Kids / Pediatric Dentistry

It is recommended that your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears. Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for the permanent teeth but are important for chewing, biting, speech and appearance.

Parents play a vital role in the success of their child’s dental health by showing their interest, understanding and motivation towards them.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CARIES

Early childhood caries is a specific form of severe dental caries that affects infants and children 7 months or younger. Any sign of cavity in a child younger than 3 years is termed as severe early childhood caries.
Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child's teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice, sodas and other sweetened drinks. The sugars in these liquids pool around the infant's teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria that cause plaque and lead to development of caries on the teeth.

Treatment of Carious Teeth

1). Filling

By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings in children include tooth colored glass ionomer cement , a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings).

2). Root Canal Treatment

When tooth decay (caries) isn't treated on time, it gets deeper and the infection reaches the nerve (pulp tissue). Such teeth require endodontic treatment (root canal treatment).

This may also be required when a tooth fractures, following the injury. With sound clinical techniques and proper diagnosis and assessment a lot can be done to save the primary teeth.

3). Caps in Milk Molars

Extensively mutilated primary molars with very large cavities are treated with stainless steel crowns. This is also strongly recommended in all molar teeth undergoing root canal treatment.

PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY FOR CHILDREN

A). Orthodontic treatment for children

Orthodontics involves correcting teeth that are badly positioned, crooked or overcrowded, as well as closing gaps between teeth and correcting bites. This is done using orthodontic braces which move the teeth into the correct positions and alignment.

B). Space Maintainers

If primary milk teeth has to be removed before the destined time, Space Maintainer needs to be placed, so that permanent teeth can come in its proper place.

C). Fit and Pressure Sealant

The grinding or chewing surfaces of back teeth attract most of the cavities in children. These are protected by the application of pit & fissure sealants to help keep them  be cavity free.

D). Habit Correction

Children have many habits in their initial years. Persistence of a thumb/figure sucking habit can cause teeth to be pushed, create crowded, crooked teeth or bite problems. Many children respond well to counselling. Others may need a habit breaking appliance to ease them out of the habit.

E). Fluoride Application

Dental fluoride treatment is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain excellent dental health in children. Fluoride treatments are both safe and effective in decreasing the prevalence of cavities in children, by 95% specifically, when combined with dental sealants.

Making the tooth more impervious to acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth, fluoride acts as a shield for the outer enamel layer of the teeth and actually has the ability to reverse early dental decay in some cases.  Professional dental fluoride treatments for children are applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form

If you wish to fix an appointment for dental consultancy at Sneha Dental Care (contact us); you may call the reception and fix an appointment. If you wish to know more details about Pediatric dental treatment and in particular to your condition feel free to call us at: +91-9429284575 or mail us your queries on doctor.sneha21@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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