dental check-ups from a very early age will pave the way for sustained, healthy dental habits lifelong. It places a very strong emphasis on the fact that their oral health is a top priority and that is how a child will learn to prioritize their dental health and start caring about it.

What are baby teeth and why is it important to save Baby Teeth?

Baby teeth which are also known as deciduous teeth/milk teeth/primary teeth play a big role in a child’s dental health. Children get their first baby teeth during the first 6-8 months of life and they start losing their milk tooth when they turn 6 to 7 years, which eventually are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth.

Milk teeth should be maintained well despite the fact that it will fall off eventually to be replaced by a permanent set of teeth. If they fall out prematurely, the eruption and the development of the permanent teeth will be hindered as the baby teeth serve as natural place-holders for the baby’s secondary teeth.

Importance of Baby Teeth

Having known what is pediatric dentistry and baby teeth, let’s read on to know why it is essential to have a dental checkup for your child?

It’s vital to take your children for a regular dental checkup, beginning at a young age because neglecting those important baby teeth can cause trouble which could very well be for a lifetime.

Without proper dental care, there are possibilities that a child might face tooth problems such as tooth decay, early tooth loss, and common dental problems such as tongue thrusting, lip sucking, and also gum diseases. It is definitely alarming to know that as per extensive surveys and reports, nearly 25% of children between the ages of 2 to 5 years, already have teeth cavities.

Taking your child for routine dental check-ups from a very early age will pave the way for sustained, healthy dental habits lifelong. It places a very strong emphasis on the fact that their oral health is a top priority and that is how a child will learn to prioritize their dental health and start caring about it.

As parents, you always want to do what is best for your children and your children’s dental health is no exception.

We know how exhaustive it is for a parent to prepare your child for dental procedures. It is not going to be easy as children are not very cooperative always. In fact, dental exams can be an intimidating and painful experience for a child which they would like to avoid and this can be quite overwhelming for parents as well.

We at Credence Dental are well experienced to pamper and treat our young patients to have a pleasant experience and leave with a smile to eat all the chocolates and sweets they enjoy eating.

We believe that a healthy smile begins with a child!

Call us at +91-9141160212 to book an appointment with our Pediatric dentistry Specialist